Ultracapacitor Makers Look to Micro-Hybrid Vehicles for Growth

By [email protected] Ultracapacitor makers are looking to vehicle electrification as a way to increase sales, targeting the so-called “micro-hybrid” market rather than plug-in electric vehicles.

Manufacturers such as Maxwell Technologies and CAP-XX believe ultracaps could help carmakers overcome several shortcomings of battery-only micro-hybrids, which are internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles equipped with stop-start and kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS).

Micro-hybrids are growing in popularity because they can achieve fuel savings of up to around 25 percent compared to ICE-only models.

Stop-start systems, which shut the engine off when the vehicle stops, can account for up to about 10 percent of the savings. A KERS

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