Volvo "Flybrid" KERS System Promises to Reduce Fuel Consumption by 25%
March 26, 2014 9:21 AM
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Volvo testing a prototype of the KERS system right now
exotic race cars have been using a KERS system
to store and then release power back to the driver in certain instances as a sort of “boost” function. KERS technology is now starting to come to the street and
Volvo has a working prototype using the tech
However, Volvo isn't using the tech just to improve performance; it is using the tech to improve fuel efficiency. According to the automaker, KERS can reduce fuel consumption as much as 25 percent. In addition to improving fuel economy, Volvo says that the KERS tech can also reduce production costs compared to traditional hybrid systems.
Prototype Volvo S60 with Flybrid KERS system
Volvo has test fitted what it calls a “Flybrid” KERS to the rear axle of a S60 to assist the gas engine that drives the front wheels of the car. It captures kinetic energy typically lost from braking and sends it to the flyweel. 150 watt hours of energy can be captured in only 8 seconds, and the energy can be stored for up to 30 minutes or used immediately.
The KERS system – which spins its flywheel at a maximum of 60,000 rpm in a true vacuum and can deliver 80hp -- can be used to knock 1.5 seconds off the car's 0-60 time or in an economy mode to reduce pollution.
The entire system only weighs about 130 pounds, which makes it much lighter than a traditional electric motor and NiMH/Li-ion battery packs used in hybrid vehicles. For example, the batteries alone used in Volvo's current hybrids weigh 660 pounds.
Flybrid KERS (Kinetic Recovery System)
The prototype KERS systems won’t reach production in its current form. A production version of the system will see a similar flywheel and transmission attached to a front wheel drive-based transmission.
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RE: Interesting tech
3/27/2014 7:23:20 AM
While the regulations allowed it, none of the teams in Formula 1 actually used the flywheel method, they all ended up going with a battery. You can only assume that they felt it was the better solution and compromise of size, weight, eventual power output, quickness in development, etc. The Williams team even developed a flywheel system and then made collaborations with some car manufacturers to put it in real cars but still continued to go with the battery in the races. Even though it sounds good on paper, it makes me think there must be something that is not so good about it.
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