Title: Optimal selection of an electric drive system for a series hybrid vehicle using analytic hierarchy process

Authors: H. Amirian; M.K. Ebrahimi; B.A. Mason

Addresses: TUV SUD Canada, 1229 Ringwell Drive, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8T8, Canada ' School of Engineering, Design and Technology, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP, UK ' School of Engineering, Design and Technology, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP, UK

Abstract: Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are built using advanced technology to reduce exhaust emissions and increase fuel economy, which are the main objectives of the automotive industry today. Motors/controllers are the most fundamental components, especially in a series configuration, to produce and control the drive force for the hybrid vehicles. This paper presents a method of selecting the optimal drive motor/controller for a series hybrid vehicles, based on the requirements. This paper provides an overview of electric drive motors/controllers and analytic hierarchy process. ADVISOR is utilised to simulate the hybrid vehicle performance, employing different categories of AC motors/controllers in the powertrain. The analytic hierarchy process is then implemented with consideration given to several performance criteria for the comparable motors/controllers of the series hybrid vehicle. Results show a typical permanent magnet motor/controller has a better performance compared to induction motors/controllers.

Keywords: series HEVs; hybrid electric vehicles; drive motor selection; optimisation; controller selection; ADVISOR; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; hybrid vehicles; performance criteria; permanent magnet motors; induction motors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEHV.2012.053026

International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, 2012 Vol.4 No.4, pp.327 - 343

Received: 02 Oct 2012
Accepted: 30 Jan 2013

Published online: 02 Apr 2013 *

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