25 Apr '13, 1pm

Volvo Cars’ tests of flywheel technology confirm fuel savings of up to 25%

Volvo Cars’ tests of flywheel technology confirm fuel savings of up to 25%

I have said it couple of times on this forum but I want to state it once more: We have to take flywheel technology (KHV, KERS) very seriously as a potential contender to all other hybrid systems, including HEVs! Theoretically the roundtrip from kinetic energy in the car via stored kinetic energy in the flywheel and back to the wheels and the car again, could be the highest of all hybrid options. Progress in the development of the IVT transmission has increased efficiency substantially, which could facilitate this. Low cost and weight are also important advantages. In addition, it is easy to envision that a downsized 4-cylinder engine with a slightly bigger KERS could replace a V8. With an acceleration of 5.5 seconds from 0 to 100, Volvo is already pretty close. Similarly, a 6-cylinder engine could be replaced with a small 3-cylinder engine. For those who absolutely want an...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/04/kers-20130425.html

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