Despite the growing range of electric vehicles, combustion engine vehicles are projected to have a market share among new cars of 85 percent even in 2025. In these vehicles, the generator supplies a growing number of electronic consumers – from comfort features such as air conditioning and navigation to safety features such as ABS and automated driving functions. The more efficiently the necessary power is generated, the lower the overall fuel consumption of the vehicle.
A significant additional efficiency increase by SEG Automotive proves that even after 100 years, major innovations are still possible in the generator segment: Active rectifying in combination with specially developed semi-conductor technology reduces conduction losses by around 60 percent compared to conventional generators. This increase in efficiency in real world operation by seven to eight percentage points makes efficiencies of 80 percent and more a reality.
"This performance jump of our already highly-efficient generators proves that even ‘small’ innovations can have a big effect on climate protection", explains Peter Sokol, Chief Executive Officer at SEG Automotive. "We deliver millions of units of generators worldwide every year. Deploying the new semi-conductor technology in all of them has potential real-world savings of almost 1.2 billion liters of fuel and 3 million tons of CO2 over the lifecycle of the respective vehicles."
SEG Automotive has already been able to secure several customer projects in Europe and North America for generators featuring the new technology and will be bringing it into series production for the first time this year.