Welcome, and thank you for visiting the PHEV data site! On this website, you will be able to find information relating to the various projects involving the PHEV that are in progress here at Western Michigan University.
John Patten, head faculty member for the PHEV research project, purchased the vehicle used in the PHEV conversion process, a Toyota Prius. The Prius currently has a private charging station in the West Parking Deck at the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The purpose of this charging station is to monitor the amount of electricity required to recharge the Prius's battary after use. The charging staion will also help compare the electricity required to charge the PHEV in comparison to the electricity generated by the Wind Turbine. The relationship between the electricity needed by the Prius and the electricity generated by the Wind Turbine is a major focus of this research project.
Hymotion performed all of the PHEV installation and conversion processes to the Prius. The battery used for the conversion process holds a 5 kWh (nominal) electric charge. The estimated driving range for the PHEV Prius is 30-40 miles in electric assist mode, achieving over 100 MPG. While only using the electric battary as a power source, you can travel between 20-30 miles, before reverting to the standard Prius hybrid mode. While in electric assist mode, the Prius should theoretically be able to achieve up to 8 miles/kWh in ideal driving conditions.
The Wind Turbine used in this research project, a Skystream 3.7, provided by Southwest Wind, became fully functional in the summer of 2007. The Wind Turbine can generate, nominally, 1.8 kWh of electricity at once, with brief peaks at up to 2 kWh of electricity. The Wind Turbine came equiped with a remote display and interface that helps keep track of its productivity. The Wind Turbine is expected to generate approximately 1,400 kWh's of electricity a year and has a life expectancy of 20-30 years.
Two aditional web sites used for this project are the PHEV Homepage and the PHEV Research and Education web pages. The PHEV Homepage can be used to look at upcoming and past events that have been hosted at Western Michigan University or in the surrounding community. The page also contains links to numerous articles involving PHEV's in the news as well as science and technology write ups. The PHEV Research and Education web page contains information pertaining to the research and data we have obtained from out vehicle.
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