Electrically Controlled Turbocharger
This development in turbocharger technology incorporates an electric motor into the turbo assembly. In essence, it provides a supercharger, driven by the electric motor, as an adjunct to the exhaust-driven turbocharger. Boost pressure can be created by the electric motor, the turbocharger, or both. The ECT effectively eliminates turbo lag because the electric motor provides much faster turbine response, and also provides boost when there is low energy from the exhaust flow. The motor is actuated by an electronic controller, which can be integrated with the engine control unit. When it is being spun by the turbocharger, the electric motor acts as generator, producing electricity.
- Enhanced vehicle drivability due to improved low-end torque
- Improved fuel efficiency
- Improved emissions
- Turbo lag eliminated
- Generates electricity
Electrically Controlled Clutch
This development in clutch technology is essential to operating a multi-module opoc™ engine. The clutch assembly is housed between two engine modules, and is engaged when both modules are running to deliver power from both modules through the drivetrain. When the power of the second module is not needed, the clutch is disengaged, allowing the second engine to stop completely. This not only improves fuel economy dramatically, it also eliminates parasitic power losses in the primary module.
- Dramatically increased fuel economy