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Tier 1 automotive components supplier ZF has developed a heated seatbelt for electric vehicles designed to reduce the energy used to heat the vehicle and improve safety by dissuading occupants from wearing bulky warm clothing that can hamper the effectiveness of restraint systems.

Comfortable warmth close to the body through the belt: Drivers of e-vehicles will soon be able to benefit from comfortable climate control and possible improved range thanks to ZF’s heated seat belt. // Wohlige körpernahe Wärme durch den Gurt: Fahrer von E-Fahrzeugen können bald dank des beheizbaren Sicherheitsgurts von ZF von mehr Komfort und Reichweite profitieren.

Especially effective in combination with seat heaters, the warm embrace of ZF’s seatbelts is claimed to increase EV battery range by up to 15 per cent.

Based on a special webbing with interwoven heating conductors, the special seatbelts are “minimally” thicker than regular items, providing the same level of comfort for occupants and making integration easier for vehicle manufacturers.

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