By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor
A few months back, I attended the Philadelphia Auto Show, and being a Jeep owner, naturally stopped by to check out the new lineup.
Surely you’ve heard that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been the largest adopter of the new R-1234yf refrigerant thus far, but it doesn’t stop there.
If you look close enough, there’s quite a bit of never-before-seen technology and components on a few of their vehicles.
We never expected to see this type of tubing used on a mobile A/C system, but a bit of testing by MACS may help to explain why FCA decided to utilize plastic in the construction of their high pressure A/C lines. While cost surely plays a role, plastic is also lighter in weight and less susceptible to heat transfer.
We can’t wait to see how much farther they take this technology, and if it will get incorporated into other vehicles.