New and only from Schaeffler for the automotive aftermarket: the INA FEAD KIT for 48-volt mild hybrids

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket says it is the first supplier in the aftermarket to offer a repair solution for the front end auxiliary drive (FEAD) for 48-volt hybrid vehicles.
The 48-volt INA FEAD KIT is now available for the Renault Scénic and Mégane dCi 110 Hybrid Assist. The main components include the V-ribbed belt, tension and idler pulleys as well as all necessary accessories. During the course of this year, solutions for other vehicle applications will follow, says Schaeffler.
2020 is a key year for e-mobility for automobile manufacturers, and for the first time the CO2 limits set by the European Union are to be abided. For the automotive aftermarket, too, the question arises which spare parts will be needed in the future and how services can be provided.
The technical challenges that garages will have to prepare themselves for in the future are manifold and complex – for example, hybrid cars with a P0 drive have an electric motor in the belt drive in addition to the classic combustion engine.
The 48-volt mild hybrid technology plays a central role in transforming the FEAD system from a power consumer into a power supplier: the starter motor and alternator are replaced by a belt alternator generator, or BAS short. In interaction with a 48-volt battery, the vehicle can “coast” with the combustion engine completely switched off, thus saving up to seven percent of CO2 emissions. Upon acceleration, the belt alternator generator can also increase the drive torque with the so-called “boost function”, thus increasing both performance and comfort.
From a technological perspective, Schaeffler says it is very well positioned for hybrid vehicles in the aftermarket, given its original equipment expertise in powertrain systems. Today, it says its portfolio already offers chassis components for more than 85 percent of all hybrid vehicles. This corresponds to almost the same coverage as for vehicles with traditional combustion engines.
For the timing and front end auxiliary drive, these aftermarket experts reportedly offer repair solutions for more than half of all hybrid passenger cars with Schaeffler stating that already garages are frequently installing the following repair solutions from Schaeffler, amongst others: for the engine system the INA Timing Belt Drive KIT for the Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI e-tron, VW GOLF VII 1.4 GTE Hybrid and the Volvo D5 and D6 Hybrid; for the chassis repair (for example) the FAG WheelSet is installed in the Renault Scénic 4 with 1.5 dCi Hybrid Assist and in the BMW X5 and X6 Hybrid.

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