At the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, this week, supplier Siemens VDO is displaying a Mercedes C230 modified with a hybrid powertrain. The system uses two electric motors with one of them mounted on the front of the engine to provide stop-start capability and regenerative braking. The second motor replaces the torque converter between the 1.8L gas engine and the automatic transmission to drive the car. Siemens estimates that the system can reduce the fuel consumption of the Mercedes by twenty percent. The car is also equipped with lithium ion batteries.
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