Our Roadmaps

Our Roadmaps provide an insight into the technology trends and forecasts for automotive propulsion systems to 2040. They are an essential tool in identifying the path to a net-zero future, highlighting key milestones that present opportunities and also challenges that must be overcome. Our Roadmaps are currently being updated ready for launch in September 2024. If you’re an expert in these areas and would like to be involved, please get in touch.

Technology roadmaps

Fuel Cell

A brand-new roadmap in 2020, providing a comprehensive outlook on fuel cell stacks, balance of system and fuel management towards industrialisation. A promising chemical to mechanical powertrain solution for the future.

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Lightweight Vehicle & Powertrain Structure

A well-established topic, taking new approaches on vehicle platform architecture, mixed materials and future LCA-capable materials to delivering future vehicle weight reductions.

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Thermal Propulsion Systems

A bedrock technology that is driving improvement in engine efficiency and adopting net-zero fuels on the backdrop of increasingly stringent decarbonisation legislation.

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Power Electronics

A rapidly evolving and dynamic sector for automotive propulsion technologies with inverters, DC-DC converters and on-board charger applications driving cost and performance improvements.

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Electric Machines

This roadmap provides key trends, themes and technologies on electric machine architectures, integration, thermal management, materials and manufacturing driving innovation in the future.

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Electrical Energy Storage

An in-depth look into battery technologies split into Cells and Packs, provides insights into chemistries, construction and industrialisation for mass-market adoption.

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Roadmap Report: Towards 2040

The Roadmap Report: Towards 2040 is a guide to automotive propulsion technologies which explores the Automotive Council roadmaps in more detail. It identifies the key trends that will determine future powertrain development.

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Product roadmaps

Bus and Coach

The transport of passengers in urban and long-range environments results in important considerations for powertrain selection to match scheduling, operation characteristics and commercial viability.

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Light Duty Vehicle <3.5t

Previously titled passenger cars, we have included light commercial vehicles into a new-look LDV roadmap. With significant platform sharing and common regulation drivers, the roadmap charts the progress of urban, long range and high-performance vehicles through to 2050.

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Heavy Goods >3.5t & Off-Highway Vehicle

This provides a new focus to the roadmaps in 2020. Heavy goods vehicles cover a rich array of power & energy, tailpipe emissions and infrastructure demand. A specific focus on off-highway vehicles shows the unique considerations for remote and specialised-operation vehicles.

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