New powertrain production strategies are expected to enable countries to work toward meeting new policies and regulations designed to limit emissions and boost fuel economy
A new report from examines the global market for low voltage electrification opportunities and challenges, providing global market forecasts for vehicle sales and the value of key components, segmented by global region, through 2026.
A combination of factors, including increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions standards, is pushing the auto industry to reconsider its powertrain production strategies to electrification. Basic stop-start vehicles (SSVs) have become ubiquitous in many markets, and manufacturers are looking to advance the technology by increasing the operating voltage from 12 V to 48 V. : According to a new report from , global sales of light duty SSVs will exceed 57.6 million by 2026, accounting for 54 percent of all light duty vehicle sales—of these, about 21 percent will feature 48 V components.
“Current systems have reached the limit of practical electrical power availability at 12 V, and because efficiency and automation demands can be realized only by increasing the operating voltage, 48 V is the practical limit to avoid the need for additional safety protection,” says Sam Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “48 V stop-start systems will combine with other technologies, including micro- and mild-hybrid capabilities and electric turbochargers, to increase efficiency without the adoption of full hybrid or plug-in electric capability.”
This shift is expected to enable countries around the world to work toward meeting new policies and regulations designed to limit emissions and boost fuel economy, according to the report. New testing methodologies such as the World Light Duty Test Protocol (WLTP) and real driving emissions (RDE) tests, in addition to proposed bans on traditional internal combustion engines from the 2030s and 2040s onward in Europe and Asia, are just some of the challenges manufacturers hope low voltage electrification can overcome.
The report, , analyzes the global market for low voltage electrification opportunities and challenges. The study provides an overview of the market issues associated with improving light duty vehicle efficiency and the technologies that are likely to reach production. Global market forecasts for vehicle sales and the value of key components, segmented by global region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the main 48 V components related to low voltage vehicle electrification. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .
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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Market Data: Low Voltage Vehicle Electrification, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.