New research and development centre for electronics: a milestone for vehicle electrification for MAHLE

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  • New research and development center for electronics opened in Valencia
  • Location expanded to become a global competence centre for electronics
  • MAHLE strengthens its competence qas systems supplier for e-mobility 

Electronic systems are becoming increasingly important in modern vehicles. The powertrain of the future is a system consisting of interconnected hardware and software that communicates and interacts intelligently within the vehicle. As a pioneer of future mobility solutions, MAHLE is therefore continuously expanding its activities in the area of electronics, with the company’s new research and development center in Valencia representing a significant element of this approach.

“As a creator of new and climate-friendly mobility solutions, we believe that the ongoing development of e-mobility is crucial. With our new research and development centre, we’re strengthening our competence in the area of power electronics and consistently working toward our goal of becoming a holistic systems supplier in this field,” explains Dr. Jörg Stratmann, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of the MAHLE Group.

In the future, power electronics and software solutions—e.g., for products such as electric drive systems and auxiliary components, charge management systems, or heating and cooling systems—will be developed in Valencia. Another area of focus will be the validation of systems in accordance with the standards of the automotive industry.

To effectively advance the electrification of vehicles, MAHLE has combined its activities relating to electric drives, actuators and auxiliaries, as well as control and power electronics in the Mechatronics division. These products are used in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and off-highway vehicles.

“With its excellent universities, Valencia is an ideal hub for modern research and development. I’m convinced that our new research and development centre will be an asset to the city and become a magnet for electronics development, attracting the next generation of engineers,” says Wilhelm Emperhoff, Member of the Management Board of the MAHLE Group and responsible for the Filtration and Engine Peripherals business unit as well as the Mechatronics division.

MAHLE’s goal is to make individual mobility more climate-friendly and sustainable. To achieve this, the company is pursuing a dual strategy. On the one hand, MAHLE is working intensively on the further optimization of the combustion engine. On the other, the company is developing solutions for the widespread adoption of e-mobility. As a key player in the automotive industry, MAHLE is therefore instrumental in shaping the future of mobility.

MAHLE will be exhibiting at Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe 2019 at stand 435.