Kia Sportage Ecodynamics+ mild hybrid diesel confirmed for 2018

Kia 48V Mild Hybrid Diesel powertrain

The powertrain, dubbed EcoDynamics, will reduce Carbon dioxide emissions of the Sportage by aiding acceleration with electric power from its additional 48-volt battery, and using a mild-hybrid starter-generator (MHSG) unit to extend the time that the diesel engine is not under load.

Kia's mild-hybrid technology features a compact 0.46 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery and a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG).

The system makes its debut in the Sportage later this year but will later find a home in the all-new third-generation Kia Ceed and other Kia models from 2019. It can even deliver a "Moving Stop-Start" if there's enough charge in the battery. If adequate battery power, the internal combustion engine is automatically switched off and the auto moves on electric.

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. The latter is connected to the diesel engine's crankshaft by a belt, and under acceleration, it provides up to 10kW (14PS / 13hp) of extra power.

The 48V battery's DC/DC converter enables the new battery to connect to the vehicle's on-board power supply, leading to a significant reduction in the size of the 12V battery required to power the car's ancillary electronics.

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EcoDynamics+ can be used in petrol and diesel cars with front, rear or four-wheel drive, so it could appear in any future Kia model.

According to its creators the mild-hybrid technology offers advantages over full hybrid units, particularly in the performance generated for the cost.

The first auto that will receive this technology, are the Kia Sportage, which will be launched this year.

The company's plan is to launch 16 "advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025", including 5 EVs, 5 PHEVs and 5 hybrids, in addition to a new FCV in 2020.

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