The automotive industry in general is faced with growing challenges of meeting future emission, efficiency and safety norms, while at the same time ensuring product and part performances are not compromised. The talk around electromobility is getting stronger by the day, but manufacturers realise it’s not the only solution available for future mobility. One such company is BorgWarner, the global product leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles.
No matter which propulsion system is used, BorgWarner is developing an extensive range of products for clean and efficient vehicles of the future. The company recognises the fact that the discussion today has moved from being internal combustion-centric to one that involves all possible options. Even though governments are pushing the electromobility agenda powerfully, BorgWarner is of the belief that the next solution ideally should be hybrids. Having said that, Sudhir Kumar Chawla, Managing Director, BorgWarner Emissions Systems India (L) said the company is prepared to address any kind of transition that the industry makes – IC to electric, or through the hybridisation mode.
Jean-Francois Savajols, Vice President Sales, Emissions & Thermal Systems, BorgWarner (C) harped on the need to build an ecosystem approach. It is easier to engage with customers when there is absolute clarity on the direction a market wants to take. He was referring to India’s situation at the moment, where there is a massive push towards going all-electric. BorgWarner, he said, is taking more of an ecosystem view in offering solutions to the market.
While it is clear that electromobility is being preferred and pushed for globally, BorgWarner is not moving away from its focus on IC engines. The company has developed solutions that have significantly improved efficiency and performance in IC engines, said Savajols.
WIDE PRODUCT PORTFOLIO
At the expo, the company put on display a wide variety of products and solutions, across the three focussed domains of combustion, hybrids and electric. In the combustion area, a critical highlight was the variable cam timing (VCT) technologies, which included its patented cam torque actuated (CTA) phasers with mid-position lock and integrated centre bolt. This advanced variable cam timing technology enables optimised valve timing control over a broad range of engine speeds, said a company release. Chawla said the company has received very good feedback on the VCT.
Also on showcase was BorgWarner’s mild hybridisation expertise with the eBooster electrically driven compressor and 48 V eFan. The eBooster essentially delivers boost on demand until the turbocharger takes over, improving boost at low engine speeds and nearly eliminating turbo lag. It’s a compact unit that can be adapted to a wide range of hybrid or combustion applications. The eFan on the other hand, offers superior thermal management by delivering powerful and highly efficient airflow systems for passenger, commercial vehicle and off-highway vehicles.
Last year, the company launched its first integrated electric drive module (eDM) for EVs. This solution combined BorgWarner’s high voltage hairpin (HVH) electric motor with its eGearDrive transmission in a single module. This low weight solution delivers high efficiency, and is easy to install. BorgWarner’s expertise in electric motors was acquired through its acquisition of Remy International in 2015. The company also displayed a high voltage air heater, specifically for hybrids and EVs. The company has developed the high-voltage positive temperature coefficient (PTC) cabin heater as a waste heat independent heating solution.
A core focus area for the company is the commercial vehicle sector. It is supporting CV manufacturers in meeting current and future emissions regulations through a wide range of technology and products. A series of modular compact floating core EGR coolers as well as the latest generation of the electronically actuated Visctronic fan drive were two critical showcases at the Auto Expo.
Responding to a question on availability of these solutions in the Indian market, Chawla said most of the products have been tested out in India, barring the waste heat recovery system, which is not used in India currently. “As people are moving from diesel to gasoline, I hope they‘ll be looking for efficiency with gasoline as well. We are predominantly in diesel technology, but I see a shift towards gasoline,” said Chawla.
BorgWarner is keenly watching the development of electrification in India. It is mindful of the government’s push, and is aligning its product and technology strategy to address this shift. For the more immediate challenge of meeting BS VI emission norms, R Murali, Director & Plant Manager, Morse Systems, BorgWarner Morse Systems India (R) expected some new technologies to be introduced which may have already been implemented in some other region.
Overall, the company is very optimistic about India and is keenly observing the developments in the market. It is ready to make fresh investments to address the future challenges of mobility.
TEXT: Deepangshu Dev Sarmah