Innovations for Green Mobility

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Innovations for Green Mobility




Optimized powertrain and electrification offer greatest saving potential



Electronics enable anticipatory, fuel
-
saving driving



Less weight
for engine mounts and interior material


Hanover, June
3,
2013.
Green mobility is an issue the auto industry is currently devoting
more attention to than any other. The car of the future is expected to be powerful and
comfortable, and yet it must also be a
s
fuel
-
efficient

as possible,
emit few

CO
2

emissions,
and be
manufactured

as
eco
-
friendly
as possible.
The o
nly
way to cope with these
challenges is to
rigorously upgrad
e

technology and material.
In keeping with its Engineering
Green Value concept,
Contine
ntal develops and produces a comprehensive package of
components, modules, and systems for this
purpose
.
Three key aspects take center stage
here: protecting resources, climate
neutrality
, and


last but not least


stepped
-
up

efficiency.
This
gives rise t
o

products that improve the eco
-
balance of vehicles without compromising
comfort or driving pleasure. In so doing, Continental developers can build on the wide
-
ranging expertise of one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world, while also benefiting

from synergies between the five divisions in the company.


Even in ten years


time, around 95

percent

of all new cars will still be powered by a gasoline
or diesel engine. For this reason, the most effective method of cutting pollutant and CO
2

emissions in road traffic is still the optimization and gradual electrification of the conventional
powertrain. Through the simultaneous advancement of both pillars of the "Clean Power"
technology package (combustor and electrification), Continental suppo
rts the complete range
of optimization
concepts
en route

to clean individual mobility in 2020 and beyond. Functions
of the electrical and mechanical path are further integrated in a holistic approach and the
systems and components in the electrical powert
rain


from the battery and power
electronics through to the electric motor for all types of electric drives


further optimized.


Electronic solutions are already helping drivers to save fuel. An example of this is the
"eHorizon" software concept, which,

in conjunction with the AFFP
®

(accelerator force
feedback pedal), allows
for

anticipatory
driving.

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This
, t
oo,
sav
es

fuel. Special sensors calculate the actual fuel quality in the tank as well as
the sulfur content. In this way, they help not only to redu
ce emissions but also to improve the
efficiency and durability of modern diesel engines.


Lighter materials and energy
-
efficient components also play an important role in green
mobility. To save weight,
Continental ever more frequently uses polyamide to ma
ke
even

ultra

heavy
-
duty

motor mounts and structural components. These components shave
fifty

percent off the weight of comparable conventional aluminum engine mount
s. Interior foils for
door trim

and instrument panels made from TPO (olefin
-
based thermopla
stic elastomers) are
not only recyclable and halogen
-
free
. They

also reduce the weight by between 25 and 50

percent,

depending on the design.


Drive belts offer a
nother lever for promoting low
-
consumption and emission
-
reduced
engines. These generate less
friction and
provide longer service life

than conventional drive
belts.
Heavy
-
duty

multiple V
-
ribbed belts from Continental
are also at work

in fuel
-
efficient,
CO
2
-
reducing start
-
stop systems. At the same time,
special hose lines make for more
effective ai
r conditioners and exhaust gas cleaning systems in
an increasing number of cars.
The
re is a particularly high

need for vacuum systems in electric, hybrid, and diesel vehicles.
Regardless of the powertrain,
the electrical vacuum pump (EVP) helps reduce CO
2

emissions from conventional combustion engines

in the case of "vacuum on demand"
.


Health and environmental considerations are closely linked, as demonstrated by
Continental's current range of surface materials.
Ultra
-
modern materials for
seat covers and
door trim

are
particularly kind to the skin, free of contact allergens, and low in emissions.
They can contain up to
fifty percent

renewable raw materials and exhibit a CO
2

balance that
is
fifteen percent

than

standard
cover materials.
In view of the fact

that all of us spend up to
two
-
and
-
a
-
half years of our life in a car, it is important to make the

interior climate as healthy
as possible. In China, the Government has specified guide values for pollutant evaporation in
the vehicle interior; these materia
ls make it easier to comply with these values.












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Continental Innovations for Green Mobility in Detail


A
cella
®

Eco Natural: Seat Material Made from Renewable Raw Materials

With the Acella
®

Eco product family, the Continental surface specialist Benecke
-
Kal
iko is
contributin
g

in a major way
to improving the climate in vehicle interiors. As an interior
material
for vehicle seats and door trim
, Acella
®

Eco Green is is ultra
-
skin
-
friendly, free of
contact allergens, and low in emissions.

A
cella
®

Eco Natural
has

a renewable raw material
content of up
to
fifty percent

and exhibits a
fifteen percent better
CO
2

balance tha
n

standard
cover materials. TEPEO
®

interior foils are up to
fifty percent

lighter than the usual PVC
products. This can help save up to two kilograms of weight in the car. But it is not just inside
the vehicle that these surface materials are kind to people and the environment
. T
hey offer
benefits
already in

the manufacturing
s
tage

and then again

later during recycling. The eco
balance

testifies to this
. The entire life cycle of TEPEO
®

was compared with that of a
conventional PVC foil: The lightweight TEPEO
®

foil has a
forty
-
eight
-
percent

better CO
2

balance than the standard foi
l.


Plastic Replacing

Aluminum


Engine Mounts and Structural Components
Getting

Lighter

Use plastic rather than metal for components is a
nother way to
cut

weight and
render

vehicles more eco
-
friendly. Continental’s glass
-
fiber
-
reinforced polyamide engine
mounts
and structural components
are at work

in vehicles from General Motors, BMW, and Porsche.
These ultra
-
strong components shave
fifty

percent off the weight of a comparable
conventional aluminum engine mount.
What is more, p
lastic can be molded at lowe
r
temperatures than, for example, aluminum,
so

much less energy is required for

the
production process
. It can also be recycled in lots of different ways.
Continental is also
developing new active mounting concepts tailored to innovative and low
-
consumptio
n drives,
such as engines with cylinder deactivation or hybrid drives.


Aluminum
Replacing

Steel


New Generation of Lightweight Brake Boosters

L
atest
-
generation brake boosters
(generation III) are also lighter
. They are made entirely of
aluminum and are therefore almost
fifty percent
, or 1,700 grams, lighter than conventional
steel brake boosters.









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The
y have
also been reduced
in length
by
twelve percent

(15 millimeters).
Thinner panels
and optimizing the inner
component dimensions made possible t
he weight reduction and
improved packaging. Compared with conventional aluminum technologies, the panel
thickness was reduced by 50

percent

(from 2.4 millimeters to 1.2 millimeters), while
maintaining the same service li
fe of the brake booster.


High
-
performance Hoses Ensure Ecological Efficiency

To
render combustion more effective and thereby reduce exhaust gases
, engineers are
developing the next generation of
highly
turbocharged engines
. These

work at pressures
above
t
hree

bar and
thus

require special hoses.
The n
ew materials and innovative
combinations of different knitted fabric and rubber materials
used here
easily ou
tperform
conventional materials
. Continental ha
s

likewise

taken on a

vanguard
role
in the case of
com
ponents used to
purify exhaust gases
by means of

selective catalytic reduction (SCR)
technology. A heatable EPDM
-
based (ethylene
-
propylene
-
diene rubber) hose line module
ensures that the urea required for the process does not freeze. ContiTech is now also
offering this cutting
-
edge technology for more
powerfully engined
cars.
Comprised
of
air
conditioning lines and an inner heat exchange unit,
t
he re
-
designed
range of ECO AC
products

ups the efficiency of air conditioning units, reduces weight, and lowers t
he level of
refrigerant usage.


Drive Belts for Low
-
E
mission Engines

The drive belt

used is
another
factor influencing how
fuel
-
efficient and clean an engine is
.
A
highly flexible multiple
-
V
-
ribbed belt, the
CONTI
®

UNIPOWER ECO2
-
FLEX
, reduces the
power loss in auxiliary unit drives by
ten percent
. High
-
performance multiple V
-
ribbed belts
from Continental can also be found in fuel
-
efficient, CO
2
-
reducing start
-
stop systems. The oil
-
resistant timing belt CONTI
®

OIL RUNNER replaces chain
s in oil pump drives and camshaft
timing assemblies. They benefit the environment thanks to significantly reduced CO
2

emissions, since timing belts
are less friction
-
prone and thus
reduce a vehicle's fuel
consumption
and are

quieter

to boot
. Another exampl
e is the belt
-
driven starter generator
with special

high
-
performance V
-
ribbed belt.

In start
-
stop operation, it
lowers fuel
consumption by

as much as five to ten percent
, thereby cutting emissions at traffic lights or in
stop
-
and
-
go rush
-
hour traffic.









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1304




Con
ti
®

Thermo
-
Protect Reduces Heat Losses by
U
p to 70

Percent

Heat insulation is also becoming an issue in cars due to increasingly small
clearances
. The
flexible insulation material Conti
®

Thermo
-
Protect can be used to insulate line systems both
in the car a
nd in the factory. It is suitable for hard
-
to
-
reach or critical positions where
conventional sealing or insulation systems are not up to the job.
I
ts special microporous
structure

makes

Conti
®

Thermo
-
Protect extremely easy to handle
. The product

has proven

its
value in highly angular line systems

in particular
.
T
he highly flexible foam surrounds the pipe
and line systems and exhibits reliable characteristics at temperatures of +250°C to
-
50°C.
This allows

heat losses on these components
to

be reduced by up
to
seventy percent
.


"Cl
ean Power" Technology Package B
undles Fuel Saving Concepts

Further optimization of the conventional powertrain
harbors generous

saving
s

potential.
Continental is pressing full steam ahead with these enhancements
. It

has
bundled a number
of different concepts together in the newly
created "
Clean Power" technology package
.
Especially

the gasoline engine
can be made
considerabl
y

more
fuel
-

and
cost
-
efficient by
means of
downsizing and turbocharging.
The switchover from manif
old to direct injection can
pave the way to m
ajor progress in gasoline engines. With the XL3 solenoid valve and
matching

engine control unit and high
-
pressure pump, Continental
is
already
fielding

t
he third
generation
.
T
he direct injector is becoming even
more powerful and efficient
,

while reducing
particle emissions even further.

At the moment,
Continental is
already at work on the
next
of
injection system

generation. It will feature n
ew functions and system pressures of up to 350
bar.


On the diesel engi
ne front as well
, the next
stages of
development
for

control units, high
-
pressure pumps, and injectors

are underway.

Systems generating 2,000 bar of injection
pressure are currently in mass production; 2,500 bar is planned for the next generation from
2015

onward. The new power
-
enhanced and cost
-
optimized diesel common rail piezo servo
injector
, the

PCRs5
,

is a highly attractive solution for the majority of
light
-
vehicle
diesel
engines in use worldwide (
in
passenger cars and lightweight commercial vehicles
up to 6
tonnes).
This precise and robust technology makes it easy for diesel engines to comply with
t
he Euro 6 exhaust gas standard
specifications
.










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1304




System Integration Reduces Energy Consumption

The combination of two
of Continental’s
award
-
winning innov
ations clearly
points up

how
important
it is that different units in vehicle electronics
perfectly coordinated
their
cooperation
when

develop
ing

new components and systems. The "electronic horizon" (eHorizon) concept
allows drivers to use navigation data to control other vehicle systems. The anticipatory data
lets eHorizon know what to expect up ahead on the road
. eHorizon

forwards this informatio
n
to other control units or the AFFP
®
. The AFFP
®
, in turn,
acts as

the direct contact
to

the
driver. It generates a haptic signal
corresponding

to
a

given driving situation. This

help
s

drivers to perfectly adapt their driving style to the route ahead. The
combination of eHorizon
and the active accelerator helps drivers to
markedly reduce

fuel consumption
,
which, in turn,
cuts

CO
2

emissions. At the same time, AFFP
®

and eHorizon help hybrid and all
-
electric
vehicles
extend

their range

potential
.


Electrical V
acuum Pump Lowers CO
2

Emissions

The electrical vacuum pump (EVP) meets all vacuum requirements, particularly in electric,
hybrid, and diesel vehicles as well is in
gasoline
-
engined cars with direct
-
injection
. The EVP
is also used if the modern dethrottled
gasoline combustion engine does not provide

sufficient
vacuum for operation of

the brake booster or the vacuum
-
controlled and
-
operated actuators.
The robust, durable design allows EVP to be used as the sole vacuum source in the vehicle.
With
"
v
acuum on de
mand
"

the EVP helps reduce CO
2

emissions from conventional
combustion engines
, regardless of the powertrain
.



With sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide.
As a supplier of brake systems, systems and

components for powertrains and chassis,
instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers,
Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an
expert partner
in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately
173,000 employees in 46 countries.

















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Contact for journalists


Simone Geldhäuser

External Communications

Continental

Powertrain Division

Siemensstrasse 12

93055
Regensburg, Germany

Ph.: +49 941 790
-
61302

Fax: +49 941 790
-
99 61302

simone.geldhaeuser@continental
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corporation.com


Enno Pflug

External Communications

Continental

Interior Division

Sodener Strasse 9

65824 Schwalbach am Taunus, Germany

Ph.: +49 6196
87
-
2515

Fax: +49 6196 87
-
792515

enno.pflug@continental
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corporation.com


Sören Pinkow

External Communications

Continental

Chassis & Safety Division

Guerickestrasse 7

60488 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Ph.: +49 69 7603
-
8492

Fax: +49 69 7603
-
3945

soeren.pinkow@continental
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corporation.com


Nicole Geißler

Head of Communications

Continental

Chassis & Safety division

Guerickestrasse 7

60488 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Ph.: +49 69 7603
-
6000

Fax: +49 69 7603
-
3945

nicole.geissler@continental
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corporation.com


Mario Töpfer

Head of Technical Media

Continental

ContiTech Division

Vahrenwalder Strasse 9

30165 Hanover

Ph.: +49 511 938
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1304

Fax: +49 511 938
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1305

mario.toepfer@contitech.de


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