Deepa Ramaswamy was invited to a joint meeting of the Detroit Electrochemical Society along with Wayne State University, College of Engineering, in November 2010. The theme of the talk is described below
Challenges involved in the development of a production control system for a hybrid/alternative energy vehicle center not only around new component technologies such as batteries, power electronics, and electric machines, but also upon the invention that is required to develop novel algorithms that utilize components in the most synergistic fashion so as to optimize a function of interest (fuel economy for example). Additionally OEM performance and production requirements must be met for quality and robustness over the lifetime of the vehicle (10 years/150,000 miles for example). This talk begins by describing some of the configurations of production hybrid electric vehicles followed by discussion of their control systems, in terms of their basic goals and major functions. The development of the control system from prototype stage through production level will be described including a brief discussion of some new areas being worked on in hybrid/EV control.