Powertrain Architecture and Controls Integration for GM's Hybrid Full-Size Pickup Truck 2003-01-0085
General Motors plans to introduce a hybrid version of its popular light-duty full-size (Silverado/Sierra) pickup truck. Primary emphasis of the hybrid propulsion system for this truck is on maximizing fuel savings at minimum cost and without sacrificing performance or driveability. The hybrid powertrain features a novel, compact method of integrating an electric motor/generator between the largely unchanged engine and transmission. Extensive energy analysis and several unique control strategies are being used to meet the vehicle's performance, driveability, and emissions objectives. This paper will focus mainly on the powertrain integration and on powertrain controls for the hybrid propulsion system.