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    GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Full article: http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/08...hybrid-system/


    The second generation BAS system will evolve to provide significantly more power assist and recapture a lot more kinetic energy. To that end, the current nickel metal hydride battery will be supplanted by a lithium ion battery to provide significantly more energy capacity in an even smaller package. The alternator-starter will be able to provide more power which will allow the use of a smaller, more efficient engine while maintaining performance. The smaller battery will also allow the system to be packaged in far more vehicles where it can be offered as an option.

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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    they really should just make this standard on every vehicle, ditch the hybrid name and just use that for the two-modes.
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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Maybe it will be paired with the 1.8l/140hp engine from the Astra? With DI?

    Smaller engines usually have less torque at low RPMs which would be offset by the larger electric motor.

    Whatever the config, its needed because the current system does not provide enough gains to be compelling.

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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Quote Originally Posted by chakis24
    they really should just make this standard on every vehicle, ditch the hybrid name and just use that for the two-modes.
    It would be nice to see it standard, at least start on higher volume models. Higher production would help bring down the costs more quickly.
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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Quote Originally Posted by chakis24
    they really should just make this standard on every vehicle, ditch the hybrid name and just use that for the two-modes.
    I think they are headed in this direction. The BAS system adds less than $2000 to the retail price of a car. Over the next year or two, GM should get the actual cost of the sytem down to less than a $1000. This would make adding it to the Aveo or Cobalt more feasible.

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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Quote Originally Posted by chakis24
    they really should just make this standard on every vehicle, ditch the hybrid name and just use that for the two-modes.
    No Kidding! I will imagine in the future this will happen.
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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Quote Originally Posted by chakis24
    they really should just make this standard on every vehicle, ditch the hybrid name and just use that for the two-modes.
    Agreed. It's a great idea, but ditch the "hybrid" name. It just opens up the door for criticism. It's a great fuel saving feature, but it's not a hybrid per se.
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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Quote Originally Posted by chakis24
    they really should just make this standard on every vehicle

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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Quote Originally Posted by chakis24
    they really should just make this standard on every vehicle, ditch the hybrid name and just use that for the two-modes.
    Absolutely. Plus, I've always thought my Aura Green Line could use just a bit more "hybridness"- a little extra assist, and even a little bit more economy. I wouldn't go any smaller on the engine (for that size car anyway), and in fact, Direct Injection wouldn't hurt things either.

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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Quote Originally Posted by chakis24
    they really should just make this standard on every vehicle, ditch the hybrid name and just use that for the two-modes.

    Same for AFM : make it standard on all pushrods engines. AFM and BAS are simple and efficient ways to improve fuel economy.

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    I didn't know the first-gen was for sale yet! Guess it's a good thing they're working fast on making this good system even better!
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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    I agree the Hybrid name should go, how about AFM-Plus or AFM+. It should be available on all makes and engines.
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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Today's "hybrid" is tomorrow's "Electronic Fuel Injection" emblem or "DOHC" sticker on the side of a car from the late 80's. I like the idea of making more of the Mild Hybrid tech standard equipment.

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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    I wonder if GM will produce it in a joint-venture with another automaker like the 1st gen mild-hybrid with DCX and BMW?

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    Re: GM developing 2nd gen mild hybrid system

    Cool, I'm glad to see GM working on technologies like this. I think it's very clear to see now that GM's commitment to hybrids and plug in technology is very real.

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