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World Electric Vehicle Journal is published by MDPI from Volume 9 issue 1 (2018). Articles in this Issue were published by The World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA) and its member the European Association for e-Mobility (AVERE), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), and the Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific (EVAAP). They are hosted by MDPI on as a courtesy and upon agreement with AVERE.
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Design of a Hybrid Power Plant for City Buses

University of L’Aquila, Faculty of Engineering, Monteluco di Roio, 67100 L’Aquila (Italy)
World Electr. Veh. J. 2007, 1(1), 68-72;
Published: 28 December 2007
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This paper presents a preliminary system design for a no-emission hybrid power plant for city buses working in a “dense grid” transportation network with short, regular stop spacing.
The vehicle is driven by two electric motors powered by a hybrid unit composed of a fuel cell and flywheel energy storage system that takes into account the characteristics of urban routes.
The advantages and disadvantages of flywheel technology on board a vehicle are examined and discussed and an in-depth study of the proposed hybrid architecture was performed by analyzing and measuring the main power components for a small sized city bus with a 15 passenger capacity.
Keywords: Buses; Public Transport; Fuel Cell vehicles; Flywheel Buses; Public Transport; Fuel Cell vehicles; Flywheel
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

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D'Ovidio, G. Design of a Hybrid Power Plant for City Buses. World Electr. Veh. J. 2007, 1, 68-72.

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