Amerigon Incorporated, a leader in developing and marketing products based on advanced thermoelectric (TE) technologies, has announced that its proprietary Climate Control Seat® (CCS®) system will be offered as an option in both front and rear seats in the new 2010 Range Rover, a full-size luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is sold throughout the world. The Range Rover, now owned by India-based Tata Motors, Ltd., has offered the heating and cooling comfort of CCS as an option for the front seats since the 2007 model year and now will offer CCS for both front and rear seats.
Amerigon President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel R. Coker said, “Expanding the market for our seat system to international automotive manufacturers has always been an important initiative for us. While Land Rover has been a customer since 2007, the fact that they will continue to offer CCS in their new design and have added the rear seats is a testament to the system’s value and appeal. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Land Rover’s design and engineering teams.”
The 2010 Range Rover, Land Rover’s flagship model, has been redone inside and out and includes an array of new technology for the interior that enriches and enhances the driving experience, including new seats and new leather. Land Rover luxury brands were acquired from Ford Motor Company by Tata Motors, Ltd., India’s largest automobile company, in 2008.
CCS, the premier actively heated and cooled seat system in the global automotive seat market, delivers year-round comfort to automotive seat occupants by providing both active heating and cooling. The system is completely independent of the automobile’s heating and air conditioning system and does not reduce power available to the engine. It also emits no CFCs or other gases and is completely friendly to the environment.
In the CCS system, which is built around Amerigon’s highly-efficient, solid-state thermoelectric device, air is forced through the heat pump and thermally conditioned in response to electronic switch input from the seat occupant. The conditioned air circulates by a specially designed fan through ducts in the seat cushion and seat back, resulting in a surface that can be heated or cooled. Each seat has individual electronic controls to adjust the level of heating or cooling. CCS substantially improves comfort compared with conventional air conditioners by focusing the cooling directly on the passenger through the seat, rather than waiting until ambient air cools the seat surface behind the passenger.
Amerigon is the largest supplier of TE systems for cars, with more than 4.6 million thermoelectric-based seat systems sold.
Amerigon (NASDAQ:ARGN) develops products based on its advanced, proprietary, efficient thermoelectric (TE) technologies for a wide range of global markets and heating and cooling applications. The Company’s current principal product is its proprietary Climate Control Seat® (CCS®) system, a solid-state, TE-based system that permits drivers and passengers of vehicles to individually and actively control the heating and cooling of their respective seats to ensure maximum year-round comfort. CCS, which is the only system of its type on the market today, uses no CFCs or other environmentally sensitive coolants. Amerigon maintains sales and technical support centers in Southern California, Detroit, Japan, Germany, England and Korea.