Posts Tagged ‘etorque’

Kia Motors EcoDynamics

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Miami Lakes Automall Kia Sportage Mild-Hybrid

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Sportage Mild-Hybrid

Last week, we took a little dive into the new diesel 48v mild-hybrid powertrain system by Kia Motors. Like how the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group made the eTorque system, the new mild-hybrid by Kia Motors can provide hybrid functionalities while not completely crossing over into the hybrid setup. Known as the EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid system, the new powertrain has a main focus on emissions control and fuel efficiency. The secondary focus is on the practicality of the new mild-hybrid powertrain that, just like any other hybrid, can fit seamlessly into a consumer’s life, without needing to plug-in or worry about recharging.

EcoDynamics Diesel Mild-Hybrid Powertrain

A little recap – the new 48V mild-hybrid powertrain is the first new technology to be launched as part of Kia Motors’ powertrain electrification strategy. In an effort to launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, Kia Motors intends to offer cleaner diesel engines. The EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain (referred to as EcoDynamics+ for short from here throughout) will enable Kia Motors to do just that. To begin the new roll-out of diesel mild-hybrid technology into possibly the entire fleet of Kia Motors vehicles, the 2018 Kia Sportage will receive the option to opt-in for the EcoDynamics+ powertrain in late 2018.

There are two modes that the EcoDynamics+ powertrain can make use of, known as “motor” and “generator”. These two modes rely on Kia’s mild-hybrid technology, made up of a compact 0.46 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery and a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG). In “motor” mode, engine load and emissions are reduced, and up to 10kW of electric power assistance are added to the powertrain via the MHSG during acceleration. In “generator” mode, kinetic energy is harvested from the vehicle via regenerative braking – the process of recycling the energy used to bring the car to a stop as power to recharge the battery.

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Kia Motors’ New Diesel Mild-Hybrid Powertrain

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Miami Lakes Automall Kia Sportage Mild-hybrid Diesel Powertrain

Miami Lakes Automall Kia Sportage Mild-hybrid Diesel Powertrain

Kia Motors is really killing the alternative fuel vehicle scene. Nearly every time they make it big with a vehicle from their lineup, they turn it into a hybrid, then a plug-in, and if they’re really looking to push the envelope, then an electric vehicle. They followed that pattern with the Kia Niro, currently in production for an all-electric variant, the Kia Niro EV. To follow up, Kia is looking into other forms of fuel, and with the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group (FCA) having recently designed and produced the eTorque system, Kia Motors will not be outdone. Hence, they’re about to launch their own mild-hybrid powertrain in 2018.

eTorque

The eTorque system is a new mid-hybrid system from the FCA that is currently placed in the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. The eTorque system is called a “mid-hybrid” system because it offers hybrid capabilities, such as auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking. Like all hybrid systems, it also has an electric feature to it that can replace various car components.

When it comes to the 2019 Ram 1500, the eTorque system is able to deliver its own electricity to the truck, nullifying the need for an alternator, and is able to keep the Ram 1500’s original 12-volt battery charged as well as perform its hybrid functions. In addition, the eTorque system is actually a 48-volt system that can convert 12 volts into 48 without a prolific sweat. Kia Motors seems to be aiming for something similar if not the same.

Kia Motors Mild-Hybrid Powertrain

The full name for this new mild-hybrid powertrain from Kia Motors is actually “diesel 48v mild-hybrid powertrain.” Can you already see the similarities? This year, 2018, Kia Motors will be introducing its first 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, called a new ‘EcoDynamics+’ powertrain that will reduce CO2 emissions by supplementing acceleration with electric power from an additional 48-volt battery and extending combustion engine ‘off time’ using a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit. Yep, lots of similarities there, but we won’t fault Kia for getting in on the ground floor with what can easily become a revolutionary component for vehicles in the next few years (or decades, it’s anyone’s guess).

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