19 Apr '11, 7pm

Hybrid Car Affordability Leaps Forward with P2 Technology | Hybrid ...: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid [HCTITLE] [HCDATE]...

Hybrid Car Affordability Leaps Forward with P2 Technology | Hybrid ...: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid [HCTITLE] [HCDATE]...

With a single motor, two clutches and a standard transmission, it turns out. Mostly escaping notice, a new crop of 2011 hybrids—including the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Infiniti M35 Hybrid —are using a second clutch to achieve the critical goal of separating operation of the gas engine and electric motor. Some existing hybrids already have a clutch to disconnect and reconnect the transmission from an engine and electric motor, which are integrated and bolted together. That’s Honda’s approach. Alternatively, using two electric motors and a special transmission, as Toyota and Ford do, achieves the same goal of freeing the electric motor from the engine—but at a higher cost.

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