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Sep 11, 2018

IEEE-VTS Motor Vehicles Challenge 2019

Energy Management of a dual-mode locomotive
Category: General
Posted by: EmrAdmin

The Vehicular Technology Society is proud to bring the SNCF in the Motor Vehicles Challenge adventure and to launch the IEEE VTS Motor Vehicles Challenge 2019: Energy Management of a dual-mode locomotive.


  • First prize: $3000 grant to attend the IEEE Vehicular Power & Propulsion Conference 2018 in Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • Second prize $1500 grant to attend the IEEE Vehicular Power & Propulsion Conference 2018 in Hanoi (Vietnam)

Important dates:

  • September 30th 2018: closing date for registration, you can start to work right now! The participation is free !
  • December 15th 2018: Energy Management Strategy submission deadline
  • February 2019 : Results

In October 2016, a first international challenge devoted to the energy management of a fuel cell/battery vehicle was launched during the 2016 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (50 participants from 14 countries). Following the success of this first initiative, IEEE VTS and US DOE Argonne National Laboratory has proposed a second challenge focused on the energy management of a Range Extender Electric Vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt (98 participants from 19 countries). Today, for this third edition, we are very proud to bring a railway transportation challenge with the SNCF (the French railway company). Both Academic and Professional teams are welcomed to participate in this challenge.

The locomotive is powered by an overhead line through a catenary or on-board fuel cell with battery and supercapacitors. The challenge is to propose an Energy Management Strategy (EMS) to reduce the hydrogen and electricity purchase costs, to reduce the hydrogen consumption and to increase the lifetime of energy storage systems. In this way, a validated vehicle model and control will be provided to the challenge participants.

The top scoring participants will be distinguished and invited to present their results in a special session at the 2019 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Download for free:

  • a validated model and control of a dual-mode locomotive
  • a first performant energy management

The challenge is open to everyone (academics, students, industrials, etc).
Participation to the challenge is free. However, only the VTS members at the moment of the registration will opt to receive the awards:

Compete with the best teams from around the world!

All the technical and practical information are available on:

The Challenge Committee.
Dr. Walter Lhomme, Dr. Samir Jemeï, Prof. Loïc Boulon, Prof. Alain Bouscayrol, Frédéric Chauvet, Dr. Tony Letrouvé, Prof. Zheng Chen and Florian Tournez

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