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Automotive Fuel Systems (incl. SCR)

Market dynamics, legislation, technology

Over the next ten years, the global automotive industry will undergo paradigm shifts not so much from a move towards fully electrified and autonomous vehicles as often promoted, but rather from the simultaneous implementation of regulations and advanced technologies related to

  • Powertrain Developments – Innovations to realize significant improvements in fuel economy driven by new legislation in a number of geographic regions.
  • Exhaust and Evaporative Emissions – Major emission reductions as new legislation is implemented especially in China and Europe. In North America, there is uncertainty due to efforts by the Trump Administration to slow down fuel economy regulations.
  • Electrical Energy Storage Batteries – Improvements in traction batteries in terms of both storage capacity and cost/kWh which are driving increased interest in pure electric vehicles and to a lesser extent, in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
  • Digitalization – On-board sensing and processing intelligence leading to new vehicle system specifications.

Vehicle fluid systems will undergo change due to the above paradigm shifts. These systems include:

  1. Fuel Systems – Through the next decade, 90 percent of automobiles are expected to rely on the use of an internal combustion engine. This will require the presence of a fuel system on-board the vehicle. Changes to such systems will occur as a result of tougher emission requirements and changes to powertrain technologies.
  2. SCR Systems – As diesel-based vehicles need to meet tougher legislation such as Tier 3, Euro 6, and China 6, SCR systems are finding widespread adoption.
  3. Water Injection – First implemented by BMW for a gasoline vehicle, there is interest in the use of water injection as it lowers combustion temperatures and can lead to efficiency improvements on the order of ten percent.
  4. Plug-in Hybrids – Since these vehicles can operate for extended periods of time without the operation of the ICE, there are special fuel system requirements for such vehicles. Market demand for such vehicles is being driven by specific regulations in California, China, and the increased pressures on carbon dioxide emissions in Europe due to the decline in the use of diesel vehicles.

The ITB Group offers a dynamic two-pronged approach for highlighting developments and analyses in the automotive fuel systems market. The key elements of ITB’s approach include:

  • Web-based Portal – provides ongoing updates concerning developments in the fuel systems market pertaining to government regulations, new technologies, fuels or suppliers.
  • Industry-Funded Report – update of key technical, legislative and market developments together with an overview of the business dynamics of the automotive fuel system supply base.

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