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Daikin develops refrigerant for EVs it says lifts range by 50%

Move into auto market is first for Japan's top maker of air conditioners

Daikin plans to enter the automotive market with its new refrigerant, expecting changes to the supply chain with the shift to electric vehicles. (Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

TOKYO -- Daikin Industries, Japan's top air conditioner maker, has developed a refrigerant for electric vehicles that can extend their range by up to 50%, Nikkei has learned. The company plans to commercialize the product by 2025.

Air conditioners use the heat generated by compressing the refrigerant to heat and cool the air inside the car. Daikin's new refrigerant has a boiling point of about minus 40 C, 10 to 15 degrees lower than the conventional product. That reduces the power required for compression.

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