A European Union (EU)-funded project recently provided electric vehicles with enhanced energy efficiency in Spain.
The Optimal ENErgy consumption and Recovery based on a system network (OPENER) project developed an intelligent energy management and recovery system to boost electric vehicles' driving range. The six European partners improved the braking system, the navigation system, and surrounding sensors, as well as installing an adaptive cruise control system to ensure more economical driving.
The researchers say the "eco-routing" functions are the key to achieving energy efficiency and preserving battery life. OPENER also addressed the issue of safety, focusing on sensory advice to provide timely warnings. Optimized range predictions show reliable information on remaining driving range, thus avoiding unwanted and potentially dangerous stops due to an empty battery. The technology makes the electric vehicle intelligent, and provides braking tips based on traffic flow and advice on the best route to limit energy use. The researchers say this can save up to 30 percent of energy use, without losing much time along the way.
The new system could be integrated into electric vehicles starting in 2015. The EU wants to have 8 million to 9 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020.
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