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On-board Diagnostics for Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines, Hybrids, and Electric Vehicles

By Mark Stepper on Jul 2, 2020 7:49:18 AM

Executive Summary
Topics: Electric Vehicle Hybrid OBD
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Why are Electric Cars Moving Towards 48-Volt Electrical Systems

By Megan Verkamp on May 14, 2020 7:20:27 PM

How the Intro to Advanced Propulsion Systems course is addressing this real-world trend 
Topics: Electric Vehicle
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Improving H/Ev Motor Control Using Simulation in Labview

By Eric Neleigh on Sep 19, 2018 7:30:00 PM

How to evaluate H/EV technology to improve motor control using simulation in LabView One of the most integral elements of the Hybrid and Electrical Vehicle or H/EV is the control technology.  Due to these vehicles operating in a vast range of environments the motor will regularly switch through various loads. With that said, the most important issue is improving motor control efficiency while maintaining performance and avoiding damage. It’s wise to test control algorithms for motor control through simulation before applying power to any circuit.  Especially when working with hundreds of volts and/or hundreds of amps of current. A simple mistake in your control algorithm can damage components or even worse cause collateral damage. 
Topics: Electric Vehicle Test Systems
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A Cleaner Powertrain Design Driven by Stringent Emission Standards

By Megan Verkamp on Aug 28, 2018 7:46:00 PM

When Toyota launched the first Prius in 1997, many consumers probably didn’t imagine that just 20 short years later the electric- and hybrid-vehicle market would be accelerating faster than ever. With its launch in 2003, Tesla popularized the pure EV trend and has since been viewed as the catalyst transforming every major automotive OEM. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and fully-electric vehicles (EVs) or battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are taking over and continuing to improve year over year. According to the Electric Vehicle World Sales Database,“122,000 plug-in vehicles have been delivered in the first half of 2018, an increase of 37 percent compared to H1 of 2016. 53 percent were pure electric (BEV) and 47 percent were plug-in hybrids.” OEMs such as Chevrolet, Toyota, and Honda, and Nissan are joining Tesla to record unprecedented growth rates and volumes for electric vehicle sales.
Topics: Electric Vehicle
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Fuel Efficiency for Autonomous and Electric Vehicles

By Megan Verkamp on Nov 27, 2017 7:59:00 PM

Will Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Kill the Fuel Industry? Did you know the first electric vehicle was introduced more than 100 years ago? Today, electric vehicles are rising in popularity, and the development of the autonomous vehicle is partially responsible. One of the most publicized benefits of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is the decreased consumption of gasoline, leading to a reduction in demand for fossil fuels. Combined with stricter emissions regulations, the question is will these changes singlehandedly kill the fuel industry?
Topics: Electric Vehicle