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Integrated Hydraulic Hybrid Dana Powertrain

Posted on February 20, 2013

Dana will be introducing the Spicer PowerBoost at Bauma 2013, a new line of integrated hydraulic hybrid powertrain concepts for off-highway applications. The Spicer PowerBoost operates by capturing kinetic energy otherwise wasted throughout the drivetrain and working hydraulics. The recovered energy is then used to help power the vehicle.

According to test results at Dana, the Spicer PowerBoost system can reduce fuel consumption by 20 to 40%, depending on application and vehicle’s duty cycle.

The core of the Spicer PowerBoost is an advanced energy management system designed to evaluate the levels of power needed in the entire vehicle system and determine the most efficient means of operation. Hydrostatic energy is captured in an accumulator from the powertrain during low-power operation of the engine and recuperated during braking and working functions.

Spicer PowerBoost solutions are targeted toward applications with frequent, intense bursts of acceleration, deceleration, lifting, and lowering during cyclic maneuvering that support the recuperation of working and braking energy. In this type of applications the system also has the potential to allow for downsizing the vehicle's engine.

 See Dana in Hall A4, Booth 314.