AVID drives innovationPosted: 3 October 2017
Cramlington clean automotive tech firm AVID Technology continues to support and advance the electric and hybrid vehicle industry with its latest innovation.
The company’s new 48V hybrid drive train solution for larger vehicles such as trucks, buses and off highway machinery has been specifically developed to tackle two of the biggest challenges facing these fleets today; reducing emissions and fuel consumption.
The efficiency of AVID’S new patent pending 48V Mild Hybrid System has money saving implications for businesses, while extensively reducing emissions at a time when air quality policy and regulation is a primary concern for all.
AVID managing director Ryan Maughan explains: “We have developed the 48V System for heavy duty vehicles to cost effectively improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions through smart electrification of the power train.
“Extensive testing shows our design provides outstanding fuel savings of up to 28% with a NOX reduction of 46% and a particulate reduction of 93% on a Euro 5 EEV diesel engine. This has the potential to be further improved as the system also enables start/stop engine functionality and improved exhaust after treatment.
“We are at the forefront of the clean automotive sector by designing and manufacturing industry leading solutions which benefit vehicle owners and operators by reducing the overall cost of ownership and reducing impact on the environment.”
AVID’s new 48V Mild Hybrid System replaces several key engine ancillary systems with an integrated 48V system powered by energy recovered during braking. The system also provides electrical torque assist to the engine during low speed operation. This reduces parasitic loads on the engine, allows the operating temperature to be optimised and significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The whole system uses a compact and low cost lithium battery to provide energy storage.
The system also addresses some of the major operational issues associated with running heavy vehicles such as buses and earth moving machinery. For example, breakdowns due to overheating, excessive time spent on system cooling maintenance and vehicle fires which are caused and accelerated by leaking fan drive hydraulic systems and low temperature operating cycles on heavy diesel engines.
AVID is currently in discussion with a number of heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers seeking to adopt the technology to enable them to offer cost effective mild hybrid electric variants of their vehicles and the technology can also be used to make conventional battery electric vehicles more efficient.
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