Event Title

Three-Wheel Diesel-Electric Hybrid Commuter Vehicle

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

5-4-2010 1:00 PM

End Date

5-4-2010 3:00 PM

Student's Major

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Bruce Jones

Mentor's Department

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

Hybrid technology is becoming a driving force in the automotive industry to increase fuel economy levels and further the search for alternative fuel sources. Automotive Engineering Technology seniors are designing a two occupant, three-wheel hybrid vehicle licensed as a motorcycle for low cost, high mileage, and safe commuter travel. The hybrid system is comprised of an 800cc turbo diesel engine driving the front two wheels of the vehicle and an electric motor driving the single rear wheel. This design is a through-the- road hybrid system which uses the electric motor to drive the vehicle at lower speeds and allows the diesel engine to be reserved for its most efficient operation at higher speeds. The electric motor is powered by a pack of lithium-polymer batteries that are charged via regenerative braking as well as a plug-in charger. Utilizing these advantages the vehicle should attain a fuel economy of over 100 miles per gallon.

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Three-Wheel Diesel-Electric Hybrid Commuter Vehicle

CSU 201

Hybrid technology is becoming a driving force in the automotive industry to increase fuel economy levels and further the search for alternative fuel sources. Automotive Engineering Technology seniors are designing a two occupant, three-wheel hybrid vehicle licensed as a motorcycle for low cost, high mileage, and safe commuter travel. The hybrid system is comprised of an 800cc turbo diesel engine driving the front two wheels of the vehicle and an electric motor driving the single rear wheel. This design is a through-the- road hybrid system which uses the electric motor to drive the vehicle at lower speeds and allows the diesel engine to be reserved for its most efficient operation at higher speeds. The electric motor is powered by a pack of lithium-polymer batteries that are charged via regenerative braking as well as a plug-in charger. Utilizing these advantages the vehicle should attain a fuel economy of over 100 miles per gallon.

Recommended Citation

Dombrowsky, Alexander W. and Michael L. Sanford. "Three-Wheel Diesel-Electric Hybrid Commuter Vehicle." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 5, 2010.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2010/oral-session-05/6