Published on July 22nd, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


Hyundai and Kia Hybrids Get More Efficient with This Tech

Hyundai and Kia hybrids will be seeing a significant jump in efficiency soon thanks to Active Shift Control (ASC) technology. Hyundai Motor Group just announced the development of ASC last week. What it does is optimise transmission efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second and adjusting the transmission rotation speed for faster shift times.

With this technology embedded in the Hybrid Control Unit, gear shift time can be reduced by as much as 30%. Gear change smoothness is also improved, as well as shift times. Typical shifts take 500ms, but with ASC, this is cut down to 350ms. What’s more, the durability of the transmission is improved.

The first vehicle that will get ASC is the all-new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

For the full story, check out the press release below.


Hyundai Motor Group has developed the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology. The innovation optimizes transmission efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second, precisely adjusting the transmission rotation speed to for faster shift times. The new technology will premiere in the upcoming Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and eventually benefit other upcoming Hyundai and Kia hybrids.

ASC applies new control logic software to the Hybrid Control Unit (HCU), which then controls the electric motor to align the rotational speeds of the engine and transmission to reduce gear shift time by 30%. The technology also delivers smoother gear changes despite quicker shift times.

Innovation: Independently Developed Control Logic Software Applied to the Electric Motor

Conventional hybrid vehicles do not have torque converters in order to further improve fuel economy as torque converters lose energy during the process of transmission. Although fuel efficient, such a system also requires longer shift times to ensure smoother gear changes. 

ASC technology allows the hybrid’s electric motor to also take control of gear shifts by applying new software logic to the Hybrid Control Unit (HCU) to mitigate issues with slower shift time. The HCU monitors the rotational speed of transmission with a sensor installed inside the electric motor at 500 times per second to quickly synchronize the rotational speed with that of engine.

With the synchronization, shift time is reduced by 30% from 500ms to 350ms. This not only improves hybrid vehicle’s acceleration performance and fuel economy, but also durability of the transmission by minimizing friction during gear shift.

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