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KSPG Range Extender

A New pathfinder to Electromobility
  • Jakob Andert
  • Eduard Köhler
  • Jürgen Niehues
  • Gregor Schürmann
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As a modular component of a serial hybrid propulsion concept, the range extender has the technical potential to compensate for the well-known shortcomings of electric vehicles, serving as a bridge technology and paving the way forward for small and very small cars. Customer acceptance here depends heavily on NVH comfort, i.e. noise, vibration and harshness. For this reason, and for the first time, the quiet and low-vibration range extender now being presented by KSPG and FEV features a new roll moment compensation, recently developed by FEV.


In the concept for a plug-in range extender vehicle, an electric traction motor is the primary means of forward propulsion, coupled with a relatively small combustion engine in case of need. The range extender thus constitutes a suitable bridge technology for compensating for the range, heating and air conditioning limitations of battery-powered electric vehicles. This technology is aligned with government policies calling...


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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jakob Andert
    • 1
  • Eduard Köhler
    • 2
  • Jürgen Niehues
    • 2
  • Gregor Schürmann
    • 3
  1. 1.FEV GmbHAachenGermany
  2. 2.KSPG AGNeckarsulmGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Combustion EnginesRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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