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Controls Development for Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Controls Development for Hybrid Electric Vehicles

RealTimes 2.2008:

Controls Development for Hybrid Electric Vehicles
A key means of achieving higher fuel economy

Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) production is projected to reach upwards of two million vehicles worldwide in the next few years. In the U.S., HEVs may account for 5-10 percent of total vehicle sales by 2015. HEVs are not only seen as a key means to achieve higher fuel economy, but also to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels as well as to reduce carbon emissions. However, in order to achieve these goals, HEVs have to rely on complex electronic controls. In this article, we highlight some of the issues faced by U.S. OEMs during the development of electronic controls and also make recommendations that can help in solving some of those issues.