Biodiesel Hybrid/Electric Bus Research Program

This cooperative agreement supports the efforts of the University of Alabama to develop a Biodiesel Hybrid/Electric Bus Research Program at its Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies. The project activities include: (1) Establishment of an emissions testing facility capable of making detailed measurements of engine performance, fuel economy, and pollutant emissions at conditions typical of urban and suburban transit routes; (2) Acquiring a broad data set of performance and emissions of diesel engines fueled with conventional and Biodiesel fuels at speed and load conditions typical of urban and suburban transit routes, either for a conventional diesel-only powertrain or diesel-electric motor hybrid electric powertrain; and (3) Development of a detailed computational simulation of a hybrid electric powertrain that will allow the integration of the experimental data so that highly accurate predictions of hybrid bus performance and emissions can be made. The main benefits of this biodiesel/electric bus will be to the environment and to the transit rider, namely substantial savings in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a smoother, more comfortable ride.


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    • Status: Completed
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Transit Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  USA  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Kulyk, Walter

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

      Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies
      125 Rose Administration Building
      Tuscaloosa, AL  USA  35487-0104
    • Principal Investigators:

      Midkiff, Clark

    • Start Date: 20090101
    • Actual Completion Date: 20100301
    • Source Data: RiP Project 24753

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01486820
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
    • Contract Numbers: FTA-AL-26-7006-01
    • Files: RiP
    • Created Date: Jul 18 2013 1:01AM