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    • Mercedes-AMG exploring the idea of electric turbos (superchargers) to assist smaller motors and add range

      This is not a new idea as Audi already has an electric turbo drivetrain and it will see production on the 2016 Q7 TDI model. Mercedes-AMG is exploring the idea of a compressor turned by electricity for its smaller displacement motors and to offset turbo lag.


      Steffen Jastrow who heads compact car development at Mercedes-AMG stated, “Of course we need more power for the next-generation of cars, but electrification does not mean we have to use an electric drivetrain. They have to be faster and e-turbos are an option. We use them in motorsport, but the technology has to be payable [affordable] for the customer.”

      What he is saying is that to meet AMG performance needs while keeping things clean and efficient an electric compressor could provide a performance boost. They do not have to go to a completely electric drivetrain.

      Why everyone keeps calling these things electric turbos instead of electric superchargers is another question entirely. Regardless, this is just in the initial exploratory phase at this time but we will likely see some type of electric boost come in the future to AMG models and AMG has been playing around with electric drivetrains for a while now.

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