Journal article

Fuel economy improvements for urban driving: Hybrid vs. intelligent vehicles

Chris Manzie, Harry Watson, Saman Halgamuge

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART C-EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

The quest for more fuel-efficient vehicles is being driven by the increasing price of oil. Hybrid electric powertrains have established a presence in the marketplace primarily based on the promise of fuel savings through the use of an electric motor in place of the internal combustion engine during different stages of driving. However, these fuel savings associated with hybrid vehicle operation come at the tradeoff of a significantly increased initial vehicle cost due to the increased complexity of the powertrain. On the other hand, telematics-enabled vehicles may use a relatively cheap sensor network to develop information about the traffic environment in which they are operating, and subse..

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