Project e-smart: an e-mobility research platform for students made by students - Part 1

April 24, 2012 // By Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Freuer, M.Sc. Omar Abu Mohareb, Dr.-Ing. Michael Grimm, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Christian Reuss
This report presents a student project at the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering (IVK) at the University of Stuttgart in which a commercial compact car vehicle with combustion engine was converted to an electric vehicle.

Nowadays, energy economy is one of the most important topics in all areas of technical research, especially in the automotive sector. Dwindling oil supplies and fossil fuels rising prices force automobile manufactures to develop less energy consuming vehicles. Furthermore, proceeding urbanization and a changing in young people's user behavior require new mobility concepts. Notes like car sharing concepts, smart grid, advanced driver assistance systems or the interactive vehicle are talked of a lot. Independent of which trends will prevail, it is obvious that future mobility will become increasingly manifold, complex and electric.

All this will bear huge challenges to the engineers. Future vehicles complexity will demand for high interdisciplinarity and enhanced teamwork in all stages of product development. To master these challenges universities education plays a major role to teach relevant skills.

This report presents a student project at the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering (IVK) at the University of Stuttgart in which a commercial compact car vehicle with combustion engine was converted to an electric vehicle. The whole process of conversion including planning and specifying the requirements onto to electric vehicle, electric components selection, E/E-architecture design, control software design as well as implementation of hardware and software was done by students of the University of Stuttgart under the supervision of the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS) which is in tight cooperation with the IVK.

1. E-Mobility at the FKFS/IVK

The automotive mechatronics departments of the cooperating FKFS and IVK are concerned with all issues of E-Mobility. In several government-funded and industry projects diverse research is carried out using a holistic approach to generate fast and sustainable solutions. The FKFS/IVK offers and uses several facilities for E-Mobility research topics such as a fleet of different category electric vehicles equipped with measurement systems for power flow and vehicle dynamics, a test bench for electric and hybrid power trains as well as batteries and

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