Area Hybrid addresses the use of hybrid systems in non-automotive powertrains. In non-automotive powertrains the hybrid approach is less advanced than in the automotive division. In most of these applications like hand-held power-tools, powersport products or construction machinery there is virtually no hybrid propulsion or hybrid system on the market. The reasons for that are manifold, mainly costs, complexity, weight or insufficient potential. However, the well-known drivers for further development make the usage of hybrid solutions mandatory for the project-addressed niche applications.
Hybrid solutions are, beside zero CO2 fuels, a technology to bring down greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from combustion engine driven powertrains by improving their efficiency and by the partly use of electric energy. They also contribute to reduction of pollutant emissions of such powertrains, mainly by improving their operation during challenging load conditions. Hybrid solutions are state-of-the-art in passenger cars (PC) where most of the GHG reduction potential seems to be already taped. The increasing spread of PC hybrid powertrains is partly promoted by a controversial legal regulation about the CO2 impact of grid electricity. Hybrid does not only denote drivetrains, but also other subsystems like the air management system, the aftertreatment system or the cooling system.
Specific research tasks are the investigation of hybrid range extender concepts for hand-held tools and personal mobility vehicles and the investigation of electrified powertrain parts and components for light transport vehicles.
Area H is structured in 3 sub-projects, each one corresponding with one field of application. projects