The demand for fuel efficient vehicles is on the rise with higher costs of gasoline and increasing environmental concerns. To address these issues, a hybrid vehicle with the capability of running on multiple power sources has been developed. A 2000 Audi TT was converted to an AC electric vehicle with range extended capabilities provided by a small internal combustion engine and a hydrogen PEM fuel cell stack. This allows the vehicle to bridge the gap between the current gasoline based economy and a possible hydrogen based economy in the future. Using the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standard city and highway driving tests, the vehicle has a theoretical increase in fuel economy from 20/29 miles per gallon (MPG) respectively to 230/173 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGGE).
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Development of a Proof-of-Concept Series-Hybrid Vehicle Utilizing Multiple Power Sources
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Strahs, P, Breziner, L, Weaver, J, Garant, C, Diloyan, G, Shaffer, K, & Hutapea, P. "Development of a Proof-of-Concept Series-Hybrid Vehicle Utilizing Multiple Power Sources." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 8th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology. ASME 2010 8th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference: Volume 2. Brooklyn, New York, USA. June 14–16, 2010. pp. 531-535. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FuelCell2010-33235
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