almost two years Ago, in early October of 2014, Kia presented at the motor show of Paris your bet green with a prototype called the Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept. This car was the vehicle of the brand in south korea more striking in that event, and not by aesthetics, but by its mechanical property.
The Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept combined the already known diesel engine CRDi 1,700 cubic centimeters with an electric motor, that received the energy through a battery of lead-carbon to 48 Volts. As in the hybrids that are currently on the market, it was able to move only with the electric motor when the power demand was reduced.
The project was going forward, in fact, still continues, but in the brand already have not so clear that it is profitable to launch a diesel hybrid. The restrictions in many european cities, and the hardness of the regulations anti-pollution that every time they hit more and more strong engines cycle diesel, could be the reasons why Kia put aside his idea. To the above, in addition, we must add the high cost end that would have a product as well.
Albert Biermann, one of the heads of development of the brand, he stated to the media Bus that it is difficult to justify a large financial investment in a diesel engine that would need several touch-ups even if you take the 1.7 CRDi. In addition, the electric motors and all system batteries are not cheap precisely, for what they are doing doubt.
on the other hand, Biermann reminded that they have a gasoline engine Atkinson cycle, so the investment in the electrical part would not have lost, and be able to use the techniques learned and the work done on it. This engine Atkinson, Biermann makes reference, is that the trademark is already used in the new Kia Niro, which we tested on a touchdown a few weeks ago.
Source – Coach