TotalEnergies and Valeo partner to produce an EV coolant

TotalEnergies and Valeo have announced that they have signed an agreement to develop a new dielectric fluid for cooling electric vehicle (EV) batteries to improve EV efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.

TotalEnergies has developed a new dielectric coolant that can be in direct contact with battery cells. Valeo will contribute its expertise in the related thermal systems to design and build the best solution to integrate the coolant within the electric vehicle battery pack, thereby optimizing performance by conditioning it at the right temperature.

Research conducted under the agreement will enable Valeo to reduce the weight of the thermal systems used to cool vehicle batteries, significantly improving the overall weight, travel range and carbon footprint of electric vehicles and safety in response to battery fire risk.

“The dielectric fluid developed by TotalEnergies rounds out our TotalEnergies QUARTZ EV Fluid range aimed at electric mobility. It is a unique and innovative solution that aims to contribute to the decarbonisation of the electric mobility sector – one of the company’s strategic priorities. What’s more, the technological advantage our product offers in terms of safety, one of our core values, makes it even more unique,” commented Philippe Charleux, Senior Vice President, Lubricants & Specialties at TotalEnergies. “We are very pleased to partner with Valeo, with whom we share the same ambitions of accelerating the development of sustainable mobility solutions and achieving carbon neutrality.”

Francisco Moreno, President of Valeo’s Powertrain Systems Business Group, noted: “Helping to reduce the impact of mobility is central to Valeo’s strategy. Technologies that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions now account for 60% of Group sales, and Valeo plans to continue expanding its portfolio of solutions that promote low-carbon mobility. This research partnership with TotalEnergies is an opportunity to create an innovative solution to further accelerate consumer take-up of electric vehicles.”

Valeo was established in 1923 and started manufacturing friction materials. Today, Valeo is a global automotive supplier in areas of electrification, driving assistance systems, and reinvention of the interior experience and lighting, and it partners with major automakers worldwide. Valeo has 184 plants, 21 research centres, 43 development centres and 16 distribution platforms in 31 countries globally.