Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia Motors Corporation unveiled a hybrid version of the Optima sedan at the show in Los Angeles. It opens to the public tomorrow, and today is the day for journalists. So far the car has been developed for the U.S. market. Sales will begin next year. Optima Hybrid operates with a parallel system through which accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 9.2 seconds and top speed is 195 km / h.
The model is equipped with 2.4-liter gasoline engine combined with a small electric motor. Power unit with an internal combustion driven front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission without a traditional torque converter.
Between the two engines mounted a special connector that allows the gasoline engine to be interrupted by the wall so that the car is moving in the regime of zero emissions. The configuration of the entire system does not require a large electric motor and generator, so they saved weight by weight of Optima, and this reduces her price
At speeds above 100 km / h hybrid starter-generator activates petrol power plant.
During full-speed electric motor acts as an auxiliary motor. When the vehicle stops for more than a few seconds, the combustion engine switches off automatically. When braking the electric motor converts kinetic energy into electrical energy that builds up in batteries. They developed in close collaboration with LG Chem. With up to 30% lighter than nickel-metal-hybrid and occupy 40% less space than them. Charge reserve for 25% longer. There is no need to change the package of batteries Optima, because his life is ten years or 240 thousand km.
The motor has an output of 40.7 hp and torque of 205 Nm between 0-1400 rpm, a petrol engine with 166 hp respectively and 209 Nm. In combined mode the system is capable of producing 209 hp and 265 Nm.

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