48V technology:
the affordable electromobility

Valéo is launching a new generation of 48V electric motors, a key solution for the affordable electrification of urban mobility. This new technology aims to support the launch of new electric/hybrid vehicles at an affordable cost for car manufacturers.

Main project's drivers for reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

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Energy and resource efficiency

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Energy Decarbonisation

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Energy efficiency improvements

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Improving efficiency in non-energy resources

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Emissions removal

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Financing low-carbon issuers or disinvestment from carbon assets

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Reduction of other greenhouse gases emission

Project objectives

The project objective is to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions linked to mobility, particularly in urban areas.

Detailed project description

Valeo aims to be the market leader in 48V electric motors, enabling the progressive electrification of vehicle sales on an annual basis.

The model developed by Valeo (48V motor or iBSG) targets an emission reduction of 1.1 Mt of CO2 avoided by 2025 (based on a 2019 baseline).

This figure is based on a model integrating (i) the nominal gain of the iBSG in real world conditions (not WLTP), based on the calculation of the nominal gain carried out by the European Commission (cf. the gain credited to the technology by the European Commission; see below the decision of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission); (ii) a sales projection for the year 2025 (confidential figure), in line with Valeo’s business plan.

Emission scope(s)

on which the project has a significant impact

Scope 1

Direct emissions generated by the company's activity.

Scope 2

Indirect emissions associated with the company's electricity and heat consumption.

Scope 3

Emissions induced (upstream or downstream) by the company's activities, products and/or services in its value chain.

Emission Removal

Carbon sinks creation, (BECCS, CCU/S, …)

Avoided Emissions

Emissions avoided by the activities, products and/or services in charge of the project, or by the financing of emission reduction projects.

Emissions évitées – Moteur électrique type iBSG 48v

  • Quantification: 1,1 Mt eq CO2 

Valeo vise à être leader du marché des moteurs électriques 48V, permettant de progressivement électrifier les ventes de véhicules annuellement. 

Le modèle développé par Valeo (moteur 48V ou iBSG) vise une réduction d’émissions de 1,1 Mt de CO2 évitées à 2025 (sur la base d’une baseline 2019).  

Le chiffre est construit sur un modèle intégrant (i) le gain nominal de l’iBSG en conditions réelles (et non WLTP), s’appuyant sur les travaux de calcul de gain nominal réalisé par la Commission européenne (cf. le gain crédité à la technologie par la Commission européenne ; voir infra la décision du Joint Research Center de la Commission européenne) ; (ii) une projection de vente pour l’année 2025 (chiffre confidentiel), aligné avec le business plan de Valeo.

Key points

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Invested amount

Not communicated

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Starting date of the project


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Project localisation

Etaples (Pas de Calais), L'Isle d'Abeau (Isère), Sablé sur Sarthe (Sarthe), Sainte Florine (Haute Loire), Créteil (Val de Marne), Cergy-Pontoise (Val d'Oise)

Project maturity level

Prototype laboratory test (TRL 7)

Real life testing (TRL 7-8)

Pre-commercial prototype (TRL 9)

Small-scale implementation

Medium to large scale implementation

Economic profitability of the project (ROI)

Short term (0-3years)

Middle term (4-10 years)

Long term (> 10 ans)

Illustrations of the project

This new technology contributes to the following SDGs:

  • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG Climate change

This project contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions from vehicles, air quality (electric mobility) and affordable mobility.

Given the importance of the market addressed, 48V technology is subject to a strong competitive environment.

Partnerships have been established with an ecosystem of French and foreign suppliers to cover production needs.

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