This paper discusses the vehicles propulsion system to be used in the General Motors dual-mode transit system. The rationale for selection of the system configuration and a general description of the hardware and automatic control logic are included. The GM dual-mode vehicle propulsion system consists of two independent power plants and drive lines. The primary power train consists of an internal combustion engine and front-wheel drive package, and the secondary power train includes electric motors driving the rearmost vehicle wheels. Energy for the secondary drive motors will be supplied by on-board batteries. The two power trains are capable of operating indeqendently or as a parallel hybrib. A summary of vehicle performance is included along with a discussion of the value associated with using the secondary power train as a backup or as a hybrid with the primary.

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    • This paper appears in Dual Mode Transportation, which is a publication containing the proceedings of a conference conducted by the Transportation Research Board, May 29-31, 1974. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved
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    • Finelli, Joseph P
    • Langhorst, Fred E
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00149277
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  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM