42 Volt Automotive Systems
Venue: Cleveland Marriott Downtown
|Event Date/Time: Sep 04, 2002||End Date/Time: Sep 05, 2002|
With the production of the first dual 14/42 volt vehicles slated for this year, the revolution of the modern-day car will have begun and production is forecast to expand to 13 million units by 2010 experts predict. The demand for increased power and the support of 42V systems is being driven by four major forces: enhanced vehicle performance; improved fuel economy; emissions reduction; and new "intelligent" electronic systems, such as electric power steering, electromechanical breaks, onboard navigation systems, entertainment systems and electrically controlled air conditioning and heating systems. The higher voltage battery will enable by-wire technologies, electromagnetic valve trains, integrated starter generators, ride control systems, smaller wiring and cables, as well as smaller semiconductors. Initially, 42V systems are likely to appear in large and midrange automobiles, particularly SUVs and light trucks in the US, where fuel consumption and emissions standards have not been significantly supported as they have in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Whether the migration to 42V systems is being prompted by luxury features in the United States or by fuel efficiency and diminished emissions in Europe, the result is the same: 42V systems are a reality and automakers and suppliers need to be prepared for the transition, or risk being left behind.