Title: Improving 0-60 mph launching performance of a series hybrid vehicle

Authors: Marc Compere; Patrick Currier; Derek Bonderczuk; Matthew Nelson; Hasnaa Khalifi

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA

Abstract: This paper presents a launching performance comparison between three hybrid electric control strategies under maximum acceleration conditions. The result demonstrates viability of the electric launch control approach and is the first known implementation of launch control in a series hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). Experimental data is presented that shows a 0.49 s reduction in initial vehicle motion (IVM) to 60 mph time in the same vehicle and conditions with only the new launching control method engaged. Performance improvements were achieved by using the engine-generator to pre-charge the HV bus which increased bus voltage throughout the test. This novel method generated an IVM-60 mph time of 9.85 s which is 4% faster than the baseline 10.25 s. Test data with electrical and mechanical power system results are presented. Shaft power and energy estimates from the traction motor are evaluated and compared.

Keywords: series hybrid vehicles; electric final drive; launch control; high voltage bus; bus voltage drop; maximum acceleration; initial vehicle motion; IVM-60 mph; 0-60 mph time; hybrid electric vehicles; HEVs; shaft power; energy estimates; traction motor.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVP.2016.078558

International Journal of Vehicle Performance, 2016 Vol.2 No.3, pp.228 - 252

Received: 01 Aug 2015
Accepted: 17 Mar 2016

Published online: 17 Aug 2016 *

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