The launch of autonomous vehicles and a slew of electronic components render the current 12-volts (v) battery nearly unusable. To meet stringent global emissions regulations and offer a basic semi-autonomous system, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must electrify components while offering a bigger source of power. Therefore, OEMs plan to migrate to a 48v power-net and use two voltages. Heavy-duty, power-hungry and parasitic applications such as rear-window heating, supercharger and pumps will port to the new 48v power-net. This shift will reduce vehicle weight, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Strategic Analysis of the Global 48v Power-net Market is part of Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Subscription. It evaluates the current status, challenges, market size, future potential and impact of the 48v power-net market on the automotive value chain. Regions assessed include North America, Europe, and Asia (China and South Korea).
“OEMs such as Mercedes Benz, Audi, Volkswagen will migrate completely to 48v mild hybrid solutions by the end of 2025, in addition to offering plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) across the model range,” said Frost & Sullivan Mobility Research Analyst Manish Menon. “Audi and Volkswagen are looking at improving the vehicle performance in terms of ride and handling, and are expected to offer chassis components like roll stabilizers and electric dampers as 48v applications. Mass-market OEMs such as Ford and General Motors are in a wait-and-watch mode and will likely offer 48v across the model line-up rather than as a trim level option.”
Other noteworthy drivers for the migration and adoption of a 48v include:
“Despite best efforts to develop new battery technologies and improve existing ones, numerous barriers remain that require attention, such as issues with reliability, safety and migration strategies,” noted Menon.
SOURCE: Frost & Sullivan