This new engine start-stop solution also delivers fuel consumption benefits on the highway, as it provides additional functions such as "sailing" where the drive train decouples and the internal combustion engine switches off as the vehicle is moving at high speed. An additional one percent reduction in fuel consumption and an important emissions contribution can be achieved through the integration of a thermal management module. This module allows the optimum engine operating temperature to be reached in the shortest time possible and the temperature balance, into which components such as transmission and hybrid elements are also integrated, to be precisely controlled.
The Schaeffler demonstration vehicle, which was developed in North America, demonstrates ways in which future CAFE requirements can be met using existing cost-effective technology. "The project is structured in two phases," explains Jeff Hemphill, CTO of Schaeffler North America. "The objective of phase one is to fulfill the requirements for the year 2020. In the second phase, we will add hybrid systems with the aim of fulfilling the requirements for the year 2025."
"Schaeffler is an established and globally oriented development, industrialization, and manufacturing partner for automobile manufacturers," explains Dr. Juergen M. Geissinger, CEO of Schaeffler AG. "With a total of 180 locations in more than 50 countries and a global network of 40 research and development centers, we are true to our ' In the region, for the region' motto . Our customers benefit locally from our regional strength. At the same time, Schaeffler's regional expertise strengthens the global network – which benefits our customers who also operate globally and to whom we provide decisive support in creating advanced solutions for modern, energy-efficient mobility."
With its product brands INA, LuK and FAG, Schaeffler is a leading provider of rolling and plain bearing solutions, and linear and direct drive technology, as well as a renowned supplier of high-precision products and systems for engines, transmissions and chassis applications to the automotive industry. The global group of companies generated sales of approximately 10.7 billion Euro in 2011. With approximately 76,000 employees worldwide, Schaeffler is one of the largest German and European industrial companies in family ownership. With 180 locations in more than 50 countries, Schaeffler has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, sales companies, engineering offices and training centers.To serve the North American automotive market, Schaeffler operates development centers in: Troy, Mich.; Fort Mill, S.C.; Wooster, Ohio; and Puebla, Mexico. The company's 400 North American engineers and technicians, who are supported by a team of more than 5,500 global engineers, drive development in the region utilizing state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment, computational tools and CAD systems. Schaeffler Automotive has headquarters in Fort Mill and manufacturing facilities in: South Carolina; Missouri; Ohio; Ontario, Canada; Puebla and Irapuato, Mexico. For more information, please visit www.schaeffler.us. SOURCE Schaeffler