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article imageElectric turbo vehicles could solve speed problems

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 12, 2014 in Technology
New technology may see electric vehicles gaining a similar boost of speed to their older counterparts. By using an "electric turbo" system drivers allegedly can get both the speed they want and still be environmentally conscious.
Lack of acceleration has been a constant point of criticism for those opposing electric cars. Simply not having the same speed as some similar cars has likely hurt sales. We saw this happen several years ago but since then the market has rebounded. Now a new technology seeks to bring the speed customers want to the market.
According to reports from Autoblog Canada several companies, including Audi, are looking into the system. Journalists in that same report claim that the system has worked efficiently in recent demonstrations as well.
So how does the system itself work? Systems in vehicles such as the RS 5 and A6 have a system which activates a burst of electric energy which helps save fuel and speeds the car up. We had not seen this before because it just used too much energy. Now Audi engineers have created a system which uses a manageable 145 amps. Now that they have gotten this to work with less energy they are deploying it commercially.
Developments in this area are one of several projects meant to cut down on "turbo lag." Drivers coined this term to describe clunky shifts when a car moves into a "turbo" level of speed. If the system proves useful for regular drivers Tesla Motors could see increased competition from Audi. Ford also has a similar EcoBoost system which is also heating up competition.
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