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A Low NVH Range-Extender Application with a Small V-2 Engine - Based on a New Vibration Compensation System

The interest in electric propulsion of vehicles has increased in recent years and is being discussed extensively by experts as well as the public. Up to now the driving range and the utilization of pure electric vehicles are still limited in comparison to conventional vehicles due to the limited capacity and the long charging times of today's batteries. This is a challenge to customer acceptance of a pure electric vehicle, even for a city car application. A Range Extender concept could achieve the desired customer acceptance, but should not impact the “electric driving” experience, and should not cause further significant increases in the manufacturing and purchasing cost. The V2 engine concept presented in this paper is particularly suited to a low cost, modular vehicle concept. Advantages regarding packaging can be realized with the use of two generators in combination with the V2 engine.
Technical Paper

Comparison of Model Predictions with Temperature Data Sensed On-Board from the Li-ion Polymer Cells of an Electric Vehicle

One of the challenges faced when using Li-ion batteries in electric vehicles is to keep the cell temperatures below a given threshold. Mathematical modeling would indeed be an efficient tool to test virtually this requirement and accelerate the battery product lifecycle. Moreover, temperature predicting models could potentially be used on-board to decrease the limitations associated with sensor based temperature feedbacks. Accordingly, we present a complete modeling procedure which was used to calculate the cell temperatures during a given electric vehicle trip. The procedure includes a simple vehicle dynamics model, an equivalent circuit battery model, and a 3D finite element thermal model. Model parameters were identified from measurements taken during constant current and pulse current discharge tests. The cell temperatures corresponding to an actual electric vehicle trip were calculated and compared with measured values.
Technical Paper

Generic Control Software Architecture for Battery Management Systems

Electrification is a key enabler to reduce emissions levels and noise in commercial vehicles. With electrification, Batteries are being used in commercial hybrid vehicles like city buses and trucks for kinetic energy recovery, boosting and electric driving. A battery management system monitors and controls multiple components of a battery system like cells, relays, sensors, actuators and high voltage loads to optimize the performance of a battery system. This paper deals with the development of modular control architecture for battery management systems in commercial vehicles. The key technical challenges for software development in commercial vehicles are growing complexity, rising number of functional requirements, safety, variant diversity, software quality requirements and reduced development costs. Software architecture is critical to handle some of these challenges early in the development process.
Journal Article

Next-Generation Low-Voltage Power Nets Impacts of Advanced Stop/Start and Sailing Functionalities

The range of tasks in automotive electrical system development has clearly grown and now includes goals such as achieving efficiency requirements and complying with continuously reducing CO2 limits. Improvements in the vehicle electrical system, hereinafter referred to as the power net, are mandatory to face the challenges of increasing electrical energy consumption, new comfort and assistance functions, and further electrification. Novel power net topologies with dual batteries and dual voltages promise a significant increase in efficiency with moderate technological and financial effort. Depending on the vehicle segment, either an extension of established 12 V micro-hybrid technologies or 48 V mild hybridization is possible. Both technologies have the potential to reduce fuel consumption by implementing advanced stop/start and sailing functionalities.
Technical Paper

Traction Battery and Battery Control Unit Development

The performance of high voltage batteries is the key factor for further success of electric vehicles. The primary areas for battery development include high voltage (HV) and functional safety, maximum power and usable energy, battery life, packaging and weight reduction. This paper explains the development of the HV battery and the battery management system for the FEV Liona fleet, a retrofit of a pure electric powertrain into a FIAT 500. The multi-disciplinary process used to develop this program includes electrical, mechanical and functional aspects. The layout of the electrical system includes cell selection, layout of modules and the interconnection of twelve modules to a battery pack. The mechanical design of mounting the battery under the floor addresses the housing issues regarding robustness and sealing, the packaging into the vehicle as well as the positioning of the HV components inside the battery.
Technical Paper

Model-in-the-Loop Testing of SOC and SOH Estimation Algorithms in Battery Management Systems

With the increasing application of the lithium ion battery technology in automotive industry, development processes and validation methods for the battery management system (BMS) have drawn more and more attentions. One fundamental function of the BMS is to continuously estimate the battery’s state-of-charge (SOC) and state-of-health (SOH) to guarantee a safe and efficient operation of the battery system. For SOC as well as SOH estimations of a BMS, there are certain non-ideal situations in a real vehicle environment such as measurement inaccuracies, variation of cell characteristics over time, etc. which will influence the outcome of battery state estimation in a negative way. Quantifying such influence factors demands extensive measurements. Therefore, we have developed a model-in-the-loop (MIL) environment which is able to simulate the operating conditions that a BMS will encounter in a vehicle.
Journal Article

Performance Plus Range: Combined Battery Concept for Plug‑In Hybrid Vehicles

PlugIn Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) offer the opportunity to experience electric driving without the risk of vehicle break-down due to a low battery charge state. Thus, PHEV's represent an attractive means of meeting future CO2-legislation. PHEV batteries must fulfill a divergent list of requirements: on the one hand, the battery must supply sufficient energy to ensure it can be driven an appropriate distance in EV-mode. On the other hand, even with a low state-of-charge (SOC), the battery must supply sufficient power to assist the engine in vehicle acceleration or to recuperate on deceleration. This leads to a compromise in terms of cell selection. Fundamentally, high energy cells cannot provide high charge and discharge rates and high power cells cannot provide sufficient energy.