Freudenberg drives New Mobility

Internal combustion engines, hybrid technologies, fuel cells, pure electric vehicles or autonomous driving – getting from one place to another in a vehicle will be more varied. The Freudenberg Group is aware of the changes and is working on mobility concepts of tomorrow. These concepts include innovative solutions beyond electric mobility.
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By 2030 we expect about 30 percent of vehicles to be powered by electric drivetrains – including both pure electric engines and plug-in hybrids.

Dr. Mohsen Sohi, Freudenberg Group CEO

 

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  • Combustion

  • Fuel Cell

  • Hybrid

  • E-Battery

We make cars safer

The quality of the products used in a vehicle is essential to ensure the safety of passengers.

We make cars lighter

Weight-saving is a crucial challenge to increase range of vehicles as well as reduce emissions.

We make cars quieter

Noise and vibration are not only caused by the powertrain, but also by adverse road conditions.

We make cabin air cleaner

In enclosed spaces, particularly in vehicle passenger compartments, the passenger is besides the small solid particles also exposed to ten million times smaller gases. These are often very harmful substances such as benzene, toluene or ozone.

We make cars more efficient

In order to reduce energy consumption, vehicles need to become more efficient.

We ensure passenger comfort

Innovative solutions increase the driving experience inside the driver's cab.

We ensure a longer operating life

Unique material expertise extends the life of key automotive components.

Suspension

Vibracoustic air springs can be adjusted to different ride heights, to reduce air resistance at higher speeds and increasing overall range. In additon, they reduce the noise and vibrations caused not only by powertrains, but also by adverse road conditions.

Lubrication

Specialty lubricants from Klüber Lubrication help minimize the stick-slip that causes the squeaking, creaking and rattling, clearly audible to vehicle occupants. Noise levels can then be clearly reduced.

Klüber Lubrication offers a wide range of lubricants classified as odor-neutral by the VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie) and leading car makers. With versatile in-house testing options, and collaborative arrangements with top-ranking independent institutes, Klüber Lubrication offers odor-neutrality.

Cabin roof

Freudenberg nonwovens are lightweight, without compromise in quality and therefore save weight to increase efficiency. High quality interior fabrics also ensure a quiet and comfortable ride.

Transmission

Vibracoustic has created an innovative gearbox mounting solution that not only eliminates gearbox whine but also provides weight and cost savings and improves system durability.

Engine

To ensure maximum comfort for the driver, vibrations coming from the engine must be isolated and road excitations must be damped as effectively as possible. To achieve this, powertrain mounts developed and manufactured by Vibracoustic are used - either as engine or gearbox mounts.

SurTec cleaning solutions have significant advantages for production processes and for the final cleaning of pistons and cylinders in a car’s powertrain. Another SurTec passivation process provides optimal corrosion protection.

Cabin air filtration

Freudenberg cabin air filters reliably protect drivers and passengers. Particle or combi filters prevent soot, dust and foul odors entering through the ventilation system. The latest micronAir cabin air filters also prevent particulates, allergens and fungal microspores from entering the vehicle cabin.

Chassis mounts

Anti-vibration bearings, mounts, springs, isolators, and mass dampers reduce the noise and vibrations caused not only by powertrains, but also by adverse road conditions.

Steering

Freudenberg sealing solutions for chassis parts are long lasting and can therefore ensure reliability of moving parts.

Aside from brakes, steering systems have the highest lubrication requirements in the chassis. Klüber Lubrication’s products, together with those of well-known steering system manufacturers, ensure a safe driving sensation through low breakaway torque and excellent friction coefficients.

Fuel Cell

Gas Diffusion Layer (GDL) materials are one of the performance critical components in fuel cells acting both as the functional as well as the supporting structure for membrane electrode assembly (MEA). 

Freudenberg GDL materials exhibit high electrical and thermal conductance, protect the membrane from potential puncture damage, allow safe and productive downstream processing in MEA manufacturing, and are tailored for optimized mass transport according to the fuel cell operating conditions.

Some Important product features of fuel cell stacks are robustness, and durability. Freudenberg has developed seal materials that meet all requirements of fuel cell environment and lifetime operation.

Fuel Cell Humidifier

Supplemental membrane humidification is essential for fuel cell applications requiring high performance and/or extended durability. Freudenberg's gas-to-gas and liquid-to-gas humidifiers are based on an innovative hollow fiber technology and benefit from the Group's expertise in engineering, simulation and design.

Fuel Cell Filter

Fuel cells are especially vulnerable to contaminants in the air. Freudenberg's filters protect stack and system components from harmful particulates and gaseous contaminants.

Battery

The excellent thermal and mechanical properties of Freudenberg's ceramic separators improve safety and reliability of devices at cell level, outclassing conventional battery separators.

Freudenberg offers sealing solutions for batteries which can withstand extremes in temperature and pressure. This helps to increase battery safety and extends operating life.

SurTec’s Chromium (VI)-free passivation provides excellent corrosion protection for aluminum battery casings that ensure a casing’s longer life and greater battery safety.

Lubrication

Specialty lubricants from Klüber Lubrication help minimize the stick-slip that causes the squeaking, creaking and rattling, clearly audible to vehicle occupants.  Noise levels can then be clearly reduced.

Klüber Lubrication offers a wide range of lubricants classified as odor-neutral by the VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie) and leading car makers. With versatile in-house testing options, and collaborative arrangements with top-ranking independent institutes, Klüber Lubrication offers odor-neutrality.

Engine/transmission

The Levitex crankshaft seal creates an air cushion that seals the engine compartment with virtually no friction. It can reduce the CO2 emissions of vehicles by 0,5 to 1 gram per kilometer.

Vibracoustic has created an innovative gearbox mounting solution that not only eliminates gearbox whine but also provides weight and cost savings and improves system durability.

SurTec cleaning solutions have significant advantages for production processes and for the final cleaning of pistons and cylinders in a car’s powertrain. Another SurTec passivation process provides optimal corrosion protection.

Engine/start-stop

Freudenberg's Overrunning Damper Isolator Pulley (ODIP) system makes start-stop systems more efficiently and reduce fuel consumption.

Specialty lubricants from Klüber for rolling bearings in electrical components such as generators or motors ensure long-term performance, long relubrication intervals or even permanent lubrication at high temperatures or speeds. Best of all, they also help prevent electric erosion.

Cabin Roof

Freudenberg's nonwovens are lightweight, without compromise in quality and therefore save weight to increase efficiency.

Lubrication

Specialty lubricants from Klüber Lubrication help minimize the stick-slip that causes the squeaking, creaking and rattling, clearly audible to vehicle occupants. Noise levels can then be clearly reduced.

Klüber Lubrication offers a wide range of lubricants classified as odor-neutral by the VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie) and leading car makers. With versatile in-house testing options, and collaborative arrangements with top-ranking independent institutes, Klüber Lubrication offers odor-neutrality.

Battery

The excellent thermal and mechanical properties of Freudenberg's ceramic separators improve safety and reliability of devices at cell level, outclassing conventional battery separators.

Freudenberg offers sealing solutions for batteries which can withstand extremes in temperature and pressure. This helps to increase battery safety and extends operating life.

SurTec’s Chromium (VI)-free passivation provides excellent corrosion protection for aluminum battery casings that ensure a casing’s longer life and greater battery safety.

Battery separators

Battery thermal stability
The excellent mechanical and thermal properties of Freudenberg's ceramic separators improve safety and reliability of devices at cell level, outclassing conventional battery separators.

Higher energy density
The thermal stability of Freudenberg's separators allows for a high energy density, increasing performance and range.

Battery seals

Freudenberg offers sealing solutions for batteries which can withstand extremes in temperature and pressure. This helps increase battery safety and extends operating life.

Corrosion protection SurTec’s Chromium (VI)-free passivation provides excellent corrosion protection for aluminum battery casings that ensure a casing’s longer life and greater battery safety.

Suspension

Range extension
Freudenberg's air springs can be adjusted to different ride heights, to reduce air resistance at higher speeds and increasing overall range. 

Cooling effect
Freudenberg's air springs allow electric vehicles to adjust the ride heights in the front and back to optimize the airflow underneath the vehicle to passively and efficiently cool the battery.

Cabin air filter

The increased available space in electric vehicles allows Freudenberg's solutions to be even more effective in protecting passengers against particulate matter, allergens and gaseous pollutants.

Chassis mounts

Freudenberg's anti-vibration bearings, mounts, springs, isolators, and mass dampers reduce the noise and vibrations caused not only by powertrains, but also by adverse road conditions.

Lightweight construction To support net-shape, lightweight structural aluminum casting manufacturing processes, Chem-Trend’s die cast product line offers HERA™ (High-Efficiency Release Agent) to support faster processing rates, extend tooling life, post cast processing (painting, cathodic coating, welding and adhesive bonding) and improved part integrity.

Cabin roof

Sound absorption
Freudenberg's materials for automotive absorb sound effectively, ensure a pleasant climate inside the vehicle.

Light weight
Freudenberg's nonwovens are light in weight, without compromise in quality and this weight save helps to increase efficiency and range of electric vehicles.

Lubricants

Freudenberg's products allow optimal lubrication of moving parts and therefore increase efficiency.

Specialty lubricants from Klüber Lubrication help minimize the stick-slip that causes the squeaking, creaking and rattling, clearly audible to vehicle occupants.  Noise levels can then be clearly reduced.

Klüber Lubrication offers a wide range of lubricants classified as odor-neutral by the VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie) and leading car makers. With versatile in-house testing options, and collaborative arrangements with top-ranking independent institutes, Klüber Lubrication offers odor-neutrality.

Specialty lubricants from Klüber for rolling bearings in electrical components such as generators or motors ensure long-term performance, long relubrication intervals or even permanent lubrication at high temperatures or speeds. Best of all, they also help prevent electric erosion. 

Suspension & steering seals

Freudenberg's sealing solutions for chassis parts are long lasting and can therefore ensure reliability of moving parts.

Aside from brakes, steering systems have the highest lubrication requirements in the chassis. Klüber Lubrication’s products, together with those of well-known steering system manufacturers, ensure a safe driving sensation through low breakaway torque and excellent friction coefficients.

New mobility at Freudenberg

Interview with Dr. Mohsen Sohi, CEO of the Freudenberg Group, about future mobility concepts.

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