More than 10 million Honeywell turbochargers have been sold in China since the beginning of TS operations in China more than 20 years ago. Key launches in the past year include: the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax, Baojun 560/ 730, and the Chery TIGGO7.
According to Honeywell’s most recent Turbo Forecast, China will remain the highest growth market for turbocharged light vehicles. After a very strong fourth quarter in 2016, Honeywell has updated its forecast for China calling for a 20-point increase in turbo penetration of total sales. This means the annual sales of turbocharged light vehicles in China will increase from 10.6 million in 2016 to more than 16 million in 2021.
New Gasoline Technology
On display in Shanghai will be Honeywell’s Gasoline VNT Turbocharger, which features a variable geometry turbine stage rather than a typical wastegate valve to help achieve better fuel economy. Designed to work in tandem with a combustion phasing technology known as the Miller cycle, this turbo takes on more work and allows greater thermal efficiency in the engine. This results in improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions at nearly all engine speeds.
Honeywell has applied the performance-enhancing VNT technology to nearly 70 million turbos used with diesel engines during the past three decades. It is an industry first to apply VNT technology for the higher-temperature gasoline engine environment – suitable for high-production volume passenger vehicles – without resorting to expensive exotic materials.
Honeywell Transportation Systems developed its latest VNT turbocharger for the Volkswagen Group’s 1.5L gasoline engine to be used in various VW and Audi models. In its most recent benchmarking study, industry analyst FEV Group GmbH determined that the carbon dioxide emissions (108g/km) for a 1,250 kg vehicle with Honeywell’s technology represents best-in-class performance for the industry in 2017.
Honeywell is bringing a look into the future to its display, with three examples of electric boosting products that can help provide additional benefits for automakers to use in improving performance and meeting regulatory targets. These include:
E-Compressor – A small electric air compressor can assist a traditional turbocharged engine to improve acceleration by 15-30 percent across various speeds, fuel economy by 10-15 percent and NOx emissions by 20 percent.
E-Turbo – Offers similar benefits as an E-Compressor but combines with a traditional turbocharger into a single unit to improve packaging and cost while also returning excess energy to the vehicle to help power an advanced electrical system.
Two-Stage Compressor for Fuel Cell – Honeywell’s unique design has helped reduce the size of earlier hydrogen fuel cells by 40 percent while supplying constant power ratings far above previous industry generations. Honeywell has drawn upon its engineering competencies in the aerospace industries to introduce oil-free air bearings into this electronic boosting device that are already being used by Honda Motor Co. for its hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle.
Honeywell expects these solutions will continue to grow in demand as electric and hybrid vehicles are expected to grow globally from a total of 3 million vehicles sold in 2016 to a total of 16 million sold annually by 2021. Within the electrified category, mild hybrids are expected to account for 46 percent of the mix, full hybrids will account for 40 percent; and pure electric vehicles will be most of the remaining 14 percent. Honeywell estimates 70 percent of all mild hybrid vehicles will have a turbo or multiple turbo systems (mechanical and electric).
Honeywell will also offer a demo of three software initiatives aimed at diagnostics and prognostics of vehicle condition, automotive cyber security and calibration of vehicle powertrains.
Integrated Vehicle Health Management – IVHM is the next-generation of vehicle diagnostics, helping define root causes for malfunctions and reducing unnecessary replacement costs and maintenance time.
Cyber security – Honeywell’s extensive experience in cyber security in the aerospace industry provides a more comprehensive protecting solution for automotive manufacturers. Its solution detects hacker intrusion and uses multi-sourced data to judge the reliability of signals which can be off-loaded from the vehicle to an operation center for automated and human analysis.
OnRAMP – Honeywell’s OnRAMP Design Suite for powertrain controls provides unique technologies for gas control, virtual sensors, hybrid control and battery management. Virtual software sensors replace hardware to reduce cost and increase efficiency.
Other Honeywell Green Technologies for Automotive
In addition to Honeywell’s powertrain related technologies, Honeywell will showcase a new automotive refrigerant that achieves a 99.9 percent greenhouse gas emissi