Think We’re Kidding: Garrett To Begin Manufacture Of Electric Assist Turbochargers In 2021 (OE User Not Named Yet)


Think We’re Kidding: Garrett To Begin Manufacture Of Electric Assist Turbochargers In 2021 (OE User Not Named Yet)

No, it is not a coincidence that you are seeing this story about Garrett getting into the electric turbocharger game right near the story bout Cleetus McFarland horsing around with the currently available aftermarket versions. It’s here to prove that this technology is going to be in OEM vehicles sooner rather than later. Now, which OE? That we do not know because Garrett is not telling us.

What we do know from this piece is the fact that these turbochargers are interesting in the fact that the electric side of things gets the unit spooled at low RPM when it would normally be waiting for the exhaust gasses to increase in volume to do that job. Once the engine gets into the RPM range where it would override the electric assist, it takes over and the electric assist goes away, allowing the unit to operate as a normal turbo. Upon deceleration the unit actually produces energy harnessing the inertia of the spinning turbo to send electricity back into the charging system or to the battery.

The real magic here is the fact that turbocharger sizing can be different. Larger turbochargers that smaller engines would struggle to spool at lower RPM can be used, fuel curves can be adjusted as boost curves change and as engines gets smaller this is all important stuff. Garrett says that 2-4% fuel efficiency increases should be common and they have seen up to 10% in ideal conditions (likely with an engine sitting on the dyno, we’re guessing).

We think it is neat to see this intersection of the aftermarket and the OE supplier side converging on virtually the same technology. Sure, Cleetus may have a more rudimentary model, but electrons are electrons, right?

No Laughing: Garrett to begin making electrically assisted turbos in 2021


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5 thoughts on “Think We’re Kidding: Garrett To Begin Manufacture Of Electric Assist Turbochargers In 2021 (OE User Not Named Yet)

  1. Chris

    I have a 2013 Subaru Outback with the 3,6 6 cylinder engine. It is smooth and torquey as-is but I wonder if I could add one of these beasties on it for more fun. Anyone tried it yet?

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  2. Javier

    This is direct technology trickle down from F1 race cars. They’ve been using this setup to get 1.6 liter v6’s to put out 1,000 hp with 50% thermal efficiency on the same motor For at least 10 races.

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  3. Gary

    My son’s couple of years old BMW 335i uses a turbo that runs off a generator to eliminate lag. This sin’t exactly a new thing! People just aren’t familiar with it. I’ve ridden in his BMW, and it’s impressive, and the fact that it runs about a 1/2 second quicker in the 1/4 mile than a stock 383 Road Runner did back in ’68 on an inline six is incredible.

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