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At the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January, Schaeffler will show the second phase of its concept car that meets 2025 CAFE requirements, including its mild hybridization with a 48-volt system. (Earlier post.)

The vehicle is based on a modern, all-wheel-drive, midsize SUV with an automatic transmission. Last year during NAIAS, Schaeffler showed the first phase of the concept car that demonstrated its low-cost strategy to meet CAFE 2020 guidelines.

the use and optimization of a range of Schaeffler technologies allowed the vehicle’s fuel consumption to be reduced by 15%. These values were initially simulated using Schaeffler calculation programs and verified by Schaeffler’s experts in North America using measurements and test cycles, and then certified by an independent testing institute.

In addition to the 48 volt hybridization, Schaeffler incorporated other innovations, including: a permanent engaged starter; a four-wheel drive disconnect clutch; a thermal management module; as well as extensive damping and friction reduction measures in the drive train.

Additional examples of Schaeffler’s Mobility for Tomorrow strategy will be on display in the company’s Technology Suite, including its Formula-E racing car. This car was specially created for the electrically operated Monoposto Racing Series and has already raced in Asia and South America. Upcoming performances will be in Miami on March 4 and Long Beach in April 2015. Schaeffler is the technology partner of the German ABT team, whose driver, Lucas di Grassi, leads the championship from its beginning.

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