In this paper a new strategy for controlling the power flow in hybrid electric vehicles is described. The strategy focuses in the planetary gear system where kinematic and dynamic constraints must be satisfied. The aim is to satisfy driver demands and to reduce fuel consumption. The resultant power flow control is continuous and uses the internal combustion engine with the maximum possible efficiency. The strategy is not optimal, although it is inspired by the solution to most optimization problems. The main advantages are that the computational cost is low, when compared to optimization based approaches, and that it is easy to tune. The strategy is tested with simulations using a mathematical model of a power train of a hybrid diesel-electric bus subjected to the power demands of representative urban area driving cycles. Simulation results indicate that the strategy achieves small speed tracking errors and attains good fuel consumption reduction levels.

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