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International Journal of Powertrains
International Journal of Powertrains


Special issue on: "Design, Modelling, Optimisation and Control of Electric Propulsion Systems"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Aldo Sorniotti, University of Surrey, UK
Prof. Giorgio Rizzoni and Dr. Simona Onori, The Ohio State University, USA

The presence of electric propulsion systems in passenger and commercial vehicles is rapidly increasing with the commercial introduction of plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles (PHEVs and BEVs) to supplement the already robust presence of hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs). The subsystems already in use in HEVs (batteries, electric machines, power converters and mechanical transmissions) will see different duty cycles as a consequence of the all-electric range characteristics of PHEVs and BEVs.

A significant variety of hardware layouts is possible for electric propulsion systems, such as:

    a) configurations with a central motor drive, a single-speed or a multiple-speed transmission, a differential and half-shafts;
    b) configurations with two central electric motor drives, connected to the wheels through an unconventional mechanical transmission system, a differential and half-shafts;
    c) configurations with individual motor drives, either located in-wheel or on-board.

Moreover, the range of solutions is increased by the possibility of adopting vehicle architectures with central or distributed (e.g. one for each electric powertrain) energy storage units, either formed by a battery or the combination of a battery and a supercapacitor. Finally, the axles of the same vehicle can be equipped with a combination of the architectures in a)-c).

This special issue focuses on research areas of electric propulsion systems specifically for use in vehicles that are intended to operate in all-electric mode (see Subject Coverage).

Subject Coverage
Research areas of electric propulsion systems specifically for use in vehicles that are intended to operate in all-electric mode include but are not limited to:
  • Design of the hardware components
  • Dynamics of the system and its components
  • Modelling and control
  • Concurrent multi-objective optimisation of hardware and control system
  • Performance evaluation

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission of papers: 30 June, 2012 (extended)