An electrically-assisted turbocharging system from Audi will head to production in 2016.
According to a recent report from Autocar, the 2016 Audi SQ7 will incorporate electric turbo technology, which has been used in two of the German automaker’s concept cars: Audi A6 TDI concept and RS 5 TDI-e. The system will make its production debut in the SQ7, which will arrive after the standard next-generation Q7 that is due next year.
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Currently, the company is testing two different systems in its concept cars with the A6 TDI using an electrically driven supercharger with a single turbo while the RS 5 TDI boasts a series sequential twin-turbo system with a large and small turbocharger. In both cases, the electric charger is arranged last in line to help boost directly into the intake manifold, while an intercooler can be found before the conventional turbochargers.
Both concepts depend on a high power 48-volt electrical system to drive the 7-kW motor of the electric charger.
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