While many won't admit it, there are many out there that are wary about the jump to electrified driving.
It's understandable; the technology is new to our market and can be daunting for the casual motorist. Will I have to change my driving? Will I need to charge? What about maintenance? These questions, and many more, are just some of the concerns in the minds of motorists.
But there is another way to experience and enjoy the benefits of driving something with electric assistance, and that's to try out a 48-volt mild-hybrid like the Geely Azkarra. It's a simpler approach to electrified driving; like dipping your toes into a swimming pool before diving, this will show you what to expect from electrified vehicles.
So what makes the Azkarra 48V EMS different from full electric or hybrid vehicles in the market? Let's show you how.
1. Simplify the complicated
Hybrids and electric vehicles tend to be very complicated to explain to a casual driver. Terminology like ChaDeMo, fuel cell, PHEV, lithium-ion, series hybrid, parallel hybrid can be daunting to many of us. That's very understandable; there are so many types and sub-types, and the jargon will need significant Googling.
The system in the Azkarra Luxury is much simpler: it's a mild hybrid that uses a 48-volt battery system in the back and electric motor that is also the alternator and starter. That's it. There are fancier terms, but that is the gist of it.
The Azkarra doesn't use any complicated charging methods that require a special plug, nor does it need to be loaded up with any kind of gas or liquid-like hydrogen. Basically, the Azkarra 48V EMS charges itself as you drive, and gives you the benefits of the hybrid experience without the complexity, without worrying about range, and without the worry of having to fix expensive and special batteries.
2. Low consumption, fewer emissions
The key benefit of the Azkarra's 48-volt mild hybrid is that it allows the engine to relax under certain driving conditions. The 48V EMS can let the engine shut off and take a break under coasting, reducing the fuel consumption over a long drive.
The 48-volt EMS system can also turn off the engine when you're stopped in traffic. When you want to get going, the system will quickly restart the engine so you can get going as quickly as possible.
That means less consumption, meaning you won't be gassing up as frequently as you would with a vehicle without 48V EMS, and you'll also be driving something with reduced vehicle emissions.
3. More power means more fun
But it's not just about saving fuel, the Geely Azkarra's mild-hybrid system will also give you a boost when your right foot demands it.
Normally, the 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine in the Azkarra delivers 177 PS and 255 Nm of torque; already good figures for the compact and efficient engine. But the 48V EMS bumps up the total system output to 190 PS and 300 Nm of torque, and that means a more enjoyable drive.
You'll feel this extra power from the mild-hybrid system when you're overtaking on the highway or when you're going uphill. And the best part is the electric boost is practically recycled as the Azkarra can recapture energy from the braking system. That's what we call guilt-free driving fun.
4. Comfortably functional
The great thing about the Azkarra is that it makes hybrid ownership a very practical and comfortably premium proposition.
The Azkarra gives you the practicality of a crossover, meaning you have plenty of space for the family and the ride height you need in most situations. And despite being a hybrid, the battery system doesn't take up any space in the back, giving you the maximum room for cargo. Other hybrids tend to have bulky battery systems that take up a lot of space.
When it comes to connectivity, this Geely has one of the most advanced multimedia systems on the market, and the touchscreen is one of the biggest too at 12.3-inches. That's something you'll enjoy along with the premium Nappa leather, the automatic climate control system, the electric power steering system, the panoramic moonroof, wireless charging, the digital display, and many, many more.
This may be a hybrid, but there are zero sacrifices for comfort and practicality. Oh, and you have a 4WD system too when the road ahead gets slippery.
5. Green but subtle
But the best thing about the Geely Azkarra Luxury 48V EMS is that it's green, but doesn't scream it.
Many hybrids and EVs outwardly look like a futuristic vehicle, but the Azkarra keeps its composure. The expanding cosmos grille, the premium LED illumination system, the clean lines, muscular haunches, and large 18-inch wheels all combine to deliver a proper crossover SUV with a modern mild hybrid system.
Yes, the Azkarra is a proper SUV with green credentials that you can enjoy every day without attracting unwanted attention.
The 2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury 48V EMS is your logical and hassle-free first step into the new realm of electrified motoring.
To know more, you can visit Geely's flagship dealership in North EDSA. The 2020 Azkarra Luxury 48V EMS retails for PhP 1,598,000.