Fuel saving is electrifying

Delphi has recently demonstrated fuel economy improvements of 10 to 15% in a sports utlility vehicle using an integrated starter-generator (ISG).

Concern about petrol prices and tougher emissions regulations have increased the focus of vehicle manufacturers on optimising fuel consumption. One possible solution has recently been posed by Delphi in a technical paper delivered at this week’s SAE Truck & Bus Show in Chicago.

The paper details the fuel economy gain provided by a 42V Energen-10 integrated starter-generator (ISG) for engine stop-start functionality, as implemented by Delphi in a sport utility vehicle.

‘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.

The Energen-10 ISG provides wear-free operation since the system does not use brushes or slip-rings.

The system also monitors and notifies the driver of any issues concerning battery life.

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