Recent events in the automotive industry worldwide has brought the analysis and evaluation of fuel economy for conventional and hybrid vehicles alike into the spotlight. Current methods generally employed in industry and by academia use weighted averages of standardised driving cycles to estimate fuel consumption and compare them against benchmarks.
These traditional methodologies are often described as being an inadequate representation of real world driver experiences and are treated with a degree of scepticism by consumers. On-going developments in electric and hybrid electric vehicle platforms (particularly plug-in vehicles) make the use of traditional standardised evaluation techniques less applicable, further confusing the results, negatively impacting the consumer perception of these technologies.
This issue will present current advancements in the evaluation of vehicle fuel economy, novel techniques for the evaluation of real world fuel economy and their application to a range of vehicle platforms. The primary objective is to therefore provide a platform for the dissemination of novel estimation techniques and measurement methodologies for the evaluation of fuel economy and its implementation to conventional, electric and hybrid electric (including plug-in hybrid) vehicles. It aims to bring together an international array of scientists, engineers and experts to explore the current issues surrounding the evaluation, estimation and application of fuel economy and related metrics to conventional and new energy vehicle technologies.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fuel economy evaluation methodologies
- Driving cycle development and evaluation
- Driver behaviour evaluation for impact on fuel economy
- Alternative techniques for evaluating fuel economy and driving performance in electric and hybrid electric vehicles
- Real world evaluation of fuel/energy economy for conventional and electric/hybrid vehicles
- Modelling and control of electric and hybrid vehicle systems
- Optimisation of hybrid electric vehicle systems
- Social, economic and environmental issues in relation to EVs/HEVs
Submission of manuscripts: 30 November, 2016
Notification to authors: 30 January, 2017
Final versions due: 30 March, 2017