Electrified powertrain technology suggested for medium and heavy trucks

Concern about gasoline prices and tougher emissions regulations have led OEMs to put greater emphasis on managing fuel consumption as a way to differentiate their products. One solution posed by Delphi Automotive Systems, in a technical paper they will deliver at the SAE Truck & Bus Show, is Delphi's 42-Volt Energen-10 integrated starter-generator (ISG). The paper details the fuel economy gain provided by a 42-Volt Energen-10 ISG for engine stop-start functionality, as implemented by Delphi in a sport utility vehicle. The study reports prototype vehicle results consistent with simulations that show fuel savings to be as much as 4% to 6% over the Federal Test Procedure-75 (FTP-75) driving schedule from stop-start functionality alone. "The impact the 42-Volt ISG system has when activating all functions beyond that of the stop-start function is tremendous," said R. Scott Bailey, director of engineering, Delphi Energy & Chassis Systems. "Fuel economy improvements of 10 to 15% on the FTP-75 driving cycle are achievable and have been established both in simulation and in prototype vehicle testing." Reduction in fuel consumption is achieved through the ISG's use of functions such as engine-off during cost-down and idle, early torque converter lockup with torque smoothing, deceleration fuel cutoff, regenerative braking and electrical launch assist. It also boosts the onboard power generation and energy storage, allowing for increased vehicle electrical loads. "These same functions can yield two to three times the fuel economy improvement in commercial heavy- and medium-duty pick-up and delivery vehicles due to the stop-and-go nature of their drive-cycle," added Gary A. Cameron, chief engineer, Energenix Center, Delphi Energy & Chassis Systems.

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