1. Asia accounts for ~70+% of global automotive electric HVAC compressor production followed by Europe
  2. HVAC compressor with 30-60 cc cooling capacity is most preferred in Europe whereas China and Japan market is dominated by 14-30 cc segment
  3. Europe, the current market leader in terms of volume holds 36% market share. But by 2025, China will be the biggest contributor to Global automotive electric HVAC compressor market with 38%
  4. 350-400V battery packs on EVs has become a norm and scroll compressors on these EVs have 20-33cc cooling capacity
  5. In 2019, US and Japan had the highest Automatic AC penetration of ~73% and ~93% respectively. Multi-zone climate control penetration is high in US, Europe and China but almost negligible in India, Indonesia and Latin America
  6. The average B-2-B HVAC $ Content per vehicle varies from $175 to $500 depending on the type of HMI( HVAC control), module and vent design differ as per vehicle segment and body type (including all types of passenger vehicle)
  7. The average profit margin in EV HVAC is ~15-20% higher than conventional HVAC module due to higher price of compressor
  8. Toyota Industries Corporation( the global market leader) was the first to develop and mass produce continuous variable displacement compressors type in 1995 and mass produce electric compressors in 2003. 
  9. Sanden via its European subsidiary has established a sizeable presence in Premium Electric vehicle market in Europe




Heating , Ventilation and Cooling(HVAC) of a car is a major criterion in a buyer`s purchasing experience as it has a direct effect on the cabin comfort and overall driving experience. Till early 2000`s, >97% of cars produced had reciprocal compressors, which sapped engine power to compress the intake ambient air. But, now as the industry progresses towards fuel efficient and electrified cars, electric/scroll compressors are getting prominence.


The first shift from the reciprocating compressor to E-compressor started happening in the 2012-2013 time frame when European luxury car manufacturers started using it in their luxury cars to improve fuel economy by 2-3%. More than E-compressor, the market was driven towards a variable displacement compressor, which was in line with the growth in other ancillaries like variable displacement oil pump and electric coolant pump.


At that point of time, the volume shift was driven by fuel economy benefits and vehicle electrification trend but the reach was limited to higher segment cars. The move to e-compressor gained real momentum only after 2015, when sales of low-cost Chinese branded electric vehicles in China started growing by 100%.




Infographic: Automotive electric HVAC compressor market, Automotive electric HVAC compressor market size, Automotive electric HVAC compressor market share



In EVs, the use of air conditioners and other electronic components has a significant impact on the cruising distance.

To address the issue Sanden will combine its air-conditioning expertise with Nidec’s traction motor and inverter expertise to accelerate the development and commercialization of an integrated thermal management system for air-conditioning and drive systems for future electric vehicles.


Denso included its first electric compressors into product line-up first in 2012. Denso was responsible for the world’s first mass-produced electric compressor with an integrated inverter and motor.In terms of e-compressors for passenger cars they were first installed in Ford’s Focus electric vehicle in 2012. Denso has been the world’s largest OE suppliers of A/C compressors.  As per the company, its` thermal management technologies including engine cooling is fitted as original equipment to almost 25% of European cars.


In November 2019, Pierburg developed an “Electric Climate Compressor” driven by an electric motor. The new unit is of compact design so that it can fit in the usual installation spaces and serves the regular voltage levels HV2 and HV3. The three modules—mechanical compressor unit, electric motor and power electronics—are modularly integrated.


In China, EV Sales in 2020 witnessed continuous drop in sales over the 6 month period. Phasing out of subsidy for EVs and pandemic outbreak are the chief reasons for this.The Dual credit policy expected to replace the subsidy policy is estimated as the main driver of Chinese EV sales in the future. The EV sales are expected to make up about 25% of the new car sales in 2025 and the policy is estimated to play a crucial role in this.

Post COVID, we are witnessing protectionist policies in auto component sourcing play out at a much higher level than before.As per recent announcement(3rd June 2020) GM is not planning on importing any major EV component and will source all of them domestically at competitive prices.

In Europe,in Jan-May 2020, EV share of new car sales was 7.8% as compared to 3.6% in 2019(Full Year).Germany and France government have announced generous incentives for buying EVs only. In France, the incentives bring down the cost of a $ 40,000 EV to as much as $ 26,285 (when trading in older ICE cars).




The present market size is driven by growing BEV sales in China but in Europe, it’s the replacement of Diesels by 48V Mild hybrids that are driving the market.


In 2019, Shanghai Highly group witnessed an YoY increase of 7.4% in the Automotive HVAC market, as the sales volume reached 30,680,000 units. In case of electric scroll compressors, they achieved a sales volume of 188,100 units, 86.93% up on a YoY basis. Highly’s market share in new energy vehicles accounted for 15% with 7% points up on YoY basis.


Reciprocal compressors are still the dominant HVAC technology for the automotive application, accounting for >70% of the market but the electric scroll compressors are expected to grow at more than XX% CAGR during next 5 years. To know more about Electric Vehicle HVAC market– read our report


The global automotive electric HVAC compressor market size in terms of volume is estimated at 5.4 Million units in 2019  growing at a 19% CAGR till 2025.



About 72% of total automotive Electric HVAC compressors are manufactured in Asia. High technology maturity being the prime reason for that. Scroll compressors are fast replacing rotary compressors globally as well as in Asia. Since the avg cost of an electric scroll compressor lies between $XX-$XX, the suppliers predominantly manufacture in high volumes in Asia and getting it shipped to Europe and North America.


The high scale protects the margin and the added burden of long distance transportation. As of now, most of the suppliers are working on reducing the weight and size of compressors to make it an easy fit for mild-hybrid architecture.

The New compressor development by suppliers is focused on five major themes i.e. Efficeincy, Flexibility, NVH, Ecofriendly referigerant and cost.


In August 2019, Marelli the subsidiary of Calsonic Kansei has entered into a partnership Chinese firm Shanghai Highly Group expert for compressor manufacturing. The JV is between the JCH (Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning) and Highly group. This will allow Marelli with greater access to Chinese market and strengthen its business in EDC for passenger vehicles. The JCH holds 25% of the JV and the total investment in the JV is $38 Million.


In August 2018 MAHLE opened its first production plant for electric compressors in Balassagyarmat/Hungary. It started the production of e-compressors in 2019.

Valeo a leading thermal management system  supplier gravitated towards the e-compressors, as a result of developing an Electrically Driven Compressors (EDC) in early 2017.In Q1-2020, thermal systems witnessed 1,000 million Euros business. South America witnessed  higher  sales in the Thermal Systems Group.




  1. Sanden Corporation
  2. Hanon Systems
  3. Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kg
  4. Mahle Behr GmbH
  5. Valeo S.A.
  6. Denso Corporation
  7. Panasonic Corporation
  8. Calsonic Kansei Corporation
  9. Toyota Industries Corporation
  10. Delphi Plc
  11. Shanghai Highly Group
  12. Pierburg GmBH


  1. The market size (both volume and value) of global electric HVAC compressor Market in 2019-2025, segmented by four categories
  2. Market share of electric compressor manufacturers
  3. Future growth strategy and upcoming products of compressor manufacturers
  4. Cost breakup of electric HVAC compressor
  5. Latest trends in automotive HVAC
  6. Impact of a trade war on electric HVAC compressor production
  7. Role of China in global electric HVAC compressor production and price
  8. The impact of Mobility as a Service on automotive component production
  9. Global Electric vehicle outlook for the next 5 years
  10. Impact of growth in electrified bus market on automotive electric HVAC compressor market


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1Market Segmentation, Scope, Methodology and Definition3-6
2Executive Summary8-11
4Insights from Industry stakeholder16
5An overview of global automotive HVAC market17-19
6Upcoming EV platforms and HVAC system20-21
7Disruptive innovations in EV HVAC market22-24
8Cost breakdown of EV HVAC market by sub-components and average profit margin24-25
9Global EV HVAC compressor manufacturing capacity, by region25
10New product launches and ongoing developments26
11Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Geography27-42
12Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Application44-54
13Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Sub-components56-65
14Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Cooling capacity66-75
15Competitive Landscape76-78
16OEM-Supplier alignment for EV HVAC compressor market79
17Company Profiles81-88
18Unmet needs and opportunity for suppliers90
195 key predictions91
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