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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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Supercapacitor Enhanced Battery Traction Systems – Concept Evaluation

Erasmushogeschool Brussel, IWT, Nijverheidskaai 170, B-1070 Anderlecht
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, IR-ETEC, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Elsene
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2008, 2(2), 120-133;
Published: 27 June 2008
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This review paper gives an overview of state-of-the-art technology regarding supercapacitors, briefly discusses the aspect of supercapacitor balancing and compares and assesses two system designs incorporating supercapacitors, batteries and in one case with an interconnected converter. Supercapacitors offer a high power density and long life cycle and could improve a battery-only setup subjected to peak loads. An electric kart test setup will be used to evaluate a simple direct parallel connection between the batteries and the supercapacitor bank. Measurements on a more advanced setup, incorporating an interconnected converter between the batteries and supercapacitors, will illustrate the effect of such an implementation compared to a plain parallel connected setup.
Keywords: Supercapacitors; Batteries; Converter; Peak Power; Power Management Supercapacitors; Batteries; Converter; Peak Power; Power Management
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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Van Mulders, F.; Timmermans, J.-M.; McCaffrey, Z.; Van Mierlo, J.; Van den Bossche, P. Supercapacitor Enhanced Battery Traction Systems – Concept Evaluation. World Electr. Veh. J. 2008, 2, 120-133.

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