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Kia Puts Lead-Carbon T-Hybrid on World Stage
Kia Motors recently stirred some attention at the 2014 Paris Auto Show when it displayed its Optima T-Hybrid (turbo-hybrid) concept vehicle, which utilizes a 48-volt lead-carbon battery. The car’s diesel-electric mild-hybrid powertrain, which was based on the LC SuperHybrid concept and introduced earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, is the first of its kind to be demonstrated by a major automaker.

The 48V lead-carbon battery powers the 15-hp electric motor and electric supercharger in support of the vehicle’s 1.7-litre turbo-diesel engine. The system not only provides enhanced performance and increased torque, but also can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption at minimal cost.

Parent company Hyundai Motors introduced a similar version under their brand, the i40 48V Hybrid, which also utilizes a lead-carbon battery but without the electric supercharger. The automakers selected the lead-carbon battery over a lithium battery because of its excellent power-to-cost ratio, rapid charging capability, and high levels of durability, in addition to the fact that it requires no active cooling system and is highly recyclable (99%).

While no plans have been confirmed yet for mass production, the lead-carbon diesel-electric hybrid powertrain may be under consideration for the next generation of vehicles from both Hyundai and Kia.

LC SuperHybrid Wins BEEA Green Product of the Year
The LC SuperHybrid technology developed by the ALABC and Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) was recently awarded the Green Product of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs). The judges said that the low-voltage hybrid technology provided an affordable transportation solution while promising substantial reductions in CO2 emissions.

The technology of the LC SuperHybrid program represents the culmination of almost 15 years of research by CPT into switched‐reluctance motors, and more than two decades of research and development by the ALABC – leading to the breakthrough of advanced lead‐carbon batteries suitable for the high rate partial state of‐charge (HRPSoC) requirements of hybrid vehicles.

Doe Run Showcases ALABC NGHV at Missouri S&T
Long-time ALABC member The Doe Run Company recently brought the ALABC’s Natural Gas Hybrid Vehicle (NGHV) to the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) campus to educate mechanical, electrical and automotive engineering students about the benefits of advanced lead-carbon technology in a natural gas-based HEV. With the help of representatives of Doe Run and Electric Applications Incorporated (who manage the vehicle), professors and students were able to get a hands-on demonstration of the Dodge RAM 1500 HFE natural gas hybrid truck and preview the technology that was the result of collaboration between several ALABC companies and leaders in the natural gas industry.

"We are excited to show Missouri S&T students how battery innovations paired with new natural gas technologies can transform the automotive industry," said Lou Magdits, Director of Raw Materials at Doe Run’s Resource Recycling facility. "We know that a continued focus on cost-effective, environmentally friendly vehicles will drive the future of automotive manufacturing, so this demonstration will provide a unique learning opportunity for the next generation of engineers."

Click here to read the full press release from Doe Run.

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