Continental supplying 48-volt belt starter generator with integrated power electronics for Audi A8

By mmillikin Continental is supplying the 48V belt-starter generator with integrated power electronics that is at the heart of the mild-hybrid (MHEV) system that is standard on Audi’s new A8. (Earlier post.)

The system replaces a conventional starter pinion and is driven by a belt connected to the engine crankshaft. Together with a lithium-ion battery the belt-starter generator forms the heart of the electrified drivetrain.

With a starter output of eight kilowatts and peak transient torque of up to 60 N·m, the asynchronous motor developed by Continental achieves new benchmarks. It has a continuous power rating in generator mode of up to 5 kW,

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