One of the toughest parts of developing hybrid systems for passenger vehicles is efficiency. The less resistance there is from the aerodynamics of the car and the drivetrain, the further the car will travel on a tank of gas. One area where energy is often sucked up before it’s used to drive the car is the transmission.
In a bold press release from Hyundai, the automaker declares it has been working on that problem and has developed the world’s first Active Shift Control Transmission for hybrid cars. According to Hyundai, the in-house developed technology improves gear-shift efficiency overall and shift times by 30%. That’s a particularly bold claim when you consider how automatic and paddle-shift gearboxes have only been getting incrementally faster over the years. Reading through the specifications and looking at the technology though, it does look like Hyundai could be onto something.