The time of electrification of vehicles has initiated. Looking at the adoption of electric charge to power vehicle by the automakers, it can be claimed that the days are nearby where we will soon witness recharging facilities and EVs all around us and with reduced emissions level too.
German automaker Audi has already made its effort to electrify its powertrain for its next-generation A8 sedan. The company affirmed that the upcoming car will be equipped with electrified powertrain as a standard feature. The car will have an integrated combustion engine with hybrid technology.
Moreover, Audi A8 will also be equipped with a 48-volt electrical system as a primary system. The mild hybrid drive engages two major components; first is the water-cooled 48-volt belt alternator starter. However, this mechanism is only mandatory for cold starts and limited only to new Audi A8. Second is the lithium-ion battery pack that is fitted in the luggage compartment, which is intended to act as energy accumulator for a mild hybrid electric vehicle. The battery holds charge carrier capacity of 10Ah.
The automaker also claims that its 4th-generation A8 can enter a noiseless coasting mode when the speed ranges between 55 to 160 km/h. Later, the car can cruise with zero emissions that last up to 40 seconds after which the engine switches off totally. In addition, the start and stop operation activates from the speed ranging from 22km/h.
The equipped powertrain management system in Audi A8 utilizes this equipment to conclude whether the A8 is in recovering or coasting mode. It not only recuperates energy from the brakes or while cruising but also follows the process if in case the car happens to pass too close from the preceding vehicle while coasting mode. This mechanism is beneficial in terms of comfort as well as at the fuelling station too. Another advantage in the A8 is, it reduces the figures of fuel consumption by 0.7 liters per 100 km and all credit goes to the mild hybrid drive system as well as at the fuelling station too. With the effective combination of an electric and traditional combustion engine, we can say that Audi has made an appreciable and efficient alteration in the power generation mechanism.
So, all the automobile enthusiast, stay tuned for more updates.