Ice cream bans threaten light hybrids


As internal combustion engine (ICE) bans loom over the next decade, questions must be raised about the long-term validity of partially electrified powertrains. Neither fully electric nor fully fueled by gasoline or diesel, they are in a gray area of ​​the industry that is evolving at a steady pace towards a zero emission future. As today’s drivers consider their options over the next decade, will 48-volt (48-volt) systems be more than an alternative?

In Europe, ACEA figures show hybrid cars remain popular among buyers, accounting for 18.4% of all new models sold in the first quarter of 2021, overtaking plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) which have taken a share. by 8.2%. Hybrids remain the largest class of alternative-drive passenger cars in the European Union, with registrations on the rise “almost everywhere” in the region. From January to March, hybrid sales were up 101.6% from the first quarter of 2020. ACEA figures group standard hybrids and mild hybrids together in this category.

Convenience vs compliance

The allure of a modern 48V model is fair and for many it will offer a first taste of electrification without the change of ownership associated with a plug-in vehicle. Technology can


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