Hybrid vehicles represent one method of reducing the heavy demand for oil by Australia's transport fleet by carrying on-board energy storage components. Recent research programmes in the University of Queensland have demonstrated two prototype vehicles. Many concepts from these vehicles could find application on specialised duty cycles particularly in city stop-start environments. One vehicle, a large 1680 kg passenger sedan carries a low speed flywheel as well as lead-acid batteries and aims to increase the internal combustion engine efficiency over city-suburban driving cycles. The other, a 1600 kg delivery van carries only lead-acid batteries in conjunction with either a petrol or diesel engine and relies on substitution of coal derived energy in the form of electricity, for oil. The development programme has initially highlighted the possibility of saving up to 35 per cent of the fuel used by city public transport buses by the addition of components including a high power-density regenerative system to partially capture the kinetic energy normally lost during braking. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 258-63

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  • Accession Number: 00390155
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-85825-215-5
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Engng Conf 84/1 Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM