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New Technologies for Electric Vehicles

Summary of the impact

Fundamental work on transmission and power management systems for electric vehicles has resulted in local and national impact with emerging international reach. Computer simulation and rig-based prototype modelling has shown that it is possible to improve overall energy consumption levels by around 5 to 12 % by using a variable ratio gearbox within an electric vehicle. A local company, AVID Vehicles Ltd have demonstrated the potential of this work in the conversion of a Nissan Note supplied by Nissan Motors UK Ltd into an electric powered car. This, and related, work on hybrid vehicles has gained international recognition and has been used as the basis for further developments, including regional impact with Sunderland Council, and influencing regional strategy.

Submitting Institution

University of Sunderland

Unit of Assessment

Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Research Subject Area(s)

Mathematical Sciences: Applied Mathematics
Chemical Sciences: Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)
Engineering: Materials Engineering

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