Electric Vehicle Driving Range Extension Using Photovoltaic Panels

Stefano De Pinto, Qian Lu, Pablo Camocardi, Christoforos Chatzikomis, Aldo Sorniotti, Domenico Ragonese, Gregorio Iuzzolino, Pietro v Perlo, Constantina Lekakou

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This paper investigates the potential benefits of photovoltaic (PV) panels on electric vehicles. In addition to the PV panels on the roof of the car, in this study a PV panel is installed below the windshield to increase energy capture when the car is parked. An electro-mechanical actuator makes the PV panel disappear under the roof when the passengers are in the vehicle. The paper presents the simulation model of the overall PV architecture, including the DC/DC converter and the energy storage system. Based on recorded temperature and solar irradiance profiles, the model calculates the energy input and the corresponding range extension. The resulting values are discussed for a prototype four-wheel- drive urban electric vehicle operating in five European locations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-3528-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-3529-8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event13th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2016 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: 17 Oct 201620 Oct 2016


Conference13th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2016


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