The supplier’s combination of a super-smart cylinder deactivation system with advanced mild-hybrid technology promises big gains in fuel-economy ratings and emissions reduction. Dave Zoia reports.

Battery-electric vehicles may dominate the landscape someday but it’s the transition between then and now that is capturing much of the focus at supplier Delphi.

“How are you going to get more electric vehicles on the road?” Mary Gustanski, vice-president engineering/programme management, says here at a media backgrounder on Delphi’s latest powertrain developments. “You have to start by electrifying, which means adding some portion of assistance for your internal-combustion engines so that they operate more efficiently.”

Even if BEVs account for 30% of the global fleet by 2030 – considered an aggressive forecast, it means 70% of new vehicles sold worldwide still will have some form of internal-combustion engine, she points out, suggesting advanced IC technology will have a long and dominant role in engineering the transition to an all-EV future.

In May, Delphiannounced it was splitting into two companies, spinning off its long-core powertrain operations from its electronics business that is tilted toward the future hotbeds of infotainment, advanced driver-assistance systems and fully autonomous vehicles. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

TU-Automotive ADAS & Autonomous USA 2017

02 Oct 2017 - 03 Oct 2017, NOVI, USA

The most focused forum on the here and now of self-driving technology. As these technologies storm the headlines, we focus on the current challenges and unite players from research labs, automakers, tier 1’s and the complete supply chain to plan for the imminent future.