Honeywell Transportation Systems’ annual forecast of turbocharger technology
adoption sees continued growth in all global regions with annual sales of turbocharged vehicles reaching 52 million in 2021, up 35 percent from 2016. By 2021, this is expected to reflect almost half (48 percent) of all global vehicle sales and put 232 million new turbocharged vehicles on the roads in the next 5 years.
“As emission regulations continue to tighten, mature automotive markets like the United States and high-growth regions like China and India are turning to turbochargers to help provide cleaner transportation. This is creating what we refer to as the ‘Golden Age of Turbo,’” said Olivier Rabiller
, Honeywell Transportation Systems president and CEO. “With the ability to improve emissions and fuel economy by 20 to 40 percent in gas and diesel engines, turbocharging technology is a smart choice for helping automakers meet tougher global emissions standards without sacrificing performance.”
This year’s forecast recognizes an industry trend for slightly bigger engine sizes in Europe and China as automakers adapt powertrain strategies to tackle updated emissions regulations developed for real-world driving conditions. In North America, more engine downsizing is expected as powertrain strategies continue to be developed. By rightsizing engines with available technologies, automakers are able to continue applying the benefits of smaller turbocharged engines while fine-tuning powertrain systems to further optimize fuel economy, emissions and performance.
In addition, Honeywell’s forecast calls for electric boosting products to help support compliance with more stringent national environmental standards. To this end, it is anticipated that the industry will begin moving from 12-volt battery systems to 48-volt systems. This change opens the door for a cost-effective electric boosting technology solution featuring e-chargers and e-turbos to help improve efficiency and performance of the internal combustion engine in a mild hybrid vehicle. E-boosting products can dramatically improve engine responsiveness and also provide better fuel economy. Specific to diesel, it also has the potential to significantly reduce pollutant emissions and help meet more stringent regulations. Honeywell estimates 70 percent of all mild hybrid vehicles will have a turbo or multiple turbo systems (mechanical and electric).
“Honeywell continues to develop turbo innovations that enable automakers to push the limits of powertrain development. As turbocharging has grown in the past 10 years from being a largely commercial vehicle and diesel technology in Europe to a global technology benefitting gasoline engines, automakers are gaining valuable experience influencing current and future powertrain designs,” said Honeywell Transportation Systems Chief Technology Officer Craig Balis. “We’re excited at Honeywell to help our customers with this next phase of development as powertrain optimization has led to even more aggressive engine developments using alternative engine combustion cycles, electrification, multistage boosting, advanced compressors for hydrogen fuel cells and greater use of engine management software such as Honeywell OnRAMP
to provide greater fuel economy and performance.”