The state-of-the-art (SOTA) of electric vehicles built since 1965 was reviewed to establish a base for the preliminary design of a power train for a SOTA electric vehicle. The performance of existing electric vehicles were evaluated to establish preliminary specifications for a power train design using state-of-the-art technology and commercially available components. Power train components were evaluated and selected using a computer simulation of the SAE J227a Schedule D driving cycle. Predicted range was determined for a number of motor and controller combinations in conjunction with the mechanical elements of power trains and a battery pack of sixteen lead-acid batteries - 471.7 kg at 0.093 MJ/Kg (1040 lbs. at 11.7 Whr/lb). On the basis of maximum range and overall system efficiency using the Schedule D cycle, an induction motor and 3 phase inverter/controller was selected as the optimum combination when used with a two-speed transaxle and steel belted radial tires. The predicted Schedule D range is 90.4 km (56.2 mi). Four near term improvements to the SOTA were identified, evaluated, and predicted to increase range approximately 7%.

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    Rohr Industries, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 878
    Chula Vista, CA  United States  92012

    Department of Energy

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    Department of the Navy

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  • Authors:
    • Ross, J A
    • Wooldridge, G A
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

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  • Pagination: 222 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00185804
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • ISBN: NASA-CR-135340
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-153340 Final Rpt., HS-022 990
  • Contract Numbers: NA53-20592, EC-77-A-31-1044
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1983 12:00AM