Mike Duoba, chief engineer at Argonne's Advanced Powertrain Research Facility, charges the all-electric Tesla Roadster.
Argonne transportation engineers recently evaluated an all-electric Tesla Roadster at the Lab's
new two-wheel-drive dynamometer laboratory.
Data obtained from the Tesla will help researchers develop test procedures that provide an unbiased, consistent and practical approach to evaluating electric vehicles.
ARGONNE, Ill. (June 29, 2010) - Mike Duoba, a principal mechanical engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, and his colleagues are celebrating the recent approval of SAE J1711, the revised recommended practice for figuring out the fuel economy and exhaust emissions test procedures of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs).
The Argonne engineers primarily revised the test procedures to better evaluate PHEV technologies.
had led for the past three years the SAE International
(Society of Automotive Engineers) task force charged with updating uniform chassis dynamometer test procedures for PHEVs and HEVs.
was recently approved by SAE members during a two-phase voting process.
This important accomplishment will encourage and support the nation's move to electrified vehicles for petroleum savings.
"Until now, the fuel economy claims for plug-in hybrids were not calculated according to similar procedures, making car-to-car comparisons virtually impossible," Duoba
With the completion of SAE J1711
colleagues are now focused on supporting the development of testing standards for all-electric vehicles, known as SAE J1634.
The development of this standard may be finished by year's end, with voting by SAE members to take place shortly thereafter, he