Innovative high-performance electronics saves fuel – and wins over the ADAC

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Innovative high-performance electronics saves fuel – and wins over the ADAC
For the second time, Continental has been cited with the “Yellow Angel” ADAC mobility prize. The “E-booster” high-performance technology for start-stop system earned the international automotive supplier a third prize in the “Innovation and Environment” category. As ADAC President Peter Meyer noted: “No other prize reflects so broadly the great diversity of development currently underway for better mobility.” Awarded for the eighth time this year, the “Yellow Angel” is regarded as one of the most important citations in the automotive branch. Continental obtained this prize already back in 2009. The citation back then honored advanced development work on the lithium-ion battery.
This year, the Continental E-booster scored as one of the most efficient technologies for reducing fuel consumption – and thus pollutant emissions as well. Also referred to as micro-hybrids, start-stop systems increase mileage by up to fifteen percent in city driving. Systems using a starter-generator work especially fast and comfortable. The starter-generator combines light machine and starter in one component. In this way, diesel engines in particular can be jump-started (into idle) much faster – virtually without any vibration and noise.

The additional energy accumulator from Continental ensures that the vehicle electric grid can is always capable of making electric power available at lightning-fast speed. And that is important because more and more comfort applications have an increasingly high electric power requirement. That means that even if an especially large amount of energy is needed to start the vehicle, running the navigation system, the A/C unit and the radio, for example, will still present no problem. Dr. Carsten Götte, range manager for electric grid stabilization in Continental’s Powertrain division remarks: “In this new in-vehicle technology for storing electric energy, supercapacitors come to the assistance of the conventional battery. In just a few seconds, the batteries are fully recharged. That makes it possible to take advantage of extremely short stop phases to shut off the combustion engine.”

Continental is currently the sole manufacturer of this type of system.

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