Hyundai Motor Group has developed a new system that adjusts the performance of an electric commercial vehicle, based on the gross vehicle weight.
It means that an electric vehicle’s torque output can be optimized to maximize estimated remaining range. This reduces potential wheel spin and reduced traction when a vehicle is carrying less payload, increasing commercial efficiency.
Chae Mo Yang, group leader of Eco-Technology Performance Development Group, said: “We are preparing for a future where we will be able to offer commercial EVs that operate at its optimum specifications under any given road condition and regardless of how much payload it is carrying. These vehicles will be very economical to operate.”
The system utilizes acceleration sensors to optimize the vehicle’s settings based on current gross weight estimate.
Through this process, the vehicle estimates the distance it can drive and adjusts its maximum torque output. Specifically, the potential vehicle range estimate is based on the accurate measurement of the current weight and speed of the vehicle, enhancing efficiency for commercial use.
Hyundai Motor Group says it is considering the technology for use on future light duty electric commercial vehicles.