March 4, 2004
The 12-volt battery, along with the automotive electrical system it supports, will more than triple its voltage to 42 volts in the next four years. The three forces driving a new, higher voltage standard for automotive electrical systems are:
1. The increased power demands from convenience/comfort features and new electronic/telematic devices.
2. Mandated emission standards.
3. Mandated fuel economy standards.
Vehicle electrical demand has doubled in the past 20 years and the current