Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Tired of Frozen Windshields? VW Says its Solution Offers a Silver Lining

  1. #1
    News Dispatcher AutoVerdict's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    4,397

    Tired of Frozen Windshields? VW Says its Solution Offers a Silver Lining

    Source: AutoVerdict
    January 27, 2017
    by AutoVerdict


    Volkswagen has announced the availability of new windshield technology that incorporates a layer of silver within the glass to help reduce misting and ice build-up.

    While heated windows aren't particularly new to the automotive industry, the traditional approach of embedding filaments connected with metal wires within the glass can prove to be distracting to drivers.

    With its solution, Volkswagen uses a wire-free system in which electric current passes through a "wafer-thin" layer of silver within the laminated glass to generate heat and defrost the surface. Hidden filaments at the bottom of the windshield are also used to heat wiper blades to keep them from freezing to the glass. The entire system uses less than 500 watts of power.

    And if eliminating the need for ice scrapers and de-icing spray weren't enough, VW says that the thin silver layer also acts as a passive shield, reflecting up to 60 percent of summer heat to keep the cabin temperature up to 15 degrees cooler than glass tinting.

    The new heated reflective windshields are available as options for the Golf, Golf Sportsvan, Tiguan, Sharan, Passat and Passat Variant starting from 340 or about $363 U.S.

    Read full article at AutoVerdict

    [Return to AutoVerdict blog]

  2. #2
    Senior Editor mrickan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    439
    I can hardly believe those humorless Wolfsburg PR people actually used the term "wafer thin."


  3. #3
    Senior Member 2b2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    N-NW of Atlantis
    Posts
    516
    ^

    Quote Originally Posted by AutoVerdict
    ...The entire system uses less than 500 watts of power...
    don't think I'd brag about using that much juice.
    Sounds like it might not work for BEVs.

  4. #4
    Senior Member 0fxxk0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Posts
    100
    It's all cute and wonderful til you have to replace it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •