Delphi 48-volt technology will be in new cars by 2017

Greg Gardner , Detroit Free Press 

Published 12:01 a.m. ET April 13, 2016 | Updated 3:50 p.m. ET April 14, 2016

Delphi Automotive says it has commitments from 2 automakers to use new system.

Delphi Automotive has commitments from two automakers to use a new 48-volt battery system on vehicles that will go into production in late 2017, the London-based supplier said.

The company didn't name the automakers but it has already shown the system in a Honda Civic 1.6-liter diesel. The high-voltage battery system, which offers considerably more power than standard 12-volt batteries, is also expected to be used to enhance the fuel economy of mild hybrid powertrains by taking away the strain of running accessories, such as air conditioning.

Delphi officials have said its 48-volt system, which is an electrical architecture not a battery alone, can offer 70% of the fuel-economy benefit of higher-voltage mild-hybrid systems at 30% of the cost. The supplier showcased the 48-volt mild-hybrid system in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.