Honeywell, a leading global developer of automotive turbochargers, expects to launch more than 100 turbocharger applications involving more than 20 new technologies in 2014. These new applications will serve Honeywell’s global customer base with gasoline, diesel, natural gas and hybrid powertrains in both light vehicle passenger and commercial vehicles.
Honeywell has more than 500 current turbo programs in various stages of development in its customer pipeline, which are all expected to come to market in the next few years.
Honeywell expects turbocharging to continue growing globally from 31% in 2013 to 38% by 2018. While Europe is by far the global leader in turbo penetration given the high percentage of diesel vehicles sold, the addition of gasoline turbocharging will increase its turbo penetration to nearly 67% by 2018. This compares to 2018 estimates of 31% of total sales in North America, 33% in China and 53% in India.
Turbochargers allow a smaller engine to achieve the similar if not improved power outputs of larger naturally aspirated engines while being between 20 to 40% more fuel efficient in gasoline and diesel engines respectively. The smaller engine size also makes turbos a technology which can help auto makers meet stricter emissions standards.
These Honeywell technologies are helping auto makers further improve power and fuel economy with more advanced variable geometry turbos in diesels as well as address the growing gasoline segment globally with advanced twin scroll designs for 4-cylinder engines.
In 2014, Honeywell will bring to market new technologies improving turbocharging performance with innovations such as:
- new ball bearing designs for improved response and efficiency;
- improved flow control valves for gasoline engines and variable geometry applications for diesel engines to expand performance capability;
- new sensors for improved engine integration; improved casting processes and materials development for greater temperature range performance at predictable costs; and
- new aerodynamic designs to improve speed margins of compressor and turbine wheels inside the turbo.