|The NewBeetle diesel series hybrid. Click to enlarge.|
TNO Automotive recently signed a Letter of Intent with LML Korea Co, Ltd. regarding the granting to LML of an exclusive licence to use the TNO-developed series hybrid powertrain control strategy for a number of specific applications.
LML Korea is now using the TNO Hybrid CarLab—a diesel series hybrid NewBeetle with 150 kW of drive power and fuel consumption of 4.0-4.5 liters/100km (52-59 mpg US)—as a demonstrator. The Hybrid CarLab finished second in the 2005 Monte Carlo Rally for hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.
The NewBeetle hybrid demonstrator uses an aluminum, 3-cylinder, 40 kW (54 hp) diesel genset that powers the 150 kW peak (50 kW continuous) front-wheel drive. Supercapacitors (3,500 F, 200-400V) provide energy storage. The TNO Hybrid Control system, based on TNO MACS controller hardware, manages the generator set and the hybrid system.
LML Korea Several has defined and is developing several possible applications for the hybrid technology. Current LML Korea activities include:
Marketing and production of the Wankel Rotary engine KKM 500 in Korea.
Marketing and assembly of the Rhino ATV in Asia.
Execution of a renewable energy project in Indonesia’s Molluccan province.
TNO is an independent Dutch R&D organization that provides contract research and specialist consultancy as well as licenses for patents and specialist software.
(A hat-tip to Peter!)