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Hyundai Motor announced a new motor-integrated six-speed automatic transmission for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) at the company’s annual International Powertrain Conference in Namyang, South Korea. The new six-speed automatic transmission will be fitted to future Hyundai hybrids, including the new Sonata.
Almost all of the hybrid powertrain components are contained within the transmission, minimizing energy losses and increasing fuel economy. A new traction motor and electric oil pump (EOP) have been fitted, while the torque converter has been removed completely. A lighter torsion damper, and new engine clutch, which features fewer clutch discs, reduce drag and contribute to a more efficient transfer and use of power, the company says.
The most significant change is within the oil pump system. The new transmission with the new oil pump system improves fuel efficiency by removing the mechanical oil pump (MOP) causing hydraulic losses and by applying a new electric oil pump (EOP) which automatically optimizes the system according to all driving conditions.
With fewer components, the new transmission weighs 130 kg (287 lbs) (wet), making it lighter than its previous version, yet still delivers 280 N·m (207 lb-ft) of torque.
SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. (SIMI) and ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (better known as “Ola Cabs” or “Ola”) announced a definitive agreement under which SIMI will lead an investment of $210 million in Ola along with existing investors. Ola, founded in 2011, has grown to become the leading transportation aggregator in India. Ola leverages its technology platform to provide a marketplace connecting consumers and drivers via mobile apps, the web and call centers.
Ola’s app now hosts more than 33,000 vehicles across 19 major cities in India. Through this strategic investment and partnership with Ola, SIMI aims to further expand the SoftBank Group’s presence in India and drive synergies with its network of Internet companies around the world.
Since SoftBank’s foundation, our mission has been to contribute to people’s lives through the Information Revolution. We believe India is at a turning point in its development and have confidence that India will grow strongly over the next decade. As part of this belief, we intend to deploy significant capital in India over the next few years to support development of the market.—Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank Corp.
Ola was founded in January 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati and is India’s leading mobile application for cab booking, integrating city transportation for customers and drivers onto a technology platform.
Customers can access Ola through their mobile application for Android, iOS and Windows. Ola is also the most popular mobile app for cab booking on the Android store currently. Customers can book from over 33,000 cabs on the Ola app, now available in 19 cities: Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Pune, Goa, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Indore, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Surat, Vishakhapatnam and soon in Nashik, Nagpur and Coimbatore.
Later today at the Detroit Economic Club, General Motors CEO Mary Barra will confirm that its Warren Transmission Plant will build the new electric drive unit—the GM Voltec 4ET50 Multi-Mode EDU—for the upcoming second-generation Chevrolet Volt. As a result, most major Volt powertrain components—from the battery cells to the new 1.5-liter range-extending engine—will be made in Michigan, establishing the state as the company’s global engineering center of excellence for vehicle electrification. The new Volt will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2015.
The drive unit for the first-generation Volt consists of two motors—a 111 kW main traction and 63 kW (at 4800 rpm) generator motor (55 kW generator output)—as well as three clutches and a planetary gear set tucked in the end of the traction motor that improve overall efficiency by reducing the combined rotational speed of the electric motors as needed. (Earlier post.) GM will subsequently be providing details of the second-generation drive unit.
Barra will also announce capital investments of nearly $300 million in Michigan between now and the end of the year. The Detroit News reported that Warren Transmission will receive $240 million of that. GM has invested approximately $1.82 billion in capital in projects dedicated specifically to vehicle electrification since 2009, including:
GM’s Brownstown Township facility is the country’s first high-volume lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing site operated by a major automaker.
The Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR are assembled at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.
GM’s Flint Engine Operations will build the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder range extender for the Volt. The unit is part of an all-new engine family.
Warren Transmission will build the GM Voltec 4ET50 Multi-Mode Electric Drive Unit, which allows the Volt to drive in pure electric or extended range electric mode.
Battery cells for the Volt and ELR are produced by LG Chem in Holland, Mich., and the Volt’s vehicle’s electric motors will also be made in the United States. LG Chem will be supplying cells for the second-generation Volt as well.
Within the first year of production, about 70% of the Volt’s parts will be made in the United States or Canada, which GM believes is the most for a plug-in or conventional hybrid.
We must provide the breakthrough technology that our customers want. Our investments in the Chevy Volt and Michigan signify our commitment to lead the industry in technology and innovation.—Mary Barra
GM has sold 69,092 units of the Volt in the US since launch in late 2010. After a relatively fast ramp-up to 23,461 units in 2012 followed by a slight drop to 23,094 units in 2013, Volt sales have slumped for the first nine months of this year relative to 2013 performance. (By contrast, sales of the Nissan LEAF for the first nine months of this year are outperforming its 2013 results over the same period.)
GM says that since the Volt was launched in 2010, Volt owners driving in pure electric mode have helped reduce gasoline consumption by more than 25 million gallons. Based on a GM study of more than 300 2011-2012 model year Volts in service in California, many owners exceed the EPA-rated label of 35 miles (56 km) of EV range per full charge, with about 15% surpassing 40 miles (64 km) of range.
Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive more than 970 miles (1,561 km) between fill-ups and refuel less than once a month. The 2014 Volt provides owners with EPA-estimated fuel economy of 98 MPGe (electric) and 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway on gasoline power.
Nearly 70 percent of Volt buyers are new to GM. The Toyota Prius is the most frequently traded-in vehicle for a Volt.
And despite the results so far for this year, GM points out that Volt is currently the most successful plug-in electric vehicle in the United States; LEAF’s cumulative sales total 63,944 units.
Sainsbury's has announced that it will open a new 'SmartFuel' station at its Hendon store later this year, joining a growing network of fuelling stations for hydrogen-powered fleets in London.
Telogis has received an equity investment from GM Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of General Motors. The investment extends the existing partnership between General Motors and Telogis that was formed earlier this year to take advantage of GM’s OnStar connected vehicle infrastructure to bring Telogis’ telematics and fleet management solutions to GM customers. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
We are always looking for innovative companies that we can partner with to take GM and transportation technology to the next level. Telogis’ history with us and their understanding of the power of OnStar connectivity made this a natural fit This investment brings together the strengths of both companies to deliver software technology that improves the productivity and capability of customers that operate GM vehicle fleets and use the Telogis suite of routing, mobile resource and fleet management software.—Jon Lauckner, president, GM Ventures
Combined with the GM Ventures investment, Telogis and GM are also announcing the availability of the Telogis Fleet for GM solution. Telogis has worked with the GM team to deliver built-in intelligence solutions and services to commercial GM customers on model year 2011 and newer vehicles equipped with OnStar hardware. No additional hardware is required to activate Telogis Fleet services.
The Telogis platform benefits customers by providing information about GM vehicles relating to vehicle health, utilization, location, driver behavior and other data. Telogis Fleet for GM also enables unique GM features including remote door lock/unlock, remote engine start and horn, oil life remaining and more.