Invented by Honda, the term refers to the addition of electric propulsion to a vehicle with internal combustion (gasoline or diesel), with electric power levels lower than those deployed in “full hybrid” sedans – such as the Toyota Prius – but higher than the electrification allowed by the traditional 12 V battery.
Three components are required: an electric motor with an inverter, a 48V/12V voltage converter and, of course, a 48V battery. The motor-generator recovers the energy lost during braking, which is stored in the additional battery for backup electric propulsion.
The Mild Hybrid meets a major challenge for car manufacturers: compliance with CO2 emission regulations, and in particular the 95 g imposed since 2020 in Europe. It is also for them (and for consumers) the best compromise between cost and consumption, as the lithium batteries used in “full hybrid” vehicles are still too expensive for some vehicle segments.
Size: 390 mm
Weight: 30 kg
Transmissible power: 125/155 HP
Energy: Gasoline, diesel and electric
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