Modular Hybrid Drives with Manual Transmissions
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Manual transmissions combine the advantages of lower weight and cost as well as higher efficiency compared with all other light vehicle transmission types. However, the concept of a manually shifted transmission needs to be adapted to new requirements. Magna's hybrid manual transmission concept offers specific advantages for small and mid-size powertrains as a cost-efficient option to create mild hybrid variants on the base of a 48-V electric system.
Why invest into Manual Transmissions?
Listening to conferences or reading publications, the manual transmission is marked for extinction. Hybrid drive concepts - which will become inevitable to comply with stricter CO2legislation - are easier to design and develop by excluding human intervention in the combined function of internal combustion engine and secondary power unit, resulting in a preference to use automatic transmissions as base. Also, manual transmissions are not compatible with most driver assistance technologies like...