- The Washington Times - Friday, July 5, 2002

Recent reports coming out of Detroit suggest that new 42-volt systems are being delayed because of high development costs and complex technical hurdles. A BRG Townsend research study has identified six basic factors that would affect implementation of new electrical systems.
Development costs for 42-volt systems are very high and automakers will find it difficult to recoup those costs because car buyers don't really care and will not recognize much, if any, additional value in a vehicle that has a 42-volt electrical system.
According to BRG Townsend, "Realistically, we don't expect to see a 42-volt system on a production vehicle until 2010, with perhaps 3 percent technology penetration by 2011. After that we believe penetration will speed up and 100 percent penetration in new vehicles should come rather quickly."
DuPont has developed a Web site aimed at automotive designers and engineers working on 42-volt electrical systems.
The site contains both general and detailed information on the challenges and opportunities posed by 42-volt systems.
The Web site covers technical issues in six specific automotive systems, including electrical distribution, electronic controls, integrated starter-alternators, thermal management, air conditioning and other systems like steering, brakes or throttle control. The Web address is www.42volt.dupont.com.


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