Hyundai introducing new motor-integrated 6-speed transmission for hybrids
28 October 2014
Hyundai Motor announced a new motor-integrated six-speed automatic transmission for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) at the company’s annual International Powertrain Conference in Namyang, South Korea. The new six-speed automatic transmission will be fitted to future Hyundai hybrids, including the new Sonata.
Almost all of the hybrid powertrain components are contained within the transmission, minimizing energy losses and increasing fuel economy. A new traction motor and electric oil pump (EOP) have been fitted, while the torque converter has been removed completely. A lighter torsion damper, and new engine clutch, which features fewer clutch discs, reduce drag and contribute to a more efficient transfer and use of power, the company says.
The most significant change is within the oil pump system. The new transmission with the new oil pump system improves fuel efficiency by removing the mechanical oil pump (MOP) causing hydraulic losses and by applying a new electric oil pump (EOP) which automatically optimizes the system according to all driving conditions.
With fewer components, the new transmission weighs 130 kg (287 lbs) (wet), making it lighter than its previous version, yet still delivers 280 N·m (207 lb-ft) of torque.
Reading descriptions of hybrid drives, you start to think back to the Prius, I imagine that auto makers are worried about Toyota patents.
IMO once a company makes back their development expenses plus a reasonable profit, others can use the design. Patents should NOT be monopoly licenses.
Posted by: SJC | 28 October 2014 at 11:26 AM