Research and Development of Electric Vehicles for Clean Transportation

This article describes the research and development of an electric vehicle (EV) in Department of Human-Robotics Saitama Institute of Technology, Japan. Electric mobile systems previously developed in this laboratory include a converted electric automobile, electric wheelchair and personal mobile robot. The author maintains that these mobile systems contribute to realize clean transportation since the energy sources and devices for these vehicles, i.e., batteries and electric motors, do not deteriorate the environment. The article covers the base car used (a Rover Mini Cooper), motor type, battery type, components for electric vehicles, the design of the drive unit, battery configuration and installation, meters and indicators, and testing of the converted vehicle. The so-called E-MINI has been authorized to drive on public roads in Japan, completes 38 km travel distance with one charge, and achieves efficiency levels up to 10.85 km/kWh.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 745-749
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  • Accession Number: 01147246
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 2009 10:19AM