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After much heated debate over the choice of powertrain, the hybrid design was finally chosen. Initially, it was thought that it was best to use a series design considering the specialties of our group members. With five electrical engineers to three mechanical engineers it made sense to make a design based on … electricity. While the parallel design is a mostly mechanically based design, it makes the most sense to us considering we are competing in a race.

The parallel design is most efficient at high speeds. It also allows us the most instantaneous power as there is a electric motor and ICE coupled mechanically. This is going to be a problem for our MEs because in addition to suspension, braking, and chassis now they have to deal with the powertrain, but the EEs are just going to have to step up and work in areas outside their experience.

Below is a diagram of the power flow in our parallel hybrid design contained within our chassis.

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