Kia 48V Diesel Hybrid Coming
Kia Motors are expected to introduce their all-new 48-volt dieselelectric hybrid as early as the latter half of 2018.
The new EcoDynamics+ diesel mildhybrid powertrain supplements power delivery using a 48V electric motor. The technology is compact, affordable and, more importantly, can be integrated into existing architecture. The system makes for the provision of electric power to reduce engine load under acceleration. It also recuperates energy during in-gear deceleration and braking. There is also a new “moving Stop & Start” functionality. Overall, the technology aims to reduce CO2 emission by up to seven per cent, when combined with a manual transmission.
The first model to sport the new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain will be the Kia Sportage. More models as well as a new petrol mild-hybrid will follow.