Automotive Fuel Systems

Gasoline, Diesel, CNG, and Hydrogen

The global automotive industry is currently undergoing a paradigm shift towards the increasing use of electrified components from simple stop/start systems to 48V systems, full hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully electrified vehicles. Confusion reigns concerning the rate of these changes. There are continually conflicting evidence from the marketplace as participants try to interpret developments form the OEMs. For example, Volvo has made a number of announcements about moves towards full electrification, but despite this, in the last quarter of 2019, revealed their new ICE developments in such a way that there were further generation developments still to be introduced. One this in clear, that as the industry moves towards 2030, ICE engines will remain on at least 90 percent of vehicles.

At the same time as the moves towards electrifying vehicles, government regulations, other than in the USA, continue to tighten. China and Europe are looking towards the emergence of China 7 and Euro 7, respectively. In the USA, things could slow down after 2020, but on the other hand, if 2020 brings a new President, regulations could tighten dramatically.

Vehicle fuel systems will undergo changes that include:

  1. Fuel Systems — Changes will occur as a result of tougher emission requirements and powertrain developments together with improvements to existing fuel system components.
  2. Selected market interest in the use of compressed natural gas. CNG often offers a total lower cost of ownership than either gasoline or diesel and lower carbon dioxide emissions.
  3. Developments in the use of hydrogen as a fuel specifically with fuel cell-based electrified powertrains. This interest has remained for many years and despite very low forecasts through 2030 market interest has increased over the last year. Major OEMs including Hyundai and Toyota and many suppliers including Plastic Omnium and Valeo have been making investments.

ITB’s 2020 report will be covering each of these changes via a dynamic two-pronged approach for highlighting developments and analyses in the automotive fuel systems market. They 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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