Daimler is currently working on a new hybrid vehicle engine that the company calls a transmission-integrated electric engine. As the name suggests, the setup puts the electric engine (motor) into the automatic transmission.
According to Daimler, the setup is good to power levels of more than 15 kilowatts and the integrated setup could boost performance of the company’s hybrid vehicles while also reducing fuel consumption. By containing the vast majority of the hybrid powertrain components within the transmission, the system could be utilized across vehicle platforms with relative ease.
The automaker will invest $56 million into its Berlin factory to convert a portion of the plant to work on development and production of the transmission-integrated electric engine for future Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicles. Follow the jump for more information.
Daimler working on new transmission-integrated electric motor for hybrid vehicles originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.