Continental AG to Showcase a Low-Voltage 48V Full-Hybrid Solution

Continental AG to Showcase a Low-Voltage 48V Full-Hybrid Solution

Author: Manish Kharinta   

The Ford Motor Co recently caused some excitement in the automotive industry when it confirmed a partnership with Volkswagen to develop new electric vehicle models. 

Leading German automotive component supplier Continental AG also announced that it will use Ford's Focus hatchback to showcase its all-new 48V full-hybrid technology. The debut will take place at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside other EV solutions from Continental.

So far, low-voltage systems were limited to mild hybridization technology, which could only enhance the car's acceleration and could not offer low-voltage hybrid propulsion.

In a press release, Continental explained that until now, full hybridization was only achievable in systems with voltages up to 800V. Continental claims that it has managed to solve this problem by incorporating stronger water-cooled electric motor, which produces 40 horsepower alone.

This new hybrid system will be installed in a P2 arrangement, where the electric motor is positioned between the gearbox and the internal combustion engine. Continental claims that in this position the new hybrid system will be capable of driving the car on electricity alone at speeds of up to 56 mph (90 km/h). 

Citing the advantages of its low voltage hybrid system, Continental said that the new hybridization technology will be more cost-effective than the current framework. 

Continental's 8-volt high-power electric motor has a peak output of 30 kW.

The current full-hybrid systems are made up of parts which are more expensive due to their high voltage setups than those used by Continental for its new hybrid technology. 

Another advantage of Continental's new system is that it can be easily installed in any vehicle.

The 48V hybrid system is also quite versatile and requires a comparatively smaller battery pack, unlike current conventional hybrid systems. This means that electric vehicle manufacturers will be able to use Continental's system to develop low-cost PHEVs by merely pairing the unit to a larger battery pack.

Continental also has plan to unveil an electric axle drive technology at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The axle is made up of a compact module which houses a small electric motor, transmission, power electronics and motor controls. The unit weighs just 80 kilograms (176 lbs). 

Continental said that this new electric axle drive will be 20 kgs lighter than current units, and will be used by European and Chinese automakers.

Manish Kharinta
Manish Kharinta
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites, and His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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