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Today's vehicles feature traditional internal combustion engines, hybrid, plugin, and electric drivetrains. A reader asks: "Which power-plant choice will take the lead in 2020?"

The power-plant variety is driving the development of powertrains, or how power is transferred from a car's engine to its wheels. OEMs must continue to create multiple powertrain designs to adapt to rapidly changing consumer demands.

Sirisha Lavu, Product Manager, Hybrid and Electric Mobility Solutions, TE Connectivity

In this week's webinar presentation, titled "The Powertrain Revolution," a Tech Briefs attendee asked Sirisha Lavu, Product Manager at the power-systems manufacturer TE Connectivity:

"How do you see the breakdown of power-plant choice one year from now, and in 2020?"

Sirisha Lavu, Product Manager, Hybrid and Electric Mobility Solutions, TE Connectivity: I think, one year from now, it will still be a mix. It will not be a completely electric powertrain; it could be more of a plug-in situation. There is still some anxiety that we need to overcome as consumers. We still have the range anxiety. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will illuminate that in the near future. I think that the plug-in hybrids will be the power plant choice, at least for within the year. For 2020, I'm thinking it will mostly be the EVs.

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Watch the presentation: The Powertrain Revolution.

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