Overview of hybrid challenges

For those of you that like to know the details of what goes in to a hybrid vehicle, Assembly Magazine has a very thorough overview of many of the challenges involved in designing, building and marketing hybrid vehicles. The article describes in detail the expected market trends and the plans for hybrid vehicles from a variety of manufacturers. The article takes a look at all the additional components required for a hybrid powertrain, and the main engineering challenges in hybrid vehicle design. While in the past, various suppliers were responsible for different parts of a hybrid powertrain, some suppliers will be offering hybrid modules or hybrid transmissions, which integrate the electric motor, clutch, torsion damper, dual-mass flywheel and hydraulics into one system. The article goes on to describe the cost-cutting efforts that are currently underway and the challenges faced by manufacturers in the assembly process of hybrid vehicles.

[Source: Assembly Magazine]

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