Vehicle components and configurations
Book chapter, 2013
The main objective of this chapter is to describe components and configurations of
electric drive systems used for electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Components
such as the battery and the battery charger are also included. The aim
is to describe different alternatives, possibilities and bottlenecks associated with
such components and configurations. We also outline some of the key factors that
influence automobile design.
One key issue, for instance, relates to cost reduction methods, which are important
for commercialisation. Another issue is space requirements. The way in which
components are packaged within vehicles is a key design issue that relates to an
efficient use of the available space.