Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hybrid Technology in Honda Civic IMA

Honda Civic IMA Hybrid

The Civic Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) Hybrid System is based on an electric motor mounted between the engine and the transmission. This motor assists with extra torque which considerably reduces the vehicle’s pollution levels.

The Civic Hybrid Technology recovers and transforms the energy that is lost during deceleration and braking. This technology stores the electric power in order to assist the engine when electric power is required.

Vista del motor del Honda Civic IMA seccionado
It should be noted that the engine uses two ignition coils per cylinder, as well as the variable distribution system VTEC.

The electric motor works at 158V 3-phase AC, and it is used to start the engine and also as a generator that charges the battery. That is to say, the electric motor acts as a starter motor and an alternator.

The 158V battery is formed by 20 modules of 6 cells, each one connected in series. Each cells voltage is 1.32V.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Technological advances in the automotive sector are going at breakneck speed

Recently there has been news of successful tests, for the first time in Spain, of a PSA Group vehicle driving autonomously (but without dispensing with the driver) over the nearly 600 km of motorway and highway separating the Group’s two factories on the peninsula at Vigo and Madrid.

This pilot test was conducted on 23 November 2015. To that end, a few days beforehand, the DGT had to establish a framework for carrying out tests on vehicles with autonomous driving on open traffic routes.

A few months before, the French constructor had already carried a test with this same vehicle, driving the distance separating Paris and Bordeaux . 
They are not the only ones working on autonomous vehicle systems. We remember the Google car and also Nissan with its Nissan Leaf Intelligent Driving which undertook tests in Tokyo Bay.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Speed Sensor Failure in Renault Vehicles

Today we are going to describe a failure that affects several Renault models, in particular a failure related to the speed sensor connector (TDC).

The affected models are the following:
Clio, Clio II, Clio III
Megane, Megane II
Scénic, Scénic II
Laguna, Laguna II
Espace, Espace IV
Vel Satis

Fitted with the following engines:
F8Q, F9Q

The symptoms that are produced in this incidence are as follows:
Engine does not start
Engine does not accelerate smoothly
Engine does not run smoothly at low engine speed
Engine stalls
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