Volkswagen Group has announced their plans to user CO2 in air conditioning systems in their bid to conserve energy and protect the environment. This announcement was made at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 where the automaker confirmed these plans which will go a long way in ensuring that they achieve their goal of being the world’s premiere environmentally sustainable automaker in the next 5 years.
Additional investments are being planned in the development of efficient technologies, drive system and highly fuel efficient vehicles which are also low on auto emission and environmentally sustainable production. This CO2 technology will be seen throughout the VW fleet. CO2 as a refrigerant will be called R744 and this goes a long way in reducing greenhouse gases as compared to other refrigerants.
This announcement from VW Group followed press reports from Daimler and BMW at the Geneva Motor Show that they would be projecting R744 as a refrigerant for MACs as against the earlier R-1234yf which has been developed by Honeywell and DuPont. Changing a vehicle’s refrigerant is no easy task. Auto makers need to alter the design of the system and the vehicle and also need to seek regulatory approval from US and Europe.