Hybrid Vehicle Technologies
Warren T. Jones, Ph.D., P.E.
This course provides
an overview of technologies that are currently used or have potential for use
in hybrid vehicles. In many ways the current interest in alternatives to the
dominant single energy source gasoline engine is déjà vu. A sketch
of the early history of automotive power trains is outlined with reasons why
the gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) won this early race for dominance.
Because of the enormous challenge of changing the supporting infrastructure
for a completely different technology, the race this time is beginning with
many transition forms consisting of the ICE in combination with non-polluting
power generating systems. The wide varieties of hybrid system storage, power
and fuel systems for power trains that are emerging are reviewed. The remarkable
prospect of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology that would provide vehicle owner
income in return for quick service high value electric services is discussed.
Software simulation packages that can be used for design support and performance
analysis as well as government initiatives are also discussed. References are
given for those who wish to carry out more in-depth study.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
This course is
intended for all engineers.
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TABLE OF CONTENT
Module #1: Definition
and Motivation for Development
Module #2: The Old Idea of Hybrids
Module #3: Hybrid Electric Design Concepts
Module #4: Alternate Power Sources
Module #5: Alternate Energy Sources
Module #6: Plugin Hybrid and V2G Technologies
Module #7: Software Tools for Hybrid Vehicle Design, Evaluation and Impact
Module #8: U.S. Government Initiatives
This course presents
an introduction to storage, power and fuel systems that have potential or are
currently being used in hybrid electric vehicles. The development of this type
vehicle is being driven by the need for independence from foreign oil and a
reduction of polluting emissions from the current dominant gasoline internal
combustion engine. Computer simulation packages for design and performance evaluation
as well as government initiatives for stimulating hybrid car development are
also discussed. In addition, emerging ideas of plugin vehicle-to-grid (V2G)
technologies which could provide income for the vehicle owners as well as a
flexible distributed resource for utility companies are presented.