Kia launches diesel turbo hybrid optima
Kia, the Korean automotive brand, introduced a diesel-electric turbo
hybrid version of it Optima luxury sedan, to the market recently.
Powered by the model's 1.7 litre CRDI turbo-diesel engine, and an
electric motor that runs on a 48V lead-carbon battery, the vehicle
features a zero-emission stop-start system, and can be driven in
electric-only mode at low speeds. "The concept car showcases the extent
to which Kia has developed hybrid technology," said Chief Operating
Officer, Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited, Andrew Perera.
"Although a right-hand drive version is not envisaged, Kia fans in
Sri Lanka will be enthusiastic about this development because it could
one day benefit other models," he said.
A new belt-driven starter generator replaces the conventional
alternator in the Optima diesel hybrid, meaning the engine can restart
with virtually no noise or vibration.
The system also allows an innovative electric supercharger for the
CRDI engine in addition to the conventional turbocharger, providing
improved power and torque at all engine speeds.