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Powertrain Models

Malen-Geyer Parsimonious Powertrain Models

Malen-Geyer Parsimonious Powertrain Model measure lightweighting impacts on vehicle powertrain performance.Download the PHEV and BEV Powertrain Models and User Guide.

Download the ICE Powertrain Model and User Guide.

The use of Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) grades offer a means to lightweight a vehicle. Among the benefits of this lightweighting are less fuel used over the vehicle life, and better acceleration performance. Vehicle designers as well as Greenhouse gas analysts are interested in estimating these benefits early in the vehicle design process.

Dr. Donald Malen, University of Michigan, and Dr. Roland Geyer, University of California at Santa Barbara, have developed  a set of Parsimonious Powertrain Models that provide a way to estimate lightweighting benefits with minimum inputs.. Parsimony is the principle that the best model is the one that requires the fewest assumptions while still providing adequate estimates. These Excel spreadsheet models cover Internal Combustion powertrains, Battery Electric Vehicles, and Plug-in Electric Vehicles, and predict fuel consumption and acceleration performance based on a small set of inputs. Inputs include vehicle characteristics (mass, drag coefficient, frontal area, rolling resistance), powertrain characteristics (fuel conversion efficiency, gear ratios, gear train efficiency), and fuel consumption driving cycle. Model outputs include estimates for fuel consumption, acceleration, and a visitation map.

The download above includes the following Models:

  • Parsimonious Powertrain Modeling—internal combustion vehicles and Related User Guide
  • Parsimonious Powertrain Modeling—electric vehicles and Related User Guide

To learn more about the Model use and application, please see the following resources:

The infographic following provides the basic process used in the Powertrain Models:

Malen-Geyer Parsimonious Powertrain Models basic process for calculating powertrain performance.