Innovation in Hybrid-Electric Technology for Sustainable Transportation: The Development of a Hybrid Electric Range Extended Motorcycle
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As the transportation industry grows, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to rise. Electric vehicles, with their lower lifecycle emissions, offer potential for mitigation of anthropogenic climate change. The use of low carbon renewable energy produced electricity must be combined with the electrification of the transportation industry in order to drastically reduce the climate impacts of transportation. Passenger cars have seen the first widespread electrification among the sector. Motorcycles must also replicate the path of passenger cars towards full electrification through an intermediate step of hybridization in order to continue lowering emissions. This project report begins by discussing the link between climate change and the transportation industry, and more specifically the power 2 wheeler’s impact. It compares alternative fuels and technologies, and suggests the commercialization of a hybrid electric powertrain. The report focuses on the design, production and testing of a hybrid electric motorcycle. It covers the goals, key criteria, methodologies, and technologies of the project. The report ends with discussions and concluding remarks regarding the design, build, testing, technology, and future considerations.