Regulations Must Stabilize to Allow Effective Technology Strategies for Improved Fuel Economy and Emissions

DUBLIN, June 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The “North American Technology Benchmarking for OE Compliance for Fuel Economy and Growth Opportunities” Report was added to to offer.

The predominant driver of change in the automotive drive industry and the need of the hour is the reduction of emissions.

Despite the social interest in the electrification of the powertrain, the internal combustion engine (ICE) will remain the leading powertrain for at least two decades. Nonetheless, this prime mover has room for improvement, so it is essential to evaluate and apply technologies to increase fuel consumption and reduce emissions, especially in North America, one of the largest markets in the world, where displacement and CO2 emissions are still high.

While the Obama-era EPA standards were aimed at increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions, the increasing adoption of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs), which have a large footprint and, therefore, lower mpg and higher emission levels have proven counterproductive. In addition, the more lenient Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) rules have brought the North American automotive industry into a state of change in terms of fuel economy and emissions with the Obama-era pulling back of the Obama-era fuel consumption and emissions regulations.

While the previous goals were certainly tough, calling for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to cut back, the near-freeze of regulations has created a massive disparity between the expectations of SAFE and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), essentially calling on OEMs to 2 to meet different goals in The United States.

Despite the instability of regulations that is slowing the adoption of technologies and the need for electrification, such as the North American automotive market.

In these circumstances, this study examines technologies that do not offer great electrification but are used in conjunction with conventional internal combustion engines, their impact on overall fuel consumption / emissions and associated costs. Also, since each OEM has its own technology profile, this study identifies the overall market penetration of these technologies based on the OEM preferences. The investigation period is 2018 to 2030.

Main Issues Covered

  • What regulations and market dynamics require an improvement in overall fuel consumption?
  • What different technologies are available?
  • What is the cost-benefit ratio of these technologies?
  • What preferences do OEMs have when introducing these technologies and how do they see the future?
  • How will the technologies develop at different OEMs over the next decade?

Key topics covered:

1. Summary

  • Summary – Key Strategies for FE Standards
  • Summary – Key Powertrain Technologies
  • Global CO2 emissions legislation
  • Actual fleet average MPG vs. weight according to OEM
  • Fleet-wide delta-to-target MPG
  • Improving fuel consumption – key areas
  • Impact of technology on improving fuel economy
  • Technology penetration overview

2. Scope of research and methodology

  • Research scope
  • Research goals and objectives
  • Key questions that this study will answer
  • Research methodology
  • Key groups of participants and associated brands compared in this study
  • Research background

3. Legal and market overview

  • CO2 emissions legislation
  • Average MPG target vs. year
  • Average MPG target compared to the year, by footprint area
  • SAFE vehicles
  • Different EPA and CARB goals
  • Actual fleet average MPG vs. weight according to OEM
  • Fleet-wide delta-to-target MPG
  • Fleet-wide ICE MPG improvement projection

4. Technology penetration and OEM positioning

  • Technology penetration overview
  • Positioning the OEM powertrain

5. Technology overview and costs

  • Technology Roadmap – Trends in Powertrain Development
  • Improving fuel consumption – key areas
  • Impact of technology on improving fuel economy
  • Motor downsizing – VVT / VVL, GDI, boosting
  • Electric charging – e-compressor and e-turbo
  • Atkinson / Miller cycle
  • Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR)
  • Water injection systems (WI)
  • Cylinder deactivation (CD)
  • Variable compression ratio (VCR)
  • Friction Reduction – Surface Coatings and Lubricants
  • Mild Hybrid (mHEV) Systems – 48V
  • Electric / variable feed
  • transmission
  • Exhaust energy recovery systems
  • Credits for other technologies in The United States
  • Improvement in fuel consumption vs. costs

6. OEM Profiling

  • BMW Group
  • BMW Group – Distribution of the powertrain by model
  • BMW Group – indices for technology acceptance
  • BMW Group – Propulsion Technology Forecasts
  • BMW Group – FE improvement projection
  • Daimler Group
  • FCA group
  • Ford Group
  • GM group
  • Honda group
  • Hyundai group
  • Mazda
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota Group
  • Volkswagen Group

7. Growth opportunities and companies to act

  • Opportunity for growth – electrification of line-up likely game changer for compliance
  • Strategic prerequisites

8. Conclusions and outlook for the future

For more information on this report, see

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