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Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Technology Trends, Challenges and Opportunities—2nd Edition

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "E: Electric Vehicles".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 1335

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Department of Natural Resources Development and Agricultural Engineering, School of Environment and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 75 Iera Odos Street, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: microgrids; electric vehicles; renewable energy; decentralized energy management system; multi-agent systems; smart grids; computational intelligence approaches; energy management and control of energy systems
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Department of Natural Resources Development and Agricultural Engineering, School of Environment and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 75 Iera Odos Street, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: process control; computational intelligence; automation in agriculture; wireless sensor networks; microgrids’ management
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Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of West Attica, 12244 Athens, Greece
Interests: wireless sensors networks; embedded systems; wearables; sensors; renewable resources systems; automotive; and autonomous vehicles design; Internet of Things; data acquisition; cyber–physical systems; autonomous vehicles; hardware design; smart agriculture; energy management
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Dear Colleagues,

Electric vehicles (EVs) have attracted global interest in science and industry as they are expected to be the future of transportation in the coming years. The global stock of electric vehicles is expected to reach 130 million by 2030. The increased number of EVs entails a set of important questions about the operation, stability, feasibility, and power quality of energy systems. In addition, the transition to electric road transport technologies requires new trends in the design and control of electric vehicles to offer improved performances and capabilities, such as fuel efficiency, extended range, and fast-charging options. Moreover, the low autonomy of EVs calls for the development of sustainable controlled charging processes and easily accessible charging networks. Finally, the expected significant growth in global electricity demand due to the increased number of EVs leads to the modernization of energy grids, such as the adoption of green renewable energy sources and energy storage systems that can improve the reliability of electric power systems. For this Special Issue on “Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Technology Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities—2nd Edition”, we warmly invite the submission of original comprehensive reviews, case studies, and research articles on any topic related to the theme of the call.

Dr. Christos-Spyridon Karavas
Dr. Konstantinos G. Arvanitis
Dr. Athanasios Karlis
Dr. Dimitrios Piromalis
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Keywords

  • electric vehicles
  • charging stations
  • smart grids
  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency and demand response
  • energy storage systems
  • power quality
  • vehicle dynamics
  • motion control
  • vehicle stability control
  • environmental issues
  • life-cycle assessment

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Power Consumption Analysis of a Prototype Lightweight Autonomous Electric Cargo Robot in Agricultural Field Operation Scenarios
by Dimitrios Loukatos, Vasileios Arapostathis, Christos-Spyridon Karavas, Konstantinos G. Arvanitis and George Papadakis
Energies 2024, 17(5), 1244; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17051244 - 5 Mar 2024
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The continuous growth of the urban electric vehicles market and the rapid progress of the electronics industry create positive prospects towards fostering the development of autonomous robotic solutions for covering critical production sectors. Agriculture can be seen as such, as its digital transformation [...] Read more.
The continuous growth of the urban electric vehicles market and the rapid progress of the electronics industry create positive prospects towards fostering the development of autonomous robotic solutions for covering critical production sectors. Agriculture can be seen as such, as its digital transformation is a promising necessity for protecting the environment, and for tackling the degradation of natural resources and increasing nutritional needs of the population on Earth. Many studies focus on the potential of agricultural robotic vehicles to perform operations of increased intelligence. In parallel, the study of the activity footprint of these vehicles can be the basis for supervising, detecting the malfunctions, scaling up, modeling, or optimizing the related operations. In this regard, this work, employing a prototype lightweight autonomous electric cargo vehicle, outlines a simple and cost-effective mechanism for a detailed robot’s power consumption logging. This process is conducted at a fine time granularity, allowing for detailed tracking. The study also discusses the robot’s energy performance across various typical agricultural field operation scenarios. In addition, a comparative analysis has been conducted to evaluate the performance of two different types of batteries for powering the robot for all the operation scenarios. Even non-expert users can conduct the field operation experiments, while directions are provided for the potential use of the data being collected. Given the linear relationship between the size and the consumption of electric robotic vehicles, the energy performance of the prototype agricultural cargo robot can serve as a basis for various studies in the area. Full article
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