French automotive supplier Valeo is providing additional details on the upcoming electric supercharger technology.

French automotive supplier Valeo is providing additional details on the upcoming electric supercharger technology.

Set to make its debut in the Audi SQ7, Valeo's system consists of an electric supercharger which according to the company can reduce fuel consumption by 7% to 20% and it also eliminates most of the lag as the power will be available at a lower rpm. Valeo says they have a one or two-year lead over other automotive suppliers as far as the supercharger technology is concerned. There are a couple of downsides that need to be taken into consideration as an electric supercharger increases power consumption and is also costlier to produce.

US-based Honeywell says they will launch their own system between 2017 and 2019. They describe it as being an "electrically driven compressor” or an "e-charger" which will be able to provide "very, very good transient response [very low lag] at the low end of the engine speed."

The aforementioned SQ7 will be the first production car to benefit from this technology and it will be implemented in a V8 diesel engine which is believed to have a 4.0- or 4.2-liter displacement. It will allegedly produce more than 400 bhp (298 kW) which will be enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 5.5 seconds. Audi has already confirmed the SQ7 will go on sale sometime next year.