Georgia Tech's FutureTruck Split-Parallel Hybrid SUV Design 2003-01-1270
The Georgia Tech FutureTruck Team has designed a strong parallel split-hybrid powertrain for the model year 2002 Ford Explorer SUV. The modified powertrain uses a Lincoln LS 3.0L, V-6, DOHC, aluminum engine driving the rear axle. An AC-150 from AC Propulsion is coupled to the front wheels through a 3.75:1 Auburn Gear speed reducer. This split-hybrid structure fits well into the Explorer and is to manufacture. The interior cabin has been maintained in a stock configuration by carefully integrating the added instrumentation and electric drive controls into the dash and console. The toque-blending hybrid electric control is designed to be charge sustaining such that the refueling procedures match those of the stock vehicle. When fully operational, this powertrain is expected to yield a net 25% increase in fuel efficiency while lowering emissions without any sacrifice in customer acceptability.