48-V technologies from BorgWarner to provide enhanced efficiency
BorgWarner officials say the company considers 48-V mild hybrid technologies as a crucial step to delivering the fuel efficiency, features, and performance consumers demand. The company claims it has been developing one of the broadest ranges of readily available technologies for 48-V mild hybrids in the industry.
"We are excited about the demand and opportunity for electrified vehicle technologies—it is a turning point for the industry. We believe 48-V systems offer the high-volume economics that will get us to the ultimate destination of a cleaner, more energy-efficient world," said James R. Verrier, Chief Executive Officer for BorgWarner. "With our widening breadth of products and deep systems knowledge, BorgWarner can help automakers reach their goals quickly."
BorgWarner expects 48-V systems to capture over 60% of the global hybrid vehicle market, with an annualized production rate of roughly 25 million units by 2027. BorgWarner says its 48-V system solutions capture and use waste energy in an efficient way to provide more power, efficiency, and functionality. Mass production of BorgWarner's eBooster solution is currently ramping up, with the system launching first with three global automakers, including Daimler's latest 3.0-L gasoline engine.
"Operating in multiple 48-V product areas allows BorgWarner to perfect how the individual technologies function as a system," explained Christopher P. Thomas, chief technology officer, BorgWarner. "For example, our engineers have evaluated a 48-V system that incorporates an eBooster electrically driven compressor and an iBAS to determine the optimal control strategy to most effectively convert the charge in the battery to the needs of the propulsion system. This results in efficiency gains that enable engine right-sizing and more optimal matching of the turbocharger and driveline components, creating game-changing opportunities for automakers in packaging space, architecture, design, and efficiency. Depending on the baseline and application, fuel economy improvements could be as much as 20%."