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, Volume 80, Issue 10, pp 6–7 | Cite as

The Smart Combination of Electric Motors and Combustion Engines

  • Andreas BurkertEmail author
80 Years of MTZ

For a long time many car manufacturers refused to make use of the intelligent combination of a combustion engine and an electric motor to power their vehicles. Only Toyota identified the benefits early on and demonstrated how efficient a power-split hybrid drive can be. But German carmakers are now catching up and producing hybrid models with a 48-V drive system and a peak power output of up to 30 kW.

If battery powered vehicles had ever been in the position to combine a long range with a reasonable charging time, the classic combustion engine would not have had a chance. But developers of electric cars have not yet found a satisfactory solution to the problem of the amount of energy available in a traction battery. The engineer Ferdinand Porsche wrestled with the shortcomings of the system as long ago as 1900 and produced the Semper Vivus, the world's first hybrid car. It is important to know that the electric motors on the front wheels of the car were supported by single-cylinder...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MünchenGermany

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