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News Kia hopping on the 48-volt ultra-mild hybrid bandwagon

19:42  16 may  2018
19:42  16 may  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

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Kia has announced that it will join an expanding line of automakers, including Audi, Ram, Volvo and others, adding ultra - mild 48 - volt hybrid systems to their engines. The system works like other systems in that it has a combination starter and generator connected to the engine crank via a belt.

Kia announced that it will introduce a 48 - volt ultra mild hybrid engine assist system in Europe. It will first appear on the diesel Sportage compact crossover followed by Kia has announced that it will join an expanding line of automakers, including Audi, Ram, Volvo and others, adding ultra - mild 48 - volt

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Kia has announced that it will join an expanding line of automakers, including Audi, Ram, Volvo and others, adding ultra-mild 48-volt hybrid systems to their engines. The system works like other systems in that it has a combination starter and generator connected to the engine crank via a belt. It allows the engine to be shut off earlier than simply at a stop, and provides a bit of electrical assistance to reduce how much the engine has to work on takeoff.

The system will first be implemented in Europe with the Kia Sportage and with its diesel engine in 2018. In 2019, the Kia Ceed small car will also be offered with the system. Kia says the system will also appear on gasoline engines in the near future. However, a representative from Kia's U.S. branch wouldn't comment either way on whether the technology will come to America.

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Think of the possibilities with a 48 - volt , mild hybrid system - 4x the voltage, 4x the power. It all starts with the electrical architecture. Demands for

Mild hybrid systems that use 48 - volt components can increase fuel economy by up to 15 percent “So even in 2030, 48 volts will be part of the mix.”CreditKarl Nielsen for Delphi Technologies . Kia hopping on the 48 - volt ultra - mild hybrid bandwagon .

We think it's a pretty safe bet that we'll see the technology offered in the U.S. soon. Kia makes it clear that this system is designed to be easy to implement. It says there are hardly any packaging issues, usually putting the battery under the trunk floor, and the starter/generator motor doesn't typically require reworking the engine bay much. It also should work with rear-, front-, or all-wheel-drive layouts and with manual and automatic transmissions. If it were only going to be on diesel engines, we could see how Kia might not bring it, but since it will also be featured on gas engines, we're sure it will show up on our shores soon.

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The final piece of the inline-6-powered, midsize Mercedes-AMG lineup has been added: the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 sedan that will use the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six as the CLS53, and E53 coupe and cabrio. Producing the same 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, it features the same 48-volt ultra-mild hybrid assist combined with a starter-generator and a small electrically-driven compressor in the intake tract to help reduce turbo lag.Power is fed to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission, the only one offered with this powertrain.

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