Green Vehicles

Model-Based Design helps engineers meet the demand for green vehicles by facilitating the move from concept car to production-ready, fuel-efficient vehicle. Engineers quickly build conceptual system models, make design tradeoffs, and verify algorithms before prototype components or vehicles are available.

Design and Test Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Powertrains in a Single Environment

Engineering teams use Simulink® to create executable specifications for green vehicle powertrains. No longer powered by just a gasoline or diesel engine and a transmission, hybrid powertrains are complex multidomain systems that combine these traditional components with regenerative brakes, batteries, electric motors, fuel cells, or hydrogen-based engines to create, store, and deliver power to the wheels.

Using MathWorks tools for Model-Based Design, engineers capture electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic components as well as control systems in a single environment.

Model Battery Dynamics to Develop Battery Controllers and Hardware in Parallel

To develop battery controllers for next-generation alternative fuel vehicles, engineers need dynamic models of the batteries. Capturing battery dynamics based on first-principle chemical models is difficult due to the complexity of the chemistry. With MathWorks products, engineers create battery models using statistical, data-driven modeling techniques. These models enable them to design controllers before prototype hardware is available.

Make Design Tradeoffs and Move to Production in a Single Environment

For hybrid vehicle engineers who have no prior model year components to use as prototypes, Simulink and Powertrain Blockset provide the environment in which they can perform what-if scenarios and design tradeoff studies. These activities help them understand how components and subsystems work together in the hydraulic, electronic, and mechanical domains before building prototypes and generating production code.