Will fuel-saving gadgets like turbochargers hinder plug-in vehicle adoption? « Electric Vehicle Post

Posted on October 16, 2011


Will fuel-saving gadgets like turbochargers hinder plug-in vehicle adoption?

Posted on October 16, 2011 by


In the global battle to reduce emissions, automakers have made considerable strides in boosting the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines thanks to fuel-saving gadgets like turbochargers.

Craig Balis, vice-president of engineers at Honeywell Turbo Technologies, told Reuters:

The turbocharger is a green technology in the sense that it’s helping cut emissions and raise fuel economy. It’s a critical component to get more fuel efficiency out of the engine.

Turbochargers are no longer seen only as power boosters. Nowadays, the turbo is a mainstream weapon used by most automakers to increase efficiency, Typically, a turbo’d engine is around 20 percent more fuel-efficient than a naturally aspirated engine with comparable power output.

But with most automakers shifting some degree of focus and resources to plug-in vehicles, is the turbocharger on its way out? No. Industry officials and analysts predict that turbo’d engines will stay around until at least 2030, when electric vehicles are forcecasted to start grabbing a significant chunk of sales.

The bigger question is, given advanced technology like turbochargers, does the world even need

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