AD #2355 – Kia Introduces Diesel 48V Hybrid, Cadillac Adds a Bigger CUV To Its Lineup, Car Sales Up in Germany

May 16th, 2018 at 11:22am

Runtime: 6:23

0:27 Cadillac Adds a Bigger CUV To Its Lineup
0:52 Car Sales Up in Germany
1:25 EV Charger Breakthrough
2:43 Kia Introduces Sportage with Diesel 48V Hybrid
3:49 Nissan Drops Out of Australian V8 Supercars
4:16 Hot Wheels Celebrates 50th Anniversary
5:08 Ford Upgrades Its Backup Camera

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17 Comments to “AD #2355 – Kia Introduces Diesel 48V Hybrid, Cadillac Adds a Bigger CUV To Its Lineup, Car Sales Up in Germany”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Well those EV chargers can charge multiple vehicles and use only 1/6 of what it draws from the grid, however, this is just a battery buffer. If demand for charging does not allow the buffer to recharge (during a non-use timeframe), it will run out of buffer. There are no free electrons this system is creating.

  2. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Will the method used to charge the e/v battery effect the service life and discharge character of the battery? I have talked to people who claim the battery capacity and discharge seems to vary by the charging point they use. Love to know the real answer on this question.

  3. XA351GT Says:

    V8 Supercars maybe more like Ford vs. Chevy instead of Holden as there is a lot of speculation that the Camaro will be GM’s weapon of choice to go up against the Mustang . What I find odd is as far as I know there are no Camaros imported to Australia and there haven’t been any talks of doing so. The Mustang is being imported so that makes sense . The Camaro if it happens doesn’t .I know fans are not impressed with the Opel er I mean Holden Commodore either in showrooms or race tracks. A friend posted a video of one on display in a mall there leaking oil all over the floor . Not exactly a glowing endorsement of it’s quality.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Fred #2, don’t quote me on this but I believe that is the reason that they only charge to 80% (and an electric vehicle will say it’s empty when it discharges to 20%); to keep the battery in the best shape possible.

  5. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Chuck. I guess maybe what I wonder also do these batteries take on “memory” over time depending the method used to charge, the type of discharge before re-charging cycle. Does repetitive short charging cycles effect the battery life and power? And are there software settings to try and prevent any changes in the battery to maintain desired charge levels?

  6. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    I remember when I was a manager in a big box home center, the large reach trucks and order picker machines that used very large battery packs(several hundred pounds each) had some issues with life of pack depending on how it was used. Of course these batteries would be considered low tech compared to E/V car packs.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect very fast charging of batteries will substantially reduce service life, since it makes the batteries hot.

    As Chuck said, though, EV’s and hybrids use only the “middle” part of the charge/discharge cycle, because it makes the batteries last a lot longer. I fly electric R/C airplanes, and generally charge them full, and run them down to maybe 10%. If I’m lucky, the batteries last two years. That wouldn’t go over well for a $15K car battery.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 I checked the GM Australia web site, and yeah, they don’t “officially” sell Camaro there. I suspect Mustang is one of few North American cars sold in Australia, because it is one of few available as RHD.

    I’d think the V8 Supercars organization would allow Camaros to be raced, but they would generate little interest, kind of like racing of Peugeot 508′s probably wouldn’t be too popular in NASCAR.

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    So will this new charger be able to charge an EV to 100%? If so how long will that take?

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5, 6 NiCad batteries have “memory.” Other batteries do not, that I’m aware of.

    Different battery chemistries like being charged, and especially, stored, different ways. Lead-acid batteries do the best when fully charged, or nearly so. If you want to maximize the life of batteries in a golf cart, plug in the charger any time it is not being used.

    With LiIon batteries, it is best to “store” them at ~40% charge. If fully charged, and not used, they will “puff up,” and fail fairly quickly.

    The lifetime of any type of rechargeable battery is affected by the number of charge-discharge cycles. I’ve seen 1000 thrown around as the number of cycles LiIon batteries are good for, but it’s probably a lot better than that, for car batteries that are using only the “middle” 60-70% of the charge-discharge cycle.

  11. Max Says:

    The Kia 48V system sounds very similar to the new Ram system that is incorporating a 48V hybrid system:

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11. It’s also similar the the GM mild hybrids of 10-12 years ago.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Is it safe to assume that the Kia diesel mild hybrid is for everywhere, except the US?

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    #13 The mild hybrid systems just seem to be a way to supplement using an under-powered engine. Most everyone knows it takes far less HP to maintain even Hwy speed than the acceleration part. Hence the cylinder deactivation and the popularity of turbos..
    I’ve said it before but I think GM’s Volt was the ideal hybrid system with basically a EV with on-board generator and I would think a Diesel would be a better generator option. With the higher torque of a diesel and efficiency the fuel consumption would be less than gas

  15. Bob Wilson Says:

    In 2006 I had to explain why someone’s GM belt assisted hybrid would never get Prius mileage. They honestly believed their GM ‘hybrid’ should achieve Prius mileage because it was sold as a hybrid. These 48V systems are over promising performance and efficiency.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 48V mild hybrid systems are a good way to do stop/start, in not having a gear engaging the flywheel repeatedly, but they are very “mild” in their mpg improvement.

  17. KEVIN M Says: