One of the segments is e-mobility, an industry in which China is the global leader. E-vehicle sales in China are the largest globally. In 2018, combined manufacturer sales reached over one million e-cars in the People’s Republic for the first time, more than half of total global production during the same year.
For this market, FUCHS China established a special team to focus on the e-mobility opportunity and start to develop related products for this application. “In e-mobility, the need is basically driven by the motor, which is a high speed motor,“ says Zhu Qingping, “And also, the vehicle is very quiet.” This meant that fluids had to be developed that would minimize noise inside the quieter e-vehicles.
FUCHS also saw potential for additional products and identified a need for multifunctional fluids, such as thermal fluids, the need to take into account influences on wear, corrosion and electrical conductivity as well as the need for tailor-made technology with sustainable raw materials.