Range-saving breakthrough in heating to be test in Ford Focus Electric

Researchers at MIT claim to have a breakthrough HVAC system that needs very little energy to run. This system will first be testing by Ford in the Focus Electric in the next year or two.

Funded by a $2.7 millioin grant from Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, the system uses materials to store a high volume of coolant in a small unit. The coolant travels through the system and can either be used to cool or heat the vehicles cabin.

Currently, the size of the unit is way to big to implement in a production vehicle. MIT researchers say it will be ready within 2 years for testing because they need to find an absorbent that absorbs more water, or a way to recharge the system – which currently takes 4 hours. Something described as a “metal organic framework, whose properties can be systematically changed by varying the composition of organic materials that link microscopic clusters of metal” would be their ideal substance.

This site may earn a commission from merchant affiliate links, including eBay, Amazon, and others.
Alan Moeller

By Alan Moeller

EV car evangelist! I read, watch, write, research and chat all things electric cars. Got a lead on a story? Shoot me a message on Facebook.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletter

Stay current with EV news by subscribing to the free EV Future Newsletter Unsubscribe at any time.