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The inefficient performance of gasoline-engine based vehicles along with high emissions and fuel consumption can be improved through utilization of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The multiple power and energy sources in the hybrid drivetrain can be well managed through an appropriate control strategy that supervises the power distribution. While doing so, the control strategy needs to operate every component optimally in addition to overseeing controlled charge-discharge of battery to obtain efficient energy usage. In this thesis an algorithm has been developed for efficient power division among the various components of a series-parallel (S-P) drivetrain. It has been designed to manage the power flow with the least possible losses while keeping fuel economy at an optimum level and maintaining battery state-of-charge (SOC) in a pre-defined range. The importance of optimizing both engine and motor has been discussed. Analysis has also been presented to show possible benefit of using diesel instead of gasoline engine for hybrid vehicles.
Das, Ashim Raj, "Optimal power management of hybrid electric vehicles through drivetrain analysis" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8239.