Cramlington-based Avid Technology, a leader in the design and manufacture of electrified power train and advanced thermal management systems for heavy-duty and high-performance electric and hybrid vehicles, has made further advances with its new 48V hybrid drive train solution.
Specifically designed to help reduce emissions and fuel consumption in larger vehicles such as trucks, buses and off-road machinery, AVID’s patent-pending 48V Mild Hybrid System can save businesses money while easing their environmental burden by reducing emissions and fuel-use.
At a time when air quality and evolving regulations are causing ongoing headaches for business owners, AVID’s 48V Mild Hybrid System has been developed to tackle today’s challenges to provide competitive advantage while limiting the operational carbon footprint.
With AVID’s expertise in the design, validation and manufacture of high integrity electronics and electric motors used in applications ranging from electric pumps and fans for high performance electric vehicle power trains, actuation and propulsion in robotics to primary traction drive motors in electric trucks, its expertise enables it to consistently find enhancement to aid efficiency.
Indeed, AVID’s capacity to support customer initiatives from prototype development to series production is demonstrated through an increasing global customer base of leading vehicle and machinery manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and heavy-duty fleet operators.
Its new 48V Mild Hybrid System, which uses a compact and low cost lithium battery to provide energy storage, replaces several key engine ancillary systems with an integrated 48V system powered by energy recovered during braking.
Parasitic loads on the engine are also reduced as a result of the system’s electrical torque assist during low speed operation. This aids the engine’s operating temperature, maintaining optimised levels, and greatly reduces duel consumption and harmful carbon emissions.
“We have developed the 48V System for heavy duty vehicles to cost effectively improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions through smart electrification of the power train,” said AVID Managing Director Ryan Maughan.
“Extensive testing shows our design provides outstanding fuel savings of up to 28% with a NOX reduction of 46% and a particulate reduction of 93% on a Euro 5 EEV diesel engine. This has the potential to be further improved as the system also enables start/stop engine functionality and improved exhaust after treatment.
“We are at the forefront of the clean automotive sector by designing and manufacturing industry leading solutions which benefit vehicle owners and operators by reducing the overall cost of ownership and reducing impact on the environment.”
The system also addresses other issues faced by operators of heavy duty vehicles such as breakdowns caused by overheating. AVID is currently in discussion with a number of vehicle manufacturers interested in making use of the new technology to either incorporate in new hybrid electric vehicles or implemented on in-use vehicles to make the current battery more efficient.