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2023 | Book

Alternative Powertrains and Extensions to the Conventional Powertrain

Author: Michael Hilgers

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Book Series : Commercial Vehicle Technology


About this book

The aim of this work, consisting of 9 individual, self-contained booklets, is to describe commercial vehicle technology in a way that is clear, concise and illustrative. Compact and easy to understand, it provides an overview of the technology that goes into modern commercial vehicles.

Starting from the customer's fundamental requirements, the characteristics and systems that define the design of the vehicles are presented knowledgeably in a series of articles, each of which can be read and studied on their own.

This volume, "Alternative Powertrains and Supplements to the Conventional Powertrain", introduces alternatives and additions to the conventional powertrain of the commercial vehicle. The wide range of options is presented so as to be clearly understandable for those learning and working with them in a practical environment. Hybrid vehicles, electric powertrains and alternative fuels are discussed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Alternative Powertrains and Extensions to the Conventional Powertrain
The conventional drivetrain with an internal combustion engine that burns diesel fuel from fossil oils has been propelling trucks for many decades. The first truck with a diesel engine first appeared in the 1920s.
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Chapter 2. The Electric Drive
Currently the two major development directions for the environmentally friendly drive of the future are battery electric vehicles and vehicles with fuel cells. Both approaches have in common that the drive function is an electric drive. In the case of a battery electric vehicle the electricity is generated in the infrastructure whereas the fuel cell vehicle needs fuel—most commonly used candidate is hydrogen—and the electricity is generated onboard by the fuel cell. Catenary systems are another variant of an electric vehicle.
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Chapter 3. Hybrid Vehicles
In engineering, the word hybrid is used for solutions in which two things are combined. A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle in which two drive systems are combined.
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Chapter 4. Other Supplements to the Conventional Drive
With a conventional drive, a very large proportion of the chemical energy of diesel fuel is lost in the form of thermal energy [1]. The thermal energy is either lost to the exhaust gas or dispensed to the cooling system. It is evident that this is where supplements to the conventional drive to improve the efficiency of energy use in vehicles can be applied.
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Chapter 5. Hydrogen
Hydrogen, H2, is regarded as the visionary transportable energy source of the future.
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Chapter 6. Alternative Fuels
The directions considered most promising for the environmentally friendly—especially CO2 free—drive of the future are currently battery electric vehicles and vehicles with fuel cells running on hydrogen fuel. See the preceeding chapters. In those two technologies combustion of hydrocarbons that will result into carbondioxide emissions to the atmosphere is no longer needed.
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Alternative Powertrains and Extensions to the Conventional Powertrain
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