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Ford, U-M work on accelerating hybrid development

Researchers from the University of Michigan and Ford are working together to turn your hybrid car into a math equation.

The idea is to find the optimal levels for fuel economy, parts lifespan, comfort, and overall driveability for hybrid power systems, a technology that is still in its infancy.

"Once we have developed a mathematical model of the power system and what Ford engineers are trying to optimize, we can tell them what the optimal efficiency is," says Jessy Grizzle, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan who is working on the project with U-M PhD student Daniel Opila.

The bottom line is in trying to figure out the best way to meet a customer's needs and increase satisfaction level. This includes maximizing fuel efficiency, but not at the expense of wearing out the drive train or other parts.

Source: Jessy Grizzle, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan
Writer: Jon Zemke
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