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Design and Simulation of a Powertrain System for a Fuel Cell Extended Range Electric Golf Car

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University Institute for Automobile Research (INSIA), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), 28031 Madrid, Spain
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Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingeniería e Industrias, Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (UTE), Quito 170508, Ecuador
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Energies 2018, 11(7), 1766; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11071766
Received: 4 June 2018 / Revised: 28 June 2018 / Accepted: 30 June 2018 / Published: 5 July 2018
This article analyses the energy behaviour of an electric golf car as the penultimate step to developing a fuel cell electric light-duty vehicle. The configuration used is that of an extended range electric vehicle with a fuel cell (FCEREV). The system includes two energy storage sources to drive the powertrain: the first consists of using energy stored in a lead-acid battery pack and the second consists of hydrogen stored in metal hydrides and its use is based on a 200 W polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) type fuel cell. The type of system also allows charging the vehicle by connecting it to the electrical grid. The aim of the proposed design is to extend the autonomy of the golf car allowing it to make several trips in one day without having to charge it by connecting it to the electrical grid, considering the large amount of time this would take. The analysis of the performance has been set based on the current regulation and is therefore within the range for these types of vehicles. This arrangement extends autonomy by 38% as opposed to the pure EV electrical mode, which allows for making at least two more trips with a hydrogen tank filled with 0.085 kg H2. View Full-Text
Keywords: PEM fuel cell; golf car; extended range electric vehicle; automotive simulation; hydrogen PEM fuel cell; golf car; extended range electric vehicle; automotive simulation; hydrogen
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Grijalva, E.R.; López Martínez, J.M.; Flores, M.N.; Del Pozo, V. Design and Simulation of a Powertrain System for a Fuel Cell Extended Range Electric Golf Car. Energies 2018, 11, 1766. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11071766

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Grijalva ER, López Martínez JM, Flores MN, Del Pozo V. Design and Simulation of a Powertrain System for a Fuel Cell Extended Range Electric Golf Car. Energies. 2018; 11(7):1766. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11071766

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Grijalva, Edwin R.; López Martínez, José M.; Flores, M. N.; Del Pozo, Víctor. 2018. "Design and Simulation of a Powertrain System for a Fuel Cell Extended Range Electric Golf Car" Energies 11, no. 7: 1766. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11071766

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