Continental’s all-new modular HEV/PHEV electrified drivetrain... A better mousetrap? Carcus – CleanMPG – December 12, 2019 Cost-effective and compact hybrid transmission solution with integrated electric motors. The Continental Vitesco Technologies cost-effective PHEV prototype offers the driver the same standard of comfortable driving and shifting that until now has been associated with plug-in hybrids equipped with a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission. And yet a DHT transmission with Vitesco technology has only four mechanical gears and has no mechanical synchromesh systems, auxiliary hydraulics or start clutch. Moving off (in 1st and 2nd gear) and reversing are handled by the electric drive motor, while synchronization is performed by a starter-alternator that also provides fast and smooth starting of the internal combustion engine. The reassignment of functions makes it possible to reduce the number of mechanical components in the transmission, which also saves space, weight and costs. This makes the DHT a natural choice for front transverse mounting in compact segment vehicles, where installation space is always a challenge. Combined with a low-cost port-injection gas engine and all-electric-capable electric drive, DHT technology clears the way for affordable, economical and comfortable vehicles capable of performing a wide range of daily trips in all-electric mode, with zero local emissions. The DHT for cost-effective PHEVs is designed for speeds of up to 74 mph in all-electric mode, and up to 99 mph in hybrid mode. This new PHEV solution draws on Vitesco Technologies’ wide-ranging systems expertise in powertrain design and electric drive technology. Quiet shifting offered by the DHT despite its simple dog-clutch design is based on the dynamic capability of the electric motors and control technology. DHT technology offers inroads to a lower cost PHEV platform and is another step towards systematic electrification. BTW, Continental Automotive was involved with the production of the GM Volt -- so maybe they've been studying the big cheese long enough to come up with a better mouse trap?