Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Hybrid Energy Storage Systems for Vehicle Applications

  • Mehrdad Ehsani
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_812

Definition of the Subject

The electric load of a vehicle can be decomposed into two components – static and dynamic load. The static component is slowly varying power with limited magnitude, whereas the dynamic load is fast varying power with large magnitude. The energy storage system, accordingly, comprises of two basic elements. One is energy source to support the static load and other is a power source to support the dynamic load. A smart combination of the available energy storages, which have different characteristics, may result in a high-performance energy storage system.


It is widely agreed that vehicle electrification will lead to revolutionary improvements on vehicle performance, energy resource conservation, and pollution emissions. High-quality energy storage system is one of the most crucial components. Unfortunately, the currently available chemical, electrical, and mechanical energy storage systems, including various kinds of chemical batteries,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical & Computer EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA