Mercedes-AMG could be the next automaker to incorporate electric turbochargers in their vehicles.
The German automaker’s performance arm admits that electric turbochargers are a candidate to keep running costs down without impacting performance, but the technology has to be affordable to the consumer. Steffen Jastrow, Mercedes-AMG head of compact car development, acknowledged that “we need more power for the next-generation of cars, but electrification does not mean we have to use an electric drivetrain.”
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The company uses electric turbochargers in various forms of motorsports, as the technology helps reduce turbo lag compared to traditional turbochargers. As a result, electric turbos help improve fuel economy and are also more compact than a multi-stage turbocharger.
Mercedes-AMG currently uses the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine in the A45 AMG, CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG models with 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. It is likely that the powerplant will stay strong for the next few years, so don’t expect an AMG engine using electric turbochargers to surface until the next-generation A-Class model appears in 2017.
One of Mercedes-Benz’s main competitors, Audi, will be one of the first automakers to bring electric turbos to a production car with the all-new A8 next year.
[Source: Auto Express]
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