Turbo technologies for EV’s

The automotive industry is getting ready to embrace electric vehicles and many new EV models will reach the roads in the coming years. The battery range is getting longer and prices have become lower. Will that be the end of turbochargers, you may wonder?

We do not think so. Turbochargers will still play an important role in the engine mix in many coming years. Cars with internal combustion engines (ICE) will still take up a 70% share by 2030, according to Ricardo Consultancy1, and many of these will be applied with turbochargers.

But turbochargers are not limited only to ICE cars. They can also be applied to hybrids, fuel cell, and even battery electric cars. As 48V mild hybrid system vehicles are expanding, they open up for many new turbocharging solutions which reduce turbo lag while also regenerating energy. We are currently developing an e-assist turbo for this purpose.

Battery electric vehicles have until now been held back by lack of infrastructure and high costs, among other things. By applying a range extender for back-up situations, we believe that many of these issues could be solved. This is why we are developing a Gas turbine Range Extender based on turbocharging technologies. Read more about it here: RANGE+

No one knows for sure how the propulsion mix will look in 10-20 years from now, but we know that we will have a solution to offer for any type of vehicle.  In this transition towards more electric drivetrains, we will continue to support the automotive industry in lowering emissions by delivering new solutions.

1 https://automotive.ricardo.com/electrification/driving-automotive-electrification-white-paper