Vitesco Technologies wins major order from European vehicle manufacturer
Vitesco Technologies, a leading supplier in the field of vehicle electrification, and Continental’s Powertrain division has won a major contract from an European vehicle manufacturer for the supply of innovative electric heating elements for diesel catalytic converters. This EMICAT brand e-catalyst technology will be used in two of the manufacturer’s 48-volt hybrid van models. Start of production for the multi-million contract is scheduled for end 2022.
The capability to rapidly heat up the catalytic converter at all times increases the overall efficiency of exhaust-gas aftertreatment. This means that the vehicles will be prepared to meet the future extremely stringent Euro 7 standard. The EMICAT e-catalyst developed by Vitesco Technologies is a form of smart electrification for combustion engines. It ensures effective exhaust gas aftertreatment, even when the exhaust gas is actually too cold for this purpose. This is the case, for example, when a diesel engine is producing very little heat in slow urban traffic. The 48 V current for the e-catalyst is obtained via recuperation in the vehicle’s mild hybrid system.