Evaluation of high-energy-efficiency powertrain approaches: the 1996 futurecar challenge

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Twelve colleges and universities were selected to design, build, and develop a mid-size vehicle that could achieve high energy economy while maintaining the performance characteristics of today`s mid-size vehicle. Many of the teams were able to increase the fuel economy of their vehicles, but most of these increases came at the expense of decreased performance or worsened emissions. This paper evaluates and summarizes the high-energy-efficiency powertrain technology approaches that were utilized in the 1996 FutureCar Challenge, which was the first evaluation of these vehicles in a two-year program. Of the 11 vehicles evaluated in the competition, nine utilized hybrid electric ... continued below

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Sluder, S.; Duoba, M. & Larsen, R. February 1, 1997.

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Twelve colleges and universities were selected to design, build, and develop a mid-size vehicle that could achieve high energy economy while maintaining the performance characteristics of today`s mid-size vehicle. Many of the teams were able to increase the fuel economy of their vehicles, but most of these increases came at the expense of decreased performance or worsened emissions. This paper evaluates and summarizes the high-energy-efficiency powertrain technology approaches that were utilized in the 1996 FutureCar Challenge, which was the first evaluation of these vehicles in a two-year program. Of the 11 vehicles evaluated in the competition, nine utilized hybrid electric vehicle approaches. This paper discusses the design trade- offs made by the teams to achieve high efficiency while trying to maintain stock performance.

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  • International congress and exposition of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE): dedicated to the advancement of the global mobility industry, Detroit, MI (United States), 24-27 Feb 1997

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  • Other: DE97003221
  • Report No.: ANL/ES/CP--91792
  • Report No.: CONF-970210--4
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 459316
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc684205

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Sluder, S.; Duoba, M. & Larsen, R. Evaluation of high-energy-efficiency powertrain approaches: the 1996 futurecar challenge, article, February 1, 1997; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc684205/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.