We're looking forward to seeing Raser's plug-in 100 mpge HUMMER at the SAE World Congress next week. Raser's partner in that project, FEV, will also bring along a Dodge Caliber to Cobo Hall next week, one that has had a powertrain transplant and now runs off of electrons as well as gasoline in a range-extended electric vehicle (ReEV) set-up. The concept powertrain was intended as an internal R&D project "to evaluate different options for the engine/generator unit, and the associated calibration strategies," said Dr. Joachim Wolschendorf, CTO and vice president of the Vehicle and Drivetrain Engineering Division of FEV, Inc.

The powertrain mates a 1.0L, 3-cylinder, 4 valve engine to a UQM PP75 generator. This gives 41kW of power in extended-range mode (peak power is 75kW) to the 346V li-ion battery pack and gets 40 miles of all-electric power and a top speed of 84 mph. FEV is apparently working on more concept vehicles in their Auburn Hills, Michigan Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Development Center. More details after the jump.

[Source: FEV, Inc.]


FEV, Inc. to Unveil Dodge Caliber-Based Range-Extended Electric Vehicle Concept

Internal development project demonstrates full range of hybrid engineering capabilities

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- FEV, Inc., (FEV) a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle technologies, announced today that it will show a range-extended electric vehicle (ReEV) with plug-in capability based on the Dodge Caliber platform at the 2009 SAE World Congress. FEV's internal development project is designed to demonstrate the company's full spectrum of capabilities in hybrid engineering. The announcement was made by Dr. Joachim Wolschendorf, CTO and vice president of the Vehicle and Drivetrain Engineering Division of FEV, Inc.

"FEV believes that to provide the most value to our customers, we must continue to develop innovative technologies and capabilities within our own walls, conceiving and developing projects that our customers will need now and in the future," said Wolschendorf. "This ReEV concept vehicle has been developed as an internal R&D project, and gives us an opportunity to show our capabilities. We are also using this vehicle to evaluate different options for the engine/generator unit, and the associated calibration strategies."

The Caliber ReEV concept is one of several new hybrid vehicle technologies that are being developed in FEV's recently completed Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Development Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The ReEV propulsion system was developed entirely by FEV, including:

-- Performance modeling and simulations
-- Component selection and procurement
-- Design, analysis and packaging
-- High Voltage system architecture, development and integration
-- Hybrid controls and powertrain development and testing
-- Complete vehicle integration
-- Vehicle exhaust and evaporative emission calibration
-- Overall vehicle calibration, testing and validation
-- NVH optimization

The ReEV propulsion system employs a 1.0L, 3-cylinder, 4 valve engine that is mated to a UQM PP75 generator that provides 41kW of continuous power in extended-range mode, with a peak power of 75kW. The energy storage system consists of a 20 kW-h liquid-cooled Lithium Ion battery pack that operates at 346V, with a Delphi DC/DC converter. A UQM PP125EX traction motor powers the wheels.

Performance statistics for the demonstrator vehicle include:
-- All-Electric Range - 40 miles
-- 0 - 60 mph time - 8.3 seconds
-- Top Speed - 84 mph

About FEV, Inc.

The FEV Group is an internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company that supplies the global transportation industry. FEV offers a complete range of engineering services, providing support across the globe to customers in the design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, as well as vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion gasoline-, diesel-, and alternative-fueled powertrains. FEV also designs, develops and prototypes advanced vehicle / powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards. The FEV Test Systems division is a global supplier of advanced test cell, instrumentation and test equipment. The FEV Group employs a staff of over 1,800 highly skilled specialists at advanced technical centers on three continents. FEV, Inc. employs approximately 300 personnel at FEV's North American Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI.

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