TechConnect Innovation Program

Retrofit Kit for Conversion of Vehicles to Hybrids

Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

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.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 611

Website: www.mtsu.edu

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