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Marelli Presents New Smart Actuators for Transmission and Thermal Management In Electric Vehicles

Marelli smart actuators
Written by Kirsten Campbell

Marelli’s solution will help carmakers reduce complexity and ease the integration in vehicles’ mechanic and electronic environments.

As future cars are expected to include more than 100 actuators with different missions and purposes, Marelli’s new range of multipurpose smart actuators are designed to simplify actuation of complex vehicle functions.

Marelli’s new smart actuators include an electronic module that autonomously controls the actuator itself and connects it to the vehicle electronic network. The device has a flexible, modular and scalable mechanical design to fit complex vehicle electronics and transmission configurations, and a software management designed for easy integration. The overall solution allows simple customization and installation within the vehicle, has a super compact size and light weight, features on board diagnostics and is cyber security ready.

The company offers multipurpose actuators for hybrid and full electric vehicles transmission control, which have applications in systems such as park lock, disconnect clutches, shift by wire and two-speeds actuators. It also develops actuators for battery electric vehicles thermal management, resulting from the combination of Marelli’s competences in both propulsion and thermal solutions areas. The focus is particularly on high-end actuators where challenging performances and features are required, such as high safety relevance and cyber security, precise and fast operations, use in severe environments. Based on Marelli’s system expertise and integration capabilities, these new solutions for electric vehicles add to the significant production of actuators manufactured each year by the company to drive turbo chargers, manage engine intake and drive gearboxes in internal combustion engines.

The new smart actuators are presented for the first time at The Battery Show 2023, North America’s largest event on advanced batteries and vehicle electrification, taking place from September 12 to 14, 2023.

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Kirsten Campbell is a Marketing Tornado and junk robot of information. Analytical and creative, she has been in marketing and communications since 2008 and worked with everyone from small businesses to your favorite household names. 


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