Suzuki self-charging hybrids | New Release - Car News Dec 2019

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13:54 Monday 16 Dec 2019

Suzuki are to introduce new powertrain options this coming Spring, including three 48-volt Self-Charging Hybrid models.

The launch of the new hybrid system coincides with the introduction of Suzuki’s new K14D Boosterjet petrol engine, and will premiere on the Swift Sport, Vitara, and S-Cross models.  Suzuki claim it will cut CO2 emissions by 20%, and increase torque and fuel economy, when it replaces the current 1.4-litre Boosterjet manual models.

The system consists of a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, an Integrated Starter Generator, and a 48V-12V converter which powers components requiring lower voltage such as lights, audio and air conditioning.  The belt-driven Integrated Starter Generator acts as both a generator and a starter motor, assisting the petrol engine during vehicle take off.  The compact, high-performance lithium-ion battery stores electrical energy recovered from deceleration and braking, and also has an idle stop function.  The hybrid system uses motor idling when the clutch is disengaged and the engine speed is approximately 1,000rpm, effectively replacing fuel injection with power from the electric motor to control and maintain engine idling at vehicle speeds below 10mph and when stationary, cutting fuel consumption.

The new models are planned for launch in March 2020.

 

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