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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 mdpi.com as a courtesy and upon agreement with AVERE.
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Winning Approach: Selection Criteria for Competitive Battery Powered Racing Vehicles

KillaJoule-KillaCycle Racing Team, P.O. Box 1243, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80034, USA
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2016, 8(1), 160-171; https://doi.org/10.3390/wevj8010160
Published: 25 March 2016
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This paper presents a systematic approach for optimal selection of race discipline and race format to develop a battery powered racing vehicle that is competitive with internal combustion vehicles. The main limitation for battery powered vehicles is the mass of the battery that grows directly with race duration, and the break-even point is currently around 10 minutes. However, battery powered vehicles have other advantages such as indifference to altitude, superior traction control, and moldability of the drivetrain for aerodynamic advantage or for optimal weight distribution, making them highly competitive in certain disciplines such as land speed racing and hill climb.
Keywords: BEV; demonstration; off-road; promotion; vehicle performance BEV; demonstration; off-road; promotion; vehicle performance
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Håkansson, E.; Dubé, B. Winning Approach: Selection Criteria for Competitive Battery Powered Racing Vehicles. World Electr. Veh. J. 2016, 8, 160-171.

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