Kia officially announced that the Optima T-Hybrid Concept will be unveiled next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The new Optima Turbo-Hybrid uses 1.7-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine as well as a small electric motor that takes its energy from a 48V lead-carbon battery pack. Just like any other hybrid vehicle, Kia says that its Optima T-Hybrid Concept can be driven in the electric-only model at low speeds and when cruising.
What’s more interesting is that the vehicle features lead-carbon batteries instead of the popular lithium-ion batteries. Why? Because lead-carbon batteries do not require any active cooling and are easier to recycle.
Moreover, the South Korean manufacturer says that its hybrid system allows the installation of an innovative electric supercharger for the CRDi engine, in addition to the conventional turbocharger in order to boost torque and engine response.
There are no details regarding the fuel economy returned by the concept car but the carmaker expects a reduction in CO2 emissions and a power increase of up to 20 percent.
The 1.7-liter diesel engine is already used by the current Optima and delivers 136 hp, while CO2 emissions are 128 g/km when using the ISG stop-start and a manual transmission.
The press release says that there are no plans confirmed for a mass production of the Optima T-Hybrid but we suspect that the positive feedback from the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show will make Kia speed things up!