Use of Turbocharged Engines Will Triple in North America by 2020
The massive expected surge in turbocharged engines will be fueled by the newly proposed U.S. CAFE standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, as Mckinley explained. Also, he revealed the fact that turbochargers allow a fuel economy of approximately 20 percent on gasoline engines and 40 percent on diesel ones.
“While electric vehicles get a lot of attention nowadays for their potential, turbocharging is a credible technology available and accepted in the marketplace right now. Engine downsizing coupled with turbos is the quickest way to make a significant improvement in the overall fuel efficiency of the U.S. automotive portfolio while maintaining performance levels,” the Vice President of Honeywell was quoted as saying by leftlanenews.com
When speaking of market awareness it is a well known fact that Ford’s Ecoboost has taken an early lead, followed by manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which have adopted turbochargers on mass, as a way to deliver large power increases while boosting fuel economy in the same time, by dropping cylinders and adding forced induction. The latest to play in the “turbo league” is General Motors, which uses Honeywell turbochargers on three of its four new Chevrolet Cruze models, including the Cruze Eco, which has a 42 mpg consumption thanks to a 1.4-liter four cylinder turbo engine.