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An Innovative Powertrain Architecture and Optimal Energy Management for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Funding: 2010: $60,000
2011: $50,000
2012: $50,000

Project Member(s): Zhu, J.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2010

Summary: This project aims to develop a novel powertrain architecture and energy management strategies for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It focuses on the development of integral system specifications, optimal energy management methods, a specific automatic transmission and maximal use of regenerative braking. It explores new approaches for controlling clutches and motor input to improve vehicles driveability and gear shift quality. The research intends to develop frontier technologies and new methods for designing vehicles that consume minimal energy, produce far less air pollution and are cost effective in use. The technology will enhance the local automobile industry s competitive edge - a significant contribution to the nation s economy.


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Keywords: plug in hybrid electric vehicle; vehicle powertrain; vehicle transmission; multi body system dynamics; regenerative braking;

FOR Codes: Automotive Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Automotive equipment, Conservation and efficiency, Transport, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Management of Gaseous Waste from Energy Activities (excl. Greenhouse Gases), Energy Conservation and Efficiency in Transport, Electrical energy storage, Transport energy efficiency