Tesla has just published a new patent describing a new technology to make its heated seats even more efficient.
Today, heated seats are available on most recent cars – whether they come standard or as an option – and are almost essential. It must be said that beyond the comfort they bring to the driver and passenger, especially in winter, they are also very practical and have real advantages, especially on electric vehicles, where every energy expenditure counts.
And for good reason, this system, which appeared in 1966 on the Cadillac Fleetwood, has a non-negligible advantage. Less energy-intensive than air conditioning or heating, the use of the latter makes it possible to reduce electricity consumption and therefore improve autonomy. It is indeed advisable to preheat your vehicle when it is charging, then to only use the heated seats once on the road.
An innovative system
Generally, the seats can heat or ventilate the driver thanks to an electrical resistance system, relatively simple to set up and inexpensive, although taking up space and sometimes being inefficient. Problems that Tesla would like to solve, while Elon Musk’s firm has just filed a new patent on this subject. This is a continuation of the one presented in 2019.
This time, the seats would no longer be heated or cooled in the conventional way, but thanks to a flow of liquid which would circulate throughout the seat. This innovative device then comprises several layers of materials, a heating component and a fluid pump. The latter is sent throughout the seats, through the different layers. It is then possible to take advantage of the inertia to take advantage of the heat or the cool, without using energy.
According to Elon Musk, this solution would have many advantages, for the brand as well as for the motorists who would use it. Indeed, these innovative heated seats would significantly reduce production costs, while its implementation would be inexpensive. In addition, noise would be limited in the cabin, as well as the use of electricity, an important point for a zero-emission vehicle.
Nevertheless, it happens that brands publish patents without ever making use of them. We will therefore have to be patient again before we see this system eventually arrive, described by our colleagues fromhibridosyelectricos.com in the Tesla Model S or Model 3, among others.
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