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RouteE: A Vehicle Energy Consumption Prediction Engine

National Renewable Energy Laboratory-Jacob Holden, Nicholas Reinicke, Jeff Cappellucci
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0939
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The emergence of Connected and Automated Vehicles and Smart Cities technologies create the opportunity for new mobility mode and routing decision tools, among many others. In order to achieve maximal mobility and minimal energy consumption, it is critical to understand the energy cost of decisions and optimize accordingly. The Route Energy Prediction model (RouteE) enables accurate estimation of energy consumption for a variety of vehicle types over trips or sub-trips where detailed drive cycle data is unavailable. Applications include vehicle route selection, energy accounting/optimization in transportation simulation, and corridor energy analyses, among others. The software is an open-source Python package that includes a variety of pre-trained models from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). However, RouteE also enables users to train custom models using their own datasets, making it a robust and valuable tool for both fast calculations and rigorous, data-rich research efforts. The pre-trained RouteE models are trained using NREL’s Future Automotive Systems Technology Simulator (FASTSim) paired with approximately 1 million miles of drive cycle data from the Transportation Secure Data Center (TSDC) resulting…
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Understanding Charging Flexibility of Shared Autonomous Electric Vehicle Fleets

National Renewable Energy Laboratory-Matthew Moniot, Yanbo Ge, Nicholas Reinicke, Alex Schroeder
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0941
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The combined anticipated trends of vehicle sharing, autonomous control, and powertrain electrification are poised to disrupt the current paradigm of predominately gasoline vehicles with low levels of utilization. Shared, autonomous, electric vehicle (SAEV) fleets, which encompass all three of these trends, have garnered significant interest among the research community due to the opportunity for low-cost mobility with congestion and emissions reductions. This paper explores the charging loads demanded by SAEV fleets in response to servicing personal light-duty vehicle travel demand in four major United States metropolitan areas: Detroit, Austin, Washington DC, and Miami. A coordinated charging model is introduced which minimizes fleet charging costs and corresponding plant emissions in response to different renewable energy penetration rates and shares of personal trip demand served (between 1% and 25%). The relationship between trip demand by time of day, electricity price by time of day, and SAEV fleet size versus overall charging flexibility is explored for each city. SAEV results are presented across various scenarios assuming fleetwide attempts to minimize charging costs while still constrained by offering adequate…
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Real-world Evaluation of National Energy Efficiency Potential of Cold Storage Evaporator Technology in the Context of Engine Start-Stop Systems

Argonne National Laboratory-Forrest Jehlik, Alvaro Demingo
DENSO International America-Yuanpei Song
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1252
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
National concerns over energy consumption and emissions from the transportation sector have prompted regulatory agencies to implement aggressive fuel economy targets for light-duty vehicles through the NHTSA/EPA corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) program. Automotive manufacturers have responded by bringing competitive technologies to market that maximize efficiency while meeting or exceeding consumer performance and comfort expectations. In a collaborative effort between Toyota Motor Corporation, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the real-world savings of one such technology is evaluated. A commercially available Toyota Highlander equipped with two-phase cold storage technology was tested at ANL’s chassis dynamometer testing facility. The cold storage technology maintains the thermal state of air-conditioning evaporators to enable longer and more frequent engine off operation in vehicles equipped with start-stop functionality. Test results were analyzed and provided to NREL where a novel simulation framework was developed and calibrated to test data. The vehicle model was then exercised over a large set of real-world drive cycle and ambient condition data to estimate national-level fuel economy benefits. Results indicate that…