Design and Development Process for the Equinox REVLSE E85 Hybrid Electric Vehicle
The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech (HEVT) is participating in the 2005 - 2007 Challenge X advanced technology vehicle competition series, sponsored by General Motors Corporation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Argonne National Lab. This report documents the Equinox REVLSE (Renewable Energy Vehicle, the Larsen Special Edition) design and how it meets the Challenge X goals. The design process, Vehicle Technical Specifications (VTS), system components, control strategy, model validation, vehicle balance, and the Challenge X Vehicle Development Process (XVDP) are defined and explained. The selected Split Parallel Architecture (SPA) E85-fueled hybrid vehicle powertrain design can meet the performance, emissions and fuel economy goals of Challenge X, while reducing petroleum use by 80 %.