Controlling temperature is important for any car, but it is especially important for electric vehicles like I‑PACE Concept and the I‑TYPE Formula E race car.
In racing, effective thermal management means drivers can compete faster and longer out on track. For road cars such as I‑PACE Concept, drivers can gain up to 50km (or 30 miles) more range between charges.
Within I‑PACE Concept, three temperatures all need to be controlled: the battery, the motors and the driver’s cabin. The car’s sophisticated thermal management system heats and cools all of these individually, and harvests energy from one to the other. So if heat is generated in the electric motor, this is used to heat either the interior or the battery, or both. Transferring heat energy in this way means that the battery is used less for heating, resulting in more of the battery’s power being available for greater range.