Retrofit Kit for Conversion of Vehicles to Hybrids
Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee, United States
This invention augments, stores, and conserves vehicle motive energy in internal combustion-electric hybrid vehicles using a switched reluctance motor. Fleet vehicles such as vans, buses, and semi tractor-trailers can be converted to hybrids, potentially decreasing gasoline consumption by half.
Primary Application Area: Energy Management & Distribution
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 2
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: If the technology delivers a savings of 50% in fuel consumption, the technology will pay for itself in 3 years and continue saving 50% of fuel costs in fleets for a considerable cost savings, especially as the cost of fossil fuels, in terms of supply and environmental impact, increases.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 611
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: $50k state award ($100k promised) for development of wheel hub motor over 1 year
Primary Sources of Funding: University
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners