Issue: Apr 2006


BorgWarner and EPA Working Together to Clean the Air



Save Americans Gas Money, Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

by Rob White

Leading global powertrain supplier BorgWarner Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced a partnership to develop advanced air management technologies that will enable the automotive and trucking industries to utilize EPA's Clean Diesel Combustion (CDC) and High-Efficiency Gasoline combustion technologies.

"BorgWarner and the EPA are working quickly to develop these concepts into market-ready products, in order to provide automotive and truck manufacturers with hardware and know-how to improve both clean diesel engines and create more efficient gasoline engine technologies," said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO. "BorgWarner is extremely proud to supply technical expertise, new enabling products and monetary support to achieve these goals."

The partnership is particularly focused on technologies that lead to products that improve efficiency with lower emissions and have the best potential for commercialization. The collaboration was announced during a ceremony today at the BorgWarner Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Broad industry interest in EPA's Clean Diesel Combustion has accelerated the need for more advanced air-boosting systems than are available for today's diesel.

"In partnership with the EPA, we are working on innovative solutions to address the greater performance requirements of advanced turbocharging and boosting systems," Manganello said. "These clean combustion technologies attack emissions at the source -- in the combustion chamber -- instead of solely relying on aftertreatment. They provide the technical means for diesels to meet EPA's Tier 2 Light Duty and 2010 Heavy Duty Diesel rules."

U.S. Congressman Joe Knollenberg emphasized that successful commercialization of the advanced turbochargers and air management technologies that form the basis of the partnership will put more clean-diesel vehicles on America's highways.

"Clean diesels will improve the environment, save consumers money at the pump, increase national security by reducing U.S. dependence on the Middle East, and lower the U.S. trade deficit -- thereby growing America's economy," Congressman Knollenberg said. "These are among the most vital issues facing our country today. I commend BorgWarner and the EPA for their mutual commitment to creating technology solutions that address all of them."

Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, said that the next generation of clean diesel engines are extremely attractive technologies to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and to reduce emission of greenhouse gases.

"If clean diesel cars and light trucks made up 30 percent of the U.S. auto market, we'd save about 1.4 million barrels of oil a day," said Mr. Schaeffer. "The technical challenge has been to cost-effectively make these engines clean, while maintaining or improving fuel efficiency. This partnership between BorgWarner and the EPA addresses that challenge head-on. We look forward to some exciting outcomes."

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