Pneumatic regeneration system in an electric car

Hawkins, David and Qi, Ziming and Liang, Vivien (2010) Pneumatic regeneration system in an electric car. International Journal of Renewable Energy Vehicles, 1. pp. 14-18. ISSN 1179-5794

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Abstract / Summary

Electric vehicles are relatively commonplace but the typical range under battery power alone is under 100 miles per charge. Petrol/electric hybrid vehicles have an extended range, but are relatively expensive and complex in design. Air motor driven vehicles are used in some airport applications because of their low ignition risk. This paper reports trials which took place in New Zealand of a simplified air/electric hybrid vehicle which demonstrate the combination of power sources is both viable and advantageous in terms of the efficiency of energy recovery during braking over electro-magnetic approaches (used in the Prius car). A golf cart was modified with a compressor and standard air motors to function as a hybrid vehicle testbed., Dissemination of the work via subsequent conference papers and presentations has resulted in further work with vehicle manufacturers in southern China. In 2010 this air/electric hybrid was a unique vehicle configuration. Unconnected with the project but signifying the importance of this research, Renault has recently adopted a similar regeneration system in some hybrid vehicles. The concept, all research work, test vehicle equipment design and production, recording of results and analysis was carried out jointly by the authors.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 1179-5794
Subjects: Geography & Environment
Depositing User: David Hawkins
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 14:20
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2014 13:11
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/266

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