Development of a software platform for Taiwan's electric van

C. H. Wu*, Y. H. Hung, B. R. Chen, P. T. Sung, K. C. Chu, L. T. Chen

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The main purpose of this paper is to conduct the critical technologies and design procedures of a versatile software platform for Taiwan's electric vans established by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan. To raise the development efficiency and to reduce the cost, a Matlab/Simulink-coded software, named "E-Van-Sim", was designed for the purpose of evaluating the vehicle/subsystem performance and for preliminarily studying prototype vehicle control strategies. By adopting forward/backward simulation approach, E-Van-Sim is able to accommodate both the realtime simulation and the high model accuracy. It consists of subsystems (key components) such as the traction motors, lithium batteries, high-power transformers (DC/DC converter, charger, etc.), auxiliary components, transmission, and longitudinal vehicle dynamics. The modules of drive behaviour, standard testing cycles and vehicle control strategy were also integrated. This study demonstrates the results of vehicle/subsystem dynamics, energy consumption and energy recovery, and vehicle control rules (operation modes) under specific driving cycles. It proves that the effective research is accessible by using the developed E-Van-Sim. An on-line version of E-Van-Sim will be established in order to complete the Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) platform in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th Electric Vehicle Symposium 2012
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event26th Electric Vehicle Symposium 2012 - Los Angeles, CA, United States
Duration: 2012 May 62012 May 9

Publication series

Name26th Electric Vehicle Symposium 2012


Other26th Electric Vehicle Symposium 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, CA


  • Electric vehicle
  • Software
  • Technology development
  • Vehicle control strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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