With increasing pressure from legislation and highly competitive global markets, automotive OEMs and suppliers are actively seeking solutions to reduce emission levels and improve fuel economy. In this process, vehicle energy management (VEM) remedies the problem of integrating green engineering into the development process while continuing to improve vehicles’ drivability and performance.
New vehicle architectures such as electric vehicles, hybrids and mild hybrids are equipped with ever more complex control and electronic systems that change the set-up of the traditional vehicle development process. VEM enables us to make important design decisions that impact emission and fuel consumption early in the development process, while maintaining or even improving drivability and passengers’ thermal comfort. VEM studies thus need to be integrated into the existing vehicle development process and combine mechanical, thermal, electrical and control engineering in a single environment.
In order to further promote excellence of research in vehicle energy management, this special issue is intended to focus on state-of-the-art research and developments together with continuing efforts and the major technological challenges in VEM and control, and the integration of energy management strategies into the development process.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Energy management strategies in electric, hybrid and hybrid-electric vehicles
- Intelligent energy management and control
- Trade studies on various vehicle performances related to energy management and control
- Engine sub-systems such as fuel injection and valve actuation including control strategies
- Thermal engine systems and controls including thermal management, exhaust and HVAC
- Transmission and driveline controls
- Optimisation methods in relation to VEM and control
- Under-the-hood systems and electrical auxiliaries
- Energy management and drivability
- Energy management, fuel economy and contributory factors
Manuscript submission deadline: 30 April, 2013
Reviewers' reports and decisions: 31 July, 2013
Final manuscripts due: 30 September, 2013