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The demand for aftermarket PTC heaters is on the rise due to the increasing vehicle population and the rising cost of replacing original equipment (OE) PTC heaters. Aftermarket PTC heaters often offer a more cost-effective alternative to OE heaters, making them an attractive choice for many consumers.
The integration of PTC heaters with various vehicle systems, including climate control and battery management systems, is becoming more prevalent. This integration enhances the overall performance and efficiency of these systems. For example, some manufacturers are incorporating PTC heaters into the climate control system to deliver more precise temperature regulation.
Manufacturers are continually innovating PTC heater materials and technologies to enhance their performance and efficiency. These advancements are making PTC heaters more accessible and cost-effective for a broader range of vehicle manufacturers. For instance, some manufacturers are exploring innovative materials like graphene, known for their superior efficiency compared to traditional materials.
In regions with cold climates, PTC heaters are gaining popularity due to their ability to prevent ice and snow formation on windows, particularly the windshield. This not only enhances visibility but also contributes to road safety. PTC heaters can rapidly defrost windows, reducing the risk of accidents.
Luxury vehicles are increasingly incorporating advanced amenities, including PTC heaters, to enhance passenger comfort and convenience. PTC heaters find applications in providing heated seats, steering wheels, and windshields, significantly improving cabin comfort, especially during cold weather.
These systems require PTC heaters to function effectively in cold weather conditions. ADAS sensors need to be maintained at an optimal temperature to ensure proper operation, and PTC heaters help prevent sensor freezing and malfunction.
Heaters with positive temperature coefficients are self-regulating devices that operate in an open loop without any external diagnostics. PTC heaters, on the other hand, use conductive inks printed on thin, flexible polymer-based surfaces instead of wires and coils to create heat. As a result of the PTC heater’s material characteristics, it may function as its own sensor, removing the need for external feedback controls.
The risk of overheating in the product is avoided by using the PTC heater. It’s also more efficient and dependable than its standard model counterpart, making it ideal for products requiring safe, quick, and uniform heating.
As the threshold temperature rises PTC materials hinder current flow , but allow it to pass as it becomes colder. These heaters operate best between -40°C and 70°C, and manufacturers customize the threshold temperatures during the initial design phase.
In an EV, the PTC heater runs off the high voltage battery to maximize the power delivered to the heater. An IGBT or other high current power device is used to power on and off the heater, while the current and voltage sensors monitor the input voltage and current draw. To manage the heater and communicate with the other modules in the vehicle a high-tech MCU is used.
Conventional heater manufacturing includes processes such as acid bath which is not required in PTC heater manufacturing and hence minimizes the environmental effect. Multiple heater stages are possible. Single-stage mini-heaters for decentralized heating, powerful four/ five-stage heaters with electronic control that offer twice the thermal safety and longer service life.
In all high-output models, PC boards and the switching elements are thermally isolated from one another by a bus bar and an excess temperature cut-out is integrated into the PTC electronic circuit.
Eberspacher has launched a new PTC heater for EVs that is 20% smaller and lighter than its previous model. The new heater is also more efficient, with a thermal efficiency of up to 95%.
DBK Group has launched a new PTC heater for EVs that is designed to operate in extreme temperatures. The heater can operate at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius and as high as 85 degrees Celsius.
Woory Corporation has launched a new PTC heater for EVs that is designed to be integrated with the vehicle’s climate control system. The heater can be controlled via the vehicle’s touchscreen display or smartphone app.
Zhenjiang Dongfang Electric Heating has launched a new PTC heater for EVs that is designed to be used in cold climates. The heater has a built-in thermal insulation system that helps to keep the cabin warm even in sub-zero temperatures.
Suzhou Xinye Electronics has launched a new PTC heater for EVs that is designed to be used in hot climates. The heater has a built-in cooling system that helps to keep the cabin cool even in extreme heat.
KLC has launched a new PTC heater for EVs that is designed to be used in a variety of climates. The heater has a wide operating temperature range and a built-in temperature sensor that helps to ensure that the cabin is always at a comfortable temperature.
A significant role in the automobile sector is played by heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). The adoption of a better HVAC system has an impact on the passengers’ thermal comfort and the electric vehicle’s battery efficiency.
Excess engine heat used to be used in conventional cars to heat the interior. More efficient engines in today’s automobiles produce less heat. As a result, Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) technology has been able to tackle current car heating difficulties.
This is a sort of self-regulating heater, which does not require any external diagnostics control. Heaters with a set resistance used to have coils and wires to generate heat.
With vehicle sales set to increase in Asia since nations like China, Taiwan and South Korea are leaders in chip manufacturing technology. Due to the cheap labor and production cost, China manufactures the cheapest PTC heater in the global market.
China also saw an increase in premium electric vehicles launched with domestic brands such as Nio, Xpeng, etc., and also international top sellers such as the VW ID series which were equipped with PTC heaters.
It is expected that electric car sales in India would increase sales of PTCs in the area. Japan is dominated by Hybrid Vehicles and Toyota is the most sold OEM in this region which offers PTC heaters in 90% of its models.
The biggest threat in Asia Ex China is the usage of the heat pumps by Hyundai and Kia in their BEVs. These have a huge impact in the Asia Ex China region and this will affect the deployment of high voltage coolant heaters in this region
The GCC nations, Turkey, South Africa, etc., are projected to have stronger economic conditions than other countries in the MEA area, resulting in higher demand. There’s a good chance that an improving economic climate in Africa will contribute a little amount of increase to sales.
West and North America are projected to have significant development potential because of strict regulations and a greater uptake rate of newer, more environmentally friendly technology.
In Latin America and the Middle East & Africa, electric car sales will increase at the slowest rate due to the lack of infrastructure and the abundance of oil. With a maximum thickness of 0.001-inch, PTC heaters take up a very little amount of space. As a result, they are more cost-effective and lighter than traditional heating systems.
If you fold them up or poke them, they won’t be damaged. Defensive against chemical and water corrosion, they have an extended lifespan.
The aftermarket demand for PTC heaters is growing due to the increasing number of vehicles on the road and the rising cost of replacing original equipment (OE) PTC heaters.
Governments around the world are implementing stringent environmental regulations to reduce emissions from vehicles. This is putting pressure on vehicle manufacturers to develop more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles. PTC heaters can help to improve fuel efficiency, but they can also add weight and complexity to vehicles.
Consumers are increasingly demanding lightweight vehicles that offer better fuel efficiency and performance. This is challenging PTC heater manufacturers to develop lightweight and compact PTC heaters.
Chinese manufacturers are increasingly competing with established PTC heater manufacturers in global markets. Chinese manufacturers are able to offer PTC heaters at lower prices due to their lower cost of production.
Valeo, a leading global automotive supplier, and PTC America, a leading manufacturer of PTC heaters, announced a partnership to develop new aftermarket PTC heaters. The new heaters will be designed to be compatible with a wide range of vehicles and will be available through Valeo’s global distribution network.
Huanghua Hengtong Electric Heating Technology Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese manufacturer of PTC heaters, announced its expansion into the North American market. The company plans to open a new sales and distribution office in Detroit, Michigan later this year.
Automotive PTC heaters are becoming smaller and more integrated with other vehicle systems, such as climate control systems and battery management systems. This is making them more efficient and cost-effective.
New PTC heater materials and technologies are being developed to improve the performance and efficiency of PTC heaters. For example, some manufacturers are developing PTC heaters that are made of new materials, such as graphene, which are more efficient than traditional materials.
ADAS features such as lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control require PTC heaters to operate in cold weather conditions. This trend is expected to drive the growth of the automotive PTC heater market in the coming years.
Non-contact PTC heaters are being developed that can generate heat without making physical contact with the surface to be heated. This type of PTC heater has the potential to revolutionize the way PTC heaters are used in vehicles.
AI is being used to develop new PTC heater control algorithms that can improve the efficiency and performance of PTC heaters. AI is also being used to develop new applications for PTC heaters, such as pre-heating the vehicle’s cabin before the driver gets in.
The adoption of PTC heaters is growing in developing countries due to the increasing demand for vehicles and the rising standard of living. This trend is expected to drive the growth of the global automotive PTC heater market in the coming years.
Temperature-limiting PTC air heaters eliminate the risk of overheating by self-regulating. For this reason, FIN PTC air heaters always function at the greatest safety levels. Because of this, the heating system has a longer lifespan than conventional heating systems. They circulate air using big aluminium fins whose surface area provides a uniform heat transfer with a low output.
KLC has brought in the latest development within the PTC Air Heater for better requirements of heating and designed compliance to regulations. KLC’s MH Type PTC Air Heaters are designed with single stage heating (full power).
However, MH type PTC Air Heaters can be designed with multiple power stage by heating one or two tubes at a time. It is more power efficient and will help extend heater lifetime. PTC’s unique heat property allows the PTC heat output to be regulated by the airflow applied. The higher the airflow, the higher the heat output and power(wattage).
Hence depending on the end design, if the ambient temperature is high, the PTC output power will decrease, if the airflow is high with low ambient temperature, then the PTC output power will increase. It is placed in a plastic frame based upon temperature resistant structural requirements.
Borg Warner Inc has recently introduced the latest High Voltage Cabin Heating Technology. The High-voltage positive temperature coefficient (PTC) cabin heating technology has an enclosed heater rod with a glue-free, pure mechanical press construction, which provides good heat transmission and dependability.
In addition, it has a DC dielectric strength of 4.3 kV because to its double insulation protection. Due to its dual-zone capability, both the heater rod and fin designs provide for accurate and rapid delivery of specific temperatures to the driver and passengers without the noise and waste associated with single-zone heaters. To facilitate full current flow and high temperatures, the cabin heating system uses ceramic PTC components that have very low electrical resistance at low temperatures.
Webasto is an industry giant with products ready for up to 10 kW power output and will look to utilize the commercial vehicle space.
South Korean automobile component maker Woory Industrial signed a 320 billion won ($267.6 million) to supply PTC heaters for electric vehicles of Daimler.
Eberspaecher started production of the third generation of its high-voltage PTC heaters. The new solution, designed specifically for hybrid and electric vehicles, delivers higher heat output, efficiency and is also lighter in weight.
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