Micro hybrid, then full hybrid, then plug-in hybrid?
Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and AVL have developed a new micro-hybrid drive they claim achieves a 25 percent increase in fuel economy at a far cheaper cost than full hybrid cars.
Time to micro-hybridize the entire US fleet?
According to GreenCarCongress, CPT and AVL have been working for the past 18 months to develop a value-driven micro/mild HEV solution, utilizing CPT’s production-ready VTES electric supercharger. This latest effort focused on “the potential of a VTES equipped downsized ELC-Hybrid vehicle in combination with the CPT SpeedStart Integrated Starter Generator and the VRLA UltraBattery.”
While this new micro-hybrid drive still needs further development, it does suggest interesting potential, particularly considering that CPT and AVL project that costs for this new micro-hybrid would be far less than a quarter of full hybrid vehicles, while achieving almost the same levels of fuel economy. Such numbers, it seems, would provide enough cost-effectiveness to easily mainstream this technology, especially if this technology can be applied to all vehicle types, particularly larger vehicles.
A very cost-effective 25 percent improvement in fuel economy? Isn't it almost criminal not to pick that kind of low hanging fruit?