3:30 pm EST – OESA: Electrification and Advanced Vehicle Technology

The technologies to produce an electrified, automated vehicle revolution may be in pace before consumers are ready to embrace enough of the most advanced vehicles to make them economically feasible, said panelists at an AutoMobili-D program at the 2019 North American International Auto Show today.

In a discussion titled “Electrification and Advanced Vehicle Technology, Bashar Kirma, senior business development manager for powertrain and e-mobility for Henkel, said that “safety is the No. 1 thing in the evolution” of the technologies. “And adaptability: Can we adapt to the new battery-electric and automated-vehicle technologies? It will be interesting.”

Henkel’s consumer brands include Loctite glues, and the company also produces structural adhesives for use in cars, including in putting together battery packs.

Geoffrey Duff, director of application engineering, North America, for Garrett Motion, said that his company is gauging how autonomous vehicles will “change more traditional things like powertrain development. Will consumers want the same torque and power curves?”

Such questions are highly relevant for Garrett, which is a leading producer of turbocharging technology, in part because turbochargers are compatible with electrified vehicle platforms and hybrids. About 70 percent of mild hybrids – which are projected to be the most popular form of electrified vehicle – are expected to have turbo or multiple turbo systems by 2021, Duff said.

Joerg Weisgerber, CEO of Hella Electronics Corp. for North and South America, and producer of automotive applications in lighting, electronics, aftermarket and special applications, said that the key for a supplier such as Hella is “to find the balance between hype” and reality for EVs and AVs.

“For us as a traditional supplier to the auto industry it’s important to monetize along the way,” he said.