Feasibility of Fuel Cell Powered Vehicle

Feasibility Study of Conversion of an ICE Vehicle into an Electric Vehicle

Research Associates: Dr Wenchun Wang and Mr P Scott

Academic supervisor: Dr Y Chen

Period: June 2012-Dec. 2012    

Pure electric vehicles (EV) will certainly form part of the automotive market in future generations. Electric hybrids have already been injected into the current market and the benefits of such systems have been seen. However, there has been little research into the feasibility of converting an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle into a pure EV in terms of drive train compatibility, cost and performance to the end user and as to whether pure EV is a realistic option at this stage when fuel costs continue to rise. In this project, a Vauxhall VX220 is being converted into an EV and then experimentally characterised to help get a clearer understanding of the feasibility and issues surrounding the use of a pure EV in the current market.