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Tecnalia presents its dynacar® research platform involving an electric vehicle and a simulator incorporated into a test bed

2010.09.30

The experimental vehicle attains 140 km/h in 10 seconds, with an autonomy of 70 kilometres and a storage capacity of 15 kWh

Tecnalia today presented its “Dynacar” project, which includes an experimental electric vehicle with a top speed of 140 kilometres per hour - reached in 10 seconds -, a simulator and a test bed. “Dynacar” is an electric vehicle systems research and development platform.

SimulatorResearchers working on the “Dynacar” project state that the “electrification of road transport is a research priority, given that the dependence on fossil fuels as well as the greenhouse effect have focused attention on and questioned the traditional concept of transport based on vehicles employing conventional traction.”

In order to draw up new solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles, over the past 5 years, Tecnalia has been investigating advanced virtual modelling and evaluation tools for vehicles. This development methodology, known as Dynacar, combines various tools for undertaking research such as a simulator incorporated into the Dynacar XiL (X in the Loop), and a test bed, apart from the Dynacar 2 electric vehicle.

The principal aims of the project are the development of electronic and mechanical systems for electric vehicles, the enhancement of advanced simulation tools for research and development of vehicle systems, as well as experimenting with new architecture for electric traction.

The car is a two-seater and has a complete instrument panel to validate systems relative to longitudinal and lateral dynamics. It uses a single-shell, high-rigidity lightweight chassis of steel and aluminium alloy, with an adjustable, deformable parallelogram suspension system for the four wheels.

The Dynacar 2 electric vehicle enables the integration of range extension concepts.

The vehicle has a peak power of 50 kW provided by a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, a total weight of 700 kg and an energy storage capacity of about 10 kWh.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is estimated to be less than 5.7 seconds, the optimum management of traction control being critical. The peak speed is approximately 140 km/h, reaching this figure in 10 seconds. Autonomy in an urban cycle is some 70 kilometres; “a suitable distance”, according to Tecnalia experts.

Dynacar

El end goal of the vehicle and the simulation platform is to act as a research platform for new concepts in high-powered electric traction, as well as active systems that enable maximum advantage to be taken of new propulsion systems, such as boost vectorisation or the concepts of distributed traction by means of incorporating in-wheel motors, regenerative braking, etc.

For more, updated information on `Dynacar´: www.dynacar.es

Tecnalia Research & Innovation, the foremost private applied research centre In Spain and fifth in Europe, is made up of the Tecnalia Technological Corporation which in turn is made up of AZTI-Tecnalia and NEIKER-Tecnalia. Tecnalia is a multidisciplinary, private and independent corporation, contributing to the development of the economic and social environment through technological innovation. 52% of its income comes from activities developed by large companies and by small and medium-sized enterprises (“pymes” in the Spanish acronym) that are innovative and that receive services and products from Tecnalia that are reflected in their business results and in the welfare of society at large.

Source: TECNALIA

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