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Real CO2 emissions benefits and end user’s operating costs of a plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Authors
Journal
Applied Energy
0306-2619
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
114
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.09.014
Keywords
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • Co2 Emissions
  • Energy Cost
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract Although plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (pHEVs) can be considered a powerful technology to promote the change from conventional mobility to e-mobility, their real benefits, in terms of CO2 emissions, depend to a great extent on the average efficiency of their Internal Combustion Engine and on the energy source mix which is used to supply the electrical demand of pHEV. Furthermore the operating cost of the vehicle should also be taken into account in the design process, since it represents the main driver in the customer’s choice. This article has the purpose of assessing, through numerical simulations, the effects of different technology mixes used to produce electrical energy for the battery recharging, of different Internal Combustion Engines on the pHEV performance, and highlighting the main differences with respect to the regulatory test procedure.

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