General Motors has been forthcoming with its electrification strategy, likely in an attempt to continue wooing Wall Street investors. While details a limited, we do know GM will roll out 20 new electric cars by 2023. Two new all-electric cars are coming very soon in less than 18 months.
While GM pursues an all-electric approach, rival Fiat-Chrysler will look into widespread mild-hybrid systems, according to a new video from Autoline. The systems would use 48-volt belt alternator starter technology. The alternators would double as electric motors and stored electricity could power more aggressive stop-start systems and produce extra torque in some scenarios.
It’s worth noting that the industry’s latest favorite buzzword, that is “electrification,” does include mild-hybrid systems. When automakers tout future fully electrified lineups, it’s very likely 48-volt mild-hybrid systems, like the system mulled at FCA, are part of the plan. Mild-hybrid systems don’t allow a vehicle to operate on solely electric power, but they can do wonders for fuel economy targets. The video report mentions a BAS-equipped Wrangler with the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder achieved a quicker 0-60 mph spring and 2 mpg greater than the V6-equipped model.
We’ll likely see more mild-hybrids from every automaker, but mileage may vary.