Automotive News: “Turbo suppliers expect a lift from diesels”
According to this report from the Automotive News, the rising U.S. demand for diesel-powered cars and trucks could be a windfall for turbocharger suppliers including Honeywell Inc. Diesel Technology Forum, a US trade group, predicts that diesel-powered light vehicles are expected to account for 7 percent of total U.S. light-vehicle sales, up from 3 percent this year, and that’s good news for turbo suppliers. In the U.S., Honeywell supplies turbos for the diesel-powered Ford F-250, Ram pickup, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Cruze and the soon-to-be introduced diesel Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon
SAE International: “Controlling Engines with Virtual Sensors”
Modern engines are complex by design to balance the competing demands of performance, fuel economy and emission control, and sensors are deployed to help control the complex array of actuators and to provide data that engine control unit (ECU) needs. Up until now, the challenges have been complexity and cost. Enter virtual sensors that replace costly hardware with software models. According to a newly published article in the SAE International, the idea of virtual sensors is one that is gaining traction, and the Honeywell OnRamp development tool allows engineers to “embed a first-principles model in the ECU, using that to create virtual sensors.”
Chicago Tribune: “Why Turbochargers Are More Reliable Than in Past Decades?”
A reader recently wrote to the Motor Mouth column of the Chicago Tribune and posed this question: “what have they done to make all these new turbocharged engines more reliable?” The columnist Bob Weber got in touch with Honeywell Transportation Systems to get the answer. According to Honeywell, the leading turbo expert in the world, “the problems were solved a long time ago through advancements in materials, process and manufacturing,” and today’s turbos are “designed to last the life of the engine of any vehicle.”
Automotive Engineer: “Honeywell Turbochargers Power Ferrari’s F1 Race Cars”
Craig Balis, Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell Transportation Systems, was recently interviewed by the Automotive Engineer magazine about the company’s association with Formula 1 race. When commenting on Honeywell’s support to Ferrari, Balis said that “it has been a collaborative effort and one that is leading to positive results as we have seen early on with consistent podium finishes and a victory in Malaysia.” The article points out that each percentage point of efficiency gain in turbo and compressor stage corresponds to 2kW and 1kW additional engine power respectively.
Automotive News Europe: “Audi’s move to e-charger will boost Valeo, Honeywell, other turbo makers”
According to a May 15 article in the Automotive News Europe, Audi will be the first automaker to include an electrically boosted turbocharger in mass production beginning next year. With other auto manufacturers like Ford and Honda showing serious interest, the new trend is expected to benefit turbo makers including Honeywell. The article mentions that Honeywell is expected to have its version of the system on the market between 2017 and 2019.
The Detroit News: “It’s the Golden Age for Turbochargers in Cars”
The days of turbochargers being reserved for European sports models and performance versions of American cars are over, according to an article in the Detroit News. In 2014, turbocharged engines accounted for about 21 percent of cars sold in the US, and the future is even brighter. The article quoted Nitin Kulkarni, Honeywell Transportation Systems vice president of North America, Japan and Korea as saying “We are a no-compromise solution because we can be literally applied to all kinds of vehicle sizes, fuels and engine strategies.”
Automotive News Europe: “Honeywell Sees Hot Turbo Growth Ahead”
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Terrence Hahn, CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems, sees big growth opportunities for turbocharging, especially in the U.S. and in China. When asked about the longer-term growth prospects of turbochargers, Terrence Hahn replies that “ by 2019, we foresee 49 million turbocharged new vehicles sold globally each year, representing 43 percent of the market, up from 31 percent in 2013.” Hahn believes that Honeywell’s strength in technology, global footprint and the deployment of the Honeywell Operating System will enable it to stay ahead of the curve.
Clean Diesel Cars among Finalists for “Green Car of the Year®” Award
Green Car Journal has just announced its five finalists for the magazine’s high-profile 2015 Green Car of the Year® program, and among them are two clean diesel cars – the Audi A3 2.0L TDI and VW Golf 2.0L TDI. The other three finalists are BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel and Honda Fit. The Green Car of the Year Award is widely recognized as the auto industry’s most important environment accolade. According to Diesel Technology Forum, since the “Green Car of the Year®”award was created 10 years ago, clean diesels have had 10 finalists and two winners, with the Volkswagen Jetta TDI clean diesel winning in 2009 and the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel winning in 2010. The winner of the 2015 “Green Car of the Year®” award will be announced November 20th at the LA Auto Show. You can read the press release here.
Auto Blog: “Electric turbos promise big performance and efficiency gains in the near future.”
According to Auto Blog, Audi recently showcased electric turbo-equipped RS5 and A6 prototypes at an event, where Volkswagen Group technical head Ulrich Hackenberg told Autocar magazine that Audi will release an SQ7 equipped with electric turbocharger technology in 2016. Steve McKinley, Honeywell Technology’s vice president of engineering in North America, was quoted as saying that “we’ve been in pre-development for more than ten years, and it was a matter of waiting for that electric infrastructure to develop on the vehicles.” McKinley also predicted at least five years out before we see very mainstream adoption of electric turbo.
Edmunds: More Carmakers Are Using Turbochargers to Deliver Better MPG
Edmunds, a leading US online auto website, is touting the benefits of turbocharging, especially for compact sedans, in an article titled “Turbocharger Technology Gives New Cars More MPG.” The article quoted Michael Stoller, Communications Director at Honeywell Transportation Systems as saying that “Today, about 17 percent of all new commercial and passenger vehicles being sold in North America are turbocharged, and the number is expected to increase to 31 percent of total sales by 2018.”