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The Excite - The University of Maryland's Pre - Transmission Parallel Hybrid Ford Explorer
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published March 03, 2003 by SAE International in United States
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The University of Maryland FutureTruck Team has redesigned a 2002 Ford Explorer to function as a charge-sustaining parallel hybrid electric vehicle for the 2002-2003 FutureTruck competition. Dubbed the Excite, it is powered by a dedicated E85 3.0L V6 engine coupled to a 21.6 kW peak (10kW continuous), electric motor using a 144V NiMH battery pack. The philosophy behind the UMD plan is to use a smaller, lightweight, dedicated E85 engine in parallel with an electric motor to provide starting and mild assist capabilities. The engine provides similar power to the stock 4.0 L Explorer engine and the electric motor functions as a starter, an alternator, and assists the engine during high power demands. The combination of the two systems provides the Excite with engine-off-at-idle capability, increased efficiency and fuel economy, and decreased emissions while maintaining the utility of a stock SUV. ADVISOR modeling predicts a 25% increase in fuel economy and past experience in E85 engine design suggests an emissions level that meets SULEV standards.
- Bill Kreig - University of Maryland
- Sarabpreet Bumra - University of Maryland
- Travis Tempel - University of Maryland
- Keith Fava - University of Maryland
- Jeff Kim - University of Maryland
- Matt Larson - University of Maryland
- Justin Ward - University of Maryland
- David Holloway - University of Maryland
CitationKreig, B., Bumra, S., Tempel, T., Fava, K. et al., "The Excite - The University of Maryland's Pre - Transmission Parallel Hybrid Ford Explorer," SAE Technical Paper 2003-01-1266, 2003, https://doi.org/10.4271/2003-01-1266.
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