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Volvo Develops Hybrid KERS Flywheel

Fitted on a Volvo S60, fuel economy improved 25 percent,while performance improved to that comparable to a turbocharged V6 engine.

Published: 28-Apr-2013

Two years ago we reported that Volvo were testing a clever hybrid Flywheel KERS system for road cars and hoped it would prove to be a good way to make road cars more economical. And it seems it does.

The Hybrid Flywheel KERS system Volvo has developed weighs only 6kg, has a diameter of just 20cm, is made of carbon fibre, sits in a vacuum and is located on the back axle and works by recovering energy under braking which is then stored for use when the car moves off.

After braking to a halt, the KERS Flywheel kicks in as the driver sets off, giving instant torque and making for a swift take-off before the engine, which has been stopped as the Flywheel kicks in, restarts to continue the journey.

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