Volkswagen will be showcasing its progress toward integrated, CO2-neutral mobility at the 40th International Vienna Motor Symposium. Of interest are a platform developed exclusively for electric vehicles and a 48-volt mild hybrid drive system for today. We’ll start with today. With the new mHEV system, Volkswagen is entering the next phase of the large-scale electrification of its fleet. Depending on driving style, it can save around 0.4 litres of fuel over 100 km and cut carbon emissions in the process, Wolfsburg claims. The 48-volt mHEV system is being combined with VW’s 1.5 litre TSI evo petrol engine, which currently powers the Golf and its group stablemates. This makes it a strong candidate to appear in the next-generation Mk8 Golf, which will surface later this year. The 48-volt system will join the conventional 12-volt vehicle electrical system, with a DC/DC converter as the link. The 48 volts power the belt-integrated starter generator (BSG), which is located where the alternator used to be in the auxiliary drive. It does two functions – recuperation and boost. During the former, which is brake energy recovery, the BSG acts an alternator that is able to absorb some of the vehicle’s kinetic energy. The recovered energy… Read full this story
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