Brose North America has announced a significant expansion of its presence in the North American powertrain market. Tightened government and industry regulations are requiring automakers to develop products that improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. As a result, Brose developed its electric oil pump (eOP) to deliver the economic benefits offered by a stop-start system without compromising the drivability desired by North American consumers. Stop-start engine solutions are estimated to increase fuel economy by as much as six percent, according to Brose.
“Brose has truly emerged as a leader in transmission electrification. We used our product knowledge and grasp of market trends to create solutions that are flexible and quick to meet evolving customer needs,” said Richard Illingworth, customer team director of Drivetrain Actuators, North America. “When combined with the eOP, the stop-start system shuts down the internal combustion engine when stopped in traffic, saving fuel while maintaining transmission oil pressure. The eOP delivers a significant improvement in drivability compared to mechanical methods of maintaining oil pressure.”
North American production of the eOP is slated to begin in 2018 at Brose’s El Marqués, Mexico, manufacturing location.