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From the Runway to the Driveway

Honeywell's Aerospace and Automotive Technologies Help Drive the Future of Transportation

Honeywell is driving the future of transportation using its deep roots in both the automotive and aerospace industries.
Both airplane and vehicle manufacturers benefit from the technology transfer between Honeywell aerospace and turbocharger experts, which ranges from bearings, aerodynamics and sensing controls to software development, manufacturing quality and thermal management. The result? Better efficiencies, reduced emissions and manufacturing costs and increased fuel economies – all while maintaining power. 

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Honeywell's TwoStage Electric Compressor for fuel cells
helps to increase the fuel cell’s power output
and eliminate potential contaminants.

Honeywell's TwoStage Electric Compressor for fuel cells is an electric, motor-driven compressor with an Aerospace-developed oil-less foil air bearing that helps to increase the fuel cell’s power output and eliminate potential contaminants. The powerful compressor’s design reduces the size, weight and cost of previous industry efforts and eliminates any powertrain intrusion into the cabin allowing for a true 5-seat passenger vehicle. The compressor is an automotive industry-first that represents a fusion of aerospace and automotive competencies offered at a lower cost structure and quality level that match the needs of the automotive industry. 

Other aerospace bearing technologies, like ball bearings, are being widely applied to turbochargers to significantly improve transient response, increase fuel economy and improve cold-weather performance.  
From the Runway to the Driveway  
The compressor and turbine materials used on 
Honeywell's APU for the Boeing 737 are also 
utilized on turbochargers.

Honeywell also leverages expertise in coatings, raw materials development and surface treatment techniques across both industries. For Honeywell turbo technologies, sharing knowledge in this area has resulted in the use of advanced metals, alloys and composites that function well under high-temperature conditions and provide increased wear resistance while remaining extremely price competitive in the automotive sector. In fact, Honeywell turbochargers employ titanium compressors and nickel-based super alloy turbines that are similar to those used in the Honeywell auxiliary power unit (APU) found on a Boeing 737.  

Honeywell engine technology helped the Gulfstream G280 business jet become best-in-class in fuel economy just like Honeywell’s turbocharger (the jet engines of automobiles) helped Ford’s F250 diesel truck become best-in-class in fuel economy. 
These synergies and more are driving the future of transportation and Honeywell continues to explore the technologies that will make that future a reality.