STUDY OF ADVANCED ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEM CONCEPT USING A FLYWHEEL FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Advanced electric propulsion system concepts with flywheels for electric vehicles are evaluated and it is predicted that advanced systems can provide considerable performance improvement over existing electric propulsion systems with little or no cost penalty. Using components specifically designed for an integrated electric propulsion system avoids the compromises that frequently lead to a loss of efficiency and to inefficient utilization of space and weight. A propulsion system using a flywheel power energy storage device can provide excellent acceleration under adverse conditions of battery degradation due either to very low temperatures or high degrees of discharge. Both electrical and mechanical means of transfer of energy to and from the flywheel appear attractive; however, development work is required to establish the safe limits of speed and energy storage for advanced flywheel designs and to achieve the optimum efficiency of energy transfer. Brushless traction motor designs using either electronic commutation schemes or dc-to-ac inverters appear to provide a practical approach to a mass producible motor, with excellent efficiency and light weight. No comparisons were made with advanced system concepts which do not incorporate a flywheel.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Brobeck (William M) and Associates

    1235 Tenth Street
    Berekeley, CA  United States  94710
  • Authors:
    • Younger, F C
    • Lackner, H
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 231 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00313792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-159650 Final Rpt., DOE/NASA/0078-79/1
  • Contract Numbers: DEN3-78, EC-77-A-31-1011
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM