The optimized thermal management of an electric vehicle represents one of the greatest opportunities to increase the mileage range. In addition to cabin conditioning, the energy storage system and power electronics and electric motor also require thermal management. An integration of the different thermal subsystems into a single liquid coolant-based system reduces weight and volume and increase efficiency. A modular approach for each thermal subsystem brings to a concept scalable to different vehicle size and complexity. An advanced thermal control logic integrating a sophisticated valve network is able to switch in between multiple operation modes based on vehicle and environment conditions and modify automatically the thermal energy distribution from source to consumer.
Additionally by learning from actual monitoring of performances, the control logic analyses the status and wear information of the components adapting the system configuration to the component diagnostics.
He received the M.S. degree in 2002 and the Ph.D. degree in 2006 from the University of Catania, Italy, both in electrical engineering.
From 2006 to 2013 he worked for Trenitalia in the R&D department on the rolling stocks management system.
In 2013 he has joined Webasto Group where he is currently active in the development of the thermal management system for electric buses.