Because there are hidden opportunities in evolutionary change.
You read about it every day. Your competition announces they’ve accelerated their timetable to convert their fleet to electric vehicles. They want to be first; you’re now worried you could be last. But should you be? We don’t think so. Because on your path to electrics, Delphi Technologies can be your advanced GPS. We can successfully guide you on your best route from internal combustion to electrics – helping you to thrive along the way. This agile progression:
- Blends the foremost in propulsion and power electronics innovations.
- Advances fuel economy and reduces emissions to meet ever-increasing global regulatory targets.
- Elevates electrical architectures through industry firsts such as multi-domain controllers to handle increases in data capacity and speeds for advanced diagnostics, active safety, premium infotainment and autonomous driving.
- Allows you to capitalize on the often-overlooked opportunities to electrify internal combustion engines through mild hybrids, full hybrids and plug-ins. All of which are expected to dominate the powertrain landscape for the next several decades.
This translates into a global car parc made up of opportunities in internal combustion, hybrids and electrics. Opportunities Delphi Technologies is ready to help you capitalize upon as you navigate your best path to an electric future.
So, what do we mean by electrification?
In a nutshell, you’re adding electrical assistance to an internal combustion engine so that it operates more efficiently. At Delphi Technologies, we’ve also coupled it with re-inventing electrical architectures via software, hardware and component integration approaches that reduce weight and elevate data speeds, capacity, power, durability and thermal output. With our unique combined approach, you get: More power, in smaller, lighter packages that deliver fewer emissions and improved fuel economy at or below today’s costs. Now, you may ask where do systems such as gasoline direct injection (GDi), variable valve actuation, and common rail diesel fit in with such an approach? We will continue to advance these portfolios going forward. Many can – and should – be paired with electrification technologies in any future propulsion strategy. But in terms of achieving regulatory targets, alone, we know they likely won’t get you home. A great example of how you can pair these technologies with electrification can be found in our partnership with Tula where we combined 48-volt, mild hybrids with Dynamic Skip Fire. The result is an impressive alternative to diesel for passenger cars. The fully integrated system provides upwards of 15 percent reduction in emissions; 20 percent improvement in acceleration; plus increased low-end torque – all at 25 percent less cost than a turbo diesel option. These types of innovative solutions on the path to electrification can help you meet regulations. And electrics? Certainly, they are visible on the horizon. Today, we have a strong portfolio of inverters and chargers, for instance, that are in production and offer continuous improvements in reach. The biggest detour with electrics, however, may not be technological, but psychological. Specifically, with buyers and factors such as sticker shock; value for the price they are paying balanced with performance; and continuing low fuel prices remaining an attractive disincentive to go electric. An evolutionary propulsion strategy with electrification at its core allows you to capitalize on near-term opportunities with internal combustion, mild hybrids, full hybrids and plug-ins as you advance to electrics in a manner that also addresses technological and market readiness.
49-percent compounded annual growth.
The 48-volt, mild hybrid market is predicted to grow 10-times from 2019 to 2025. That’s nearly 20 million vehicles, with China and Europe dominating the landscape, respectively.
One out of every 10 vehicles sold.
The 48-volt system is expected to represent 50 percent of the overall hybrid market by 2025, or some 12 million units. That’s one out of every 10 vehicles sold.
Internal combustion remains a constant.
Even if electrics grew at an unparalleled rate to account for 30 percent of the global fleet by 2030 – that still leaves 70 percent of the market powered by some form of internal combustion with the opportunity to electrify for further emission and fuel economy improvements.
So, what’s your best first electrified step?
Chances are you’ve already embraced 12-volt start- stop hybrids and cylinder deactivation, as well as multitude of electronic controls for optimal performance. If you haven’t yet looked at it, your next logical step is probably 48-volt, mild hybrid. We can help you there. Our 48-volt, mild hybrid system leverages the science of power electronics, which is the efficient management of electrons between direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC). Next to the battery, power electronics presents the biggest opportunity for you to reduce costs and extend the range of all your electrified vehicles. Delphi Technologies’, which has been perfecting our expertise in power electronics for more than two decades, has developed affordable packages for you that are lighter, smaller and better thermally managed. Take our Viper inverter power switch. This patented technology eliminates the need for wire bonds or tedious connections that can be quality and reliability issues. The compact power module also includes dual- sided cooling for enhanced thermal management. The improved cooling and compact design enables an inverter that is 40 percent lighter; 30 percent smaller; and with 25 percent higher power density. This allows for a best-value solution with more power, in a smaller package and all for less cost. In fact, we can design more power density into a smaller, lighter package than anyone on the market. It’s these types of packages that will enable full electrics. In creating our 48-volt, mild hybrid system, we use power electronics to customize and optimize the vehicle architecture for dual voltage capability – 12- volt and 48-volt combined. This combination – beyond providing fuel economy, emissions and performance benefits – makes it easy for you to convert existing platforms over to this new technology. It can be packaged in the same vehicle in the same powertrain system by basically adding a few more components. As such, you actually take several steps forward on your path to electrics by avoiding costly and time-intensive platform overhauls and plant changeovers. The 48-volt battery and system supply power to the hybrid motor and super-charger to launch the vehicle faster and smoother, eliminating turbo lag. It also supports heavier electrical load items such as air conditioning. The 12-volt battery and system are enhanced from the 48-volt system via a hybrid generator, inverters and DC/DC converter. This keeps the 12-volt battery charged and thermally managed, allowing it to provide the power needed for active safety and infotainment features. Coupled with proprietary software and hardware, the combined package ensures power is maximized yet engine demands are minimized. And it allows ample room to innovate without moving up to heavier componentry or bigger engines to get more power.
Where to from here?
Progressing up the scale to full- and plug-in hybrids, and then electrics, we have powertrain, electrical and battery management solutions for you in:
- High-power electrical centers.
- High-voltage connection systems.
- Combined Inverter DC/CD Converters (CIDD).
- High-voltage shielded cables.
- On-board and plug-in chargers.
- Charging inlets.
And coming soon – wireless charging. By continuing to partner with Aptiv, we’re also taking electrical architectures into the future with systems integration and proprietary software approaches designed to move more data, faster, in tighter spaces and under extreme operating conditions. You’ll need this type of expertise on your path to electrics to power the vehicle – and everything that will go on it – from active safety and convenience features to autonomous driving. You’ll soon be seeing innovations in alternative materials to lower mass and increase loads, as well as 3-D printing of componentry to speed up electrical architecture development times.