Why Maruti Suzuki's Smart Hybrid technology is a sensible choice
The oldest bit of wisdom is the most relevant in today's context - small things add up to make a big difference especially when striving to be more environmentally conscious. So, whether it's carpooling or switching off your car at traffic signals, it will eventually result in significant fuel savings over time. Another method (which our country's drivers are quite good at?) is by going as slow as possible so as to put the least load on the engine, thus further saving fuel.
Of course, some of these methods aren't very convenient, and not really at the cutting edge of engineering either! In comes the SmartHybrid technology from Maruti Suzuki which uses an electric motor to supplement the internal combustion engine in the interest of saving fuel and cutting emissions.
Maruti Suzuki cars that come equipped with the Smart Hybrid technology are accessible, thereby allowing everyone to make a difference and help the cause of a sustainable environment.
How it works
The Maruti Suzuki Smart Hybrid system is primarily made up of an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and a market-first dual-battery setup. It has automatic engine stop/start functionality when the vehicle is stationary. The belt-driven ISG replaces a conventional alternator which is used to start the car's engine. Additionally, the ISG also has a motor function that supplements the engine's power output, thereby reducing the overall load on the engine. The dual-battery setup allows the car's electronics and blower to function without interruption whilst also allowing for much quicker response in a wider array of situations.
- Torque Assist
Like we said, the ISG has a motor function that comes in handy under acceleration, contributing seamlessly to the output from the engine. With a helping hand, the engine is under lesser load whilst there's additional torque on tap as well. All this leads to enhanced driving performance and fuel savings in a Maruti Suzuki Smart Hybrid car.
- Automatic Stop/Start
This feature automatically shuts off the engine when the car is at a standstill and restarts it as soon as you are ready to move all this without any extra intervention! Since the ISG is belt-driven, the start-up is smooth, seamless, and silent. This, in turn, leads to fuel savings.
- Energy Regeneration
Usually seen in more expensive hybrids, the ISG converts energy from braking/deceleration back into stored energy in the dual-battery setup. This is then used for the torque assist and automatic stop/start function, meaning you never have to charge the system externally to get the benefits of it.
Smart Hybrid - The right choice
As far as Smart Hybrid by Maruti Suzuki goes, the benefits are clear and proven! The Maruti Suzuki Smart Hybrid system is available in Ciaz, Ertiga, Baleno, S-Cross and the XL6.
Learn more about the Smart Hybrid technology by visiting the official website.
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