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Vehicle Level Control Analysis for Voltec Powertrain

Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Lemont, IL 60439-4815, USA
School of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, 25-2 Suwon-si, Seoul 03063, Korea
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2018, 9(2), 29;
Received: 2 May 2018 / Revised: 3 July 2018 / Accepted: 20 July 2018 / Published: 2 August 2018
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The next generation of the Volt vehicle with the new “Voltec” extended-range propulsion system was introduced into the market in 2016. The second-generation Volt’s powertrain architecture provides five modes of operation, including two electric vehicle operations and three extended-range operations. Vehicle testing was performed on a chassis dynamometer set within a thermal chamber at the Advanced Powertrain Research Facility at Argonne National Laboratory. The study first focused on assessing the improvement of the new Voltec system by comparing the system efficiency with the previous system. Second, control behavior and performance were analyzed under normal ambient temperature to understand the supervisory control strategy on the Voltec system based on the test data. The analysis focused on the engine on/off strategy, powertrain operation mode, energy management, and engine operating conditions. Third, test data from the control analysis were used to summarize the vehicle control logic. View Full-Text
Keywords: extended-range propulsion system; PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle); Voltec; simulation extended-range propulsion system; PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle); Voltec; simulation

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Kim, N.; Choi, S.; Jeong, J.; Vijayagopal, R.; Stutenberg, K.; Rousseau, A. Vehicle Level Control Analysis for Voltec Powertrain. World Electr. Veh. J. 2018, 9, 29.

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