May 23, 2018

Kia 48V Mild-Hybrid Diesel powertrain rolling out THIS year

16 May 2018, 09:32 | Marlene Myers

Kia to introduce 48v mild-hybrid diesel technology

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In a bid to reduce emissions, Kia is delivering a new 48V mild hybrid diesel powerplant to its United Kingdom cars this year (Kia say in the second half of 2018) initially in the Kia Sportage but likely to be offered more extensively across the Kia range.

Adding electric assistance to the Sportage's diesel engine upon take off and under partial loads, the electric motor provides 10kW of power and is said to improve overall efficiency by 4 per cent. The all-new third-generation Kia Ceed will be the second among a range of Kia models to offer the new powertrain from 2019.

Kia has announced it will be installing a diesel mild-hybrid powertrain in models in its range.

Compact packaging means the system easily integrates into existing architecture.

EcoDynamics+ mild-hybrid technology offers a greater cost-to-performance ratio compared to full hybrid powertrains.

Although it hasn't gone into detail as to what diesel engine will be part of the system, Kia has revealed that electrification will come in the form of a 48-volt battery powering a starter generator, allowing extended engine "off time" at lower speeds. When decelerating, and inverter switches the current of the motor, effectively turning it into a generator to top up the 0.46kWh battery.

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The battery power can also restart the engine in any situation, assuming there's enough charge. If the battery has sufficient charge, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking.

The 48V battery DC/DC converter enables the battery to connect to the vehicle's on-board power supply, reducing the reliance on the vehicle's 12V battery required to power the vehicle's ancillary electronics.

Kia hasn't released any specs yet, but says that the 48V battery will be located beneath the boot floor, at least in the case of the Sportage.

Kia's EcoDynamics+ system is compatible with manual and automatic transmissions, and can be adapted to front-, rear- and all-wheel drive layouts.

Kia will communicate more detailed plans for the roll-out of its new mild-hybrid technology in the coming months.

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