Kubota Engine America Debuts V3307 Micro-Hybrid Engine System
BY AsphaltPro Staff
Kubota Engine America (KEA), a subsidiary of Kubota Corporation, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, debuted the V3307 Micro-Hybrid system prototype at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. The system is designed to provide power assistance instantly during peak overloads.
“We believe equipment manufacturers will gradually become less reliant upon any single power source and the engines themselves will need to further push the boundaries in areas of fuel efficiency, power density and adaptability,” Mr. Tomokazu Matsushita of Kubota Engine America said.
Designed for applications that demand an immediate response to instantaneous peak overloads within the typical machine duty cycle, the power assist V3307 Micro-Hybrid system supports the engine by delivering an additional electrical power boost of up to 10kW. The instant available torque offers an efficiency boost at the most crucial time, while recuperating and recharging its battery pack when not initiated.
The system integration pairs with the electronic engine management control, making it compatible with many of Kubota’s diesel, gasoline, LPG and natural gas engines across the power ranges. With an independent driveline, the Micro-Hybrid system maintains accessibility to the existing power take-off positions of a conventional engine.
“We’re seeing great results with this engine. For example, a 3-cylinder engine, equipped with a Micro-Hybrid system can achieve similar levels of performance as a conventional 4-cylinder engine, while avoiding the necessity to overcompensate by installing a larger capacity engine,” Matsushita said. “Working in partnership with the engine, the Micro-Hybrid system allows for reduced fuel consumption and lower operational costs, while offering an increase in work efficiency and value.”
For more information, visit the Kubota Engine website.