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Austrian OBRIST Technologies to become a leading partner in hybrid electric vehicles

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December 15, 2009

Obrist Technologies , a subsidiary of Austrian engineering expert Obrist Engineering, was founded in Los Angeles, California in March 2009 to expand its range of innovative battery cooling, heating and thermal management solutions to the growing market of electric vehicles. The company can build on more than a decade of engineering expertise in vehicle thermal management and components development for cooling and heating solutions. As a Gold Partner of , it is working with US manufacturers of next-generation plug-in hybrids to enhance battery cooling and thermal management.

Building on more than 15 years of thermal management, refrigeration and heating expertise in automotive and stationary applications, OBRIST Technologies is set to become a leading partner for automobile manufacturers investing in next-generation full-electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles.

As the development partner of Californian plug-in hybrid manufacturer Fisker Automotive , OBRIST is currently working on state-of-the-art cooling solutions for lithium-ion battery packs with approx. 23kWh capacity. The company has investigated several cooling concepts, among them air cooling, coolant cooling, and refrigerant cooling systems.

Energy-efficient cooling and fan modules (CRFM), efficient cabin heating with a minimum use of additional electrical heaters and/or heat pump technology, and efficient Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) with evaporator temperature control are issues OBRIST is approaching in the developing process.

"As an independent engineering company, OBRIST Technologies Inc. works with all major Tier 1 suppliers for thermal management and integrates their components and modules into the most energy efficient system for each different vehicle