A low-cost and novel approach in gearshift control for a mild-hybrid powertrain

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Conference Proceeding
2017 IEEE Transportation and Electrification Conference and Expo, ITEC 2017, 2017, pp. 754 - 760
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© 2017 IEEE. A novel, the low-cost mild hybrid powertrain is described. It relies on a manual, or robotized manual transmission together with a BLDC motor coupled at the output for filling the torque hole between gear changes. In order to keep manufacturing cost low and improve commercial attractiveness, it incorporates gearshift strategies that deliver high-quality gear shifts. A deliberate downsizing of componentry is implemented as far as possible to reduce cost, and control strategies are employed to exploit the maximum potential of the architecture using methods including torque-fill, ICE-assist, and ICE start-stop. The architecture is developed in simulation using an existing conventional platform to investigate system properties and their effect on performance. In particular, we discuss the gear-shift control algorithm design. Until the cost of full hybrids and fuel cell vehicles is significantly reduced, such a mild hybrid may have the potential to provide the right cost-benefit balance to achieve strong market penetration.
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