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Ricardo plc - Vehicle Hybrid Systems Technology Demonstrator

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Ricardo Plc
: 31 August, 2007  (Company News)
Ricardo to display vehicle hybrid systems technology demonstrator at DSEi 2007
Ricardo will unveil for the first time an advanced military hybrid vehicle demonstrator at the Defence Systems & Equipment International Exhibition (DSEi) in London from 11-14 September.

The hybrid system incorporated in the demonstrator provides significant practical and operational advantages in defence roles. Independent electric hub motors provide improved traction control and stability, survivability and increased ground clearance, resulting in enhanced vehicle mobility. Moreover using energy stored in the vehicle's on-board batteries gives the option of a quiet mode for stealth operations. The hybrid system also delivers significant improvements in fuel economy, vehicle capability, maintainability and whole life costs. It can also provide practical advantages in avoiding the need for trailer based generators for communications etc as the on-board generator, capable of delivering more than 100kW of electrical power, can be used to provide auxiliary power requirements.

The benefits of the Ricardo Series Hybrid vehicle to the defence sector can be summarised as follows:

Improved fuel economy over most terrain (hence cost and logistics savings)

Significantly improved vehicle stability (lower rollover likelihood) via electronic stability control using Ricardo Torque Vectoring TM technology

'Electric only' quite mode for 8 to 10km or over (depending on battery options)

Over 100kW on-board power generation available (potentially replacing a towed gen set)

Survivability and reliability (four independent hub motors and two power sources)

Excellent off-road traction and speed control

Good gradeability and general performance (to 120km/h)

Easier to operate and maintain than conventional powertrain systems.
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