HyDrive - Electric Vehicle Trainer

Brand: Heliocentris Academia
Product Code: 801489


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The HyDrive is a one of a kind hands-on trainer that allows students the opportunity to understand Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV).   Students can explore a multitude of theoretical and practical aspects of FCEV’s and experiment with construction, functionality and benefits of fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles.  

Don’t be fooled by its size, the HyDrive is a replica of the FCEV’s currently being sold by major car manufactures around the world and has major functionality.  Unique to this system are: the filling station, dual energy storage systems (Hydrogen and Supercapacitor), table top “Mini Dyno”, regenerative braking system, and wireless Bluetooth control.  

The HyDrive covers these hybrid electric vehicle topics from standard HEV programs at an introductory to intermediate post-secondary level.  Such as:

Chemistry – Batteries, Super Capacitors, Hydrogen, Fuel Cells
Mechanical – System Architecture, Thermal Management, Power Train, Regenerative Braking
Electrical – Energy Conversion, Circuit Design,
Power – Power systems, Hybrid Design, Smart Grid
 Energy Management – Basic and Advanced System Configurations, Control of Energy Flow
Software – Modelling, Simulation, Drive Mode Simulation, Varying Load Profiles

The system comes with a comprehensive LabVIEW-based software package and experiment guide.  The software allows:

• Complete system control
• Drive mode simulations
• Different load profiles
• Drive cycles
• As well as automatic and manual data acquisition
• Data analysis
• Graphing
• Data export

Simulate and visualize various drive cycles, such as Inner City - Stop-and-Go, Highway, Uphill or Downhill, Supercapacitor Charge and Discharge and Regenerative Braking.  The curriculum package, combined with the software, has been designed for hands-on use of the HyDrive to give students ample opportunity learns key topics concerning HEV’s and FCEV’s.

The HyDrive includes: car chassis, mini-dyno/test bench controller, hydrogen generator/filling station, 5-cell fuel cell stack, super capacitor, on-board hydrogen gas storage tanks, control and data acquisition module, LabVIEW-based software and curriculum materials.

Grade Level Focus

  • University, College, Vocational, and some High School STEM
    • Automotive Training Programs
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Renewable Energy Programs
    • University Outreach Programs
    • Pre-Engineering Programs
  • Technology (STEM) Courses and general renewable energy related courses
  • Often used  by Colleges and University for Outreach
  • Often bundled with Professional and CET

*** Does not include lamp or fan.

***NOTE:  While most often used in higher education institutes, this system can be used at the high school level.  For use in senior level high school programs such as AP Chemistry/Physics, Pre-Engineering, Technology and STEM programs.

Delivery time of 2 to 3 weeks to be expected.

 The one watt 5-cell air-breathing fuel cell stack uses hydrogen and oxygen to generate electrical energy.  The number of cells can be varied to experiment with different levels of output.
  • Power Per Cell: 0.2 W
  • Total Power (5 Cells): 1 W
  • Voltage Max: 1 - 4.5 V
  • Dimensions: 4.9" x 2.4" x 2.7" (125 x 60 x 70 mm)
  • Weight: 10.2 oz (288 g)


 x2 Gas Storage 30
 The two 30 cm³ hydrogen storage canisters serve as a vehicle ‘gas tank’ and are being fueled using the hydrogen produced by the H2 filling station.  The water absorber prevents the fuel  cell from being flooded with distilled water.
  • Volume: 60 cm³/min
  • Dimensions: 2.7" x 3.5" x 1.6" (70 x 90 x 40 mm)
  • Weight: 5.2 oz (148 g)
 The fan increases the inflow of ambient oxygen into the fuel cell stack helping to regulate or boost its performance.
 Allows for the hybridization of the system using recuperated energy to power the vehicle by the capacitor only or in parallel with the fuel cell.
  • Capacity: 3F
  • Dimensions: 2.4" x 0.6" x 1.6" (60 x 15 x 40 mm)
  • Weight: 0.35 oz (10 g)
 Hydrogen Filling Station
 The H2 filling station consists of a 4 V double-membrane electrolyzer that utilizes electricity to decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen.  The produced hydrogen is being stored inside the  80 cm³ hydrogen canister and is being used to fuel the electric vehicle.
  • Hydrogen Production: 30 cm³/min
  • Voltage Max: 4 V
  • Current Max: 1919 mA
  • Dimensions: 1.6" x 2.2" x 2.2" (42 x 56 x 57 mm)
  • Weight: 2.2 oz (63 g)
 Test Bench Controller
 The test bench emulates the road (i.e. rolling resistance), allowing for the simulation of typical load profiles and individual drive cycles (e.g. inner city stop-and-go vs. highway).
  • E-Load Current Max: Up to 1A
  • Power Supply Electrolyzer Voltage Max: Up to 5V
  • Dimensions: 12.8" x 4.1" x 4.9" (325 x 105 x 125 mm)
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds (1 kg)


 Energy Management Board
 This central control unit allows for wireless Bluetooth activated system navigation (e.g. for regulating the vehicle velocity, the electrolyzer, or the supercapacitor recuperation ratio) as well as  data measurement and acquisition (e.g. individual cell voltages).
  • Wireless Communication Frequency: Bluetooth BLE 2.4 GHz
  • Dimensions: 3.9" x 0.8" x 3" (100 x 20 x 75 mm)
  • Weight: 1.8 oz (50 g)


 HyDrive (Assembled)
  • Permissible Ambient Operational Temperature: 10 - 35°C
  • Dimensions: 18.5" x 6.2" x 16.7" (469 x 157 x 425 mm)
  • Weight: Approx. 22 pounds (10 kg)


The HyDrive Electric Vehicle Trainer will cover the following theoretical and practical topics in the included experiment guide:
1. Construction and functionality of an electric motor. Difference between a motor/engine and a generator - can an engine be used as a generator? Do electric motors require a high initial current?
2. What is the performance / power output of the electric motor? Characteristic curve of the motor; how high is the initial current of the engine? Measuring the recuperation-level in generator-mode.
3. Construction and functionality of a fuel cell; construction of a stack from separate FC elements; high-voltage vehicles.
4. Current-Voltage curve of the fuel cell stack; performance - MPP; maximum current/voltage.
5. H2-consumption [max / min]; electrical efficiency
6. Variation of cell quantity; comparison of performance - 5-cell stack vs single-cell
7. Influence of air [in]flow on stack performance; demonstrating the 'stack effect' / additional ventilation
8. Construction and functionality of an electrolyzer; construction of a stack from separate electrolyzer-elements; using hydrogen and safety aspects.
9. Hydrogen generation at the maximum power point – what is the rate of H2-generation?
10. Current-Voltage curve of the electrolyzer; maximum current/voltage.
11. Electrolyzer efficiency; H2 production as a function of time.
12. Construction and functionality of a battery / SuperCap. Storage of electricity
13. Examining how to load / discharge a SuperCap; storage capacity; discharge - current and voltage
14. Braking energy - charging the SuperCap
15. Electric motor powered by the SuperCap or the Fuel Cell Stack vs SuperCap + Fuel Cell Stack in used conjunction [parallel hybrid]; differences in driving characteristics and generated data
16. Simulating typical load profiles - city [stop and go] vs highway / uphill vs downhill / plain
17. Setting up / programing individual load profiles and driving cycles
18. Simulating load profiles -> data generation / evaluating driving cycles
19. Determining the cost of/for 100km battery + e-motor AND fuel cell + e-motor; theoretical comparison with traditional combustion engines - e.g. for 1kg H2/100km compared to x l (gasoline)/100km; comparison of the energy content of H2 vs gasoline; can the cost of using H2 vs gasoline be compared?
20. How the HyDrive must be configured in order to achieve maximum range [depending on weight, tire width, parallel hybrid vs powered by fuel cell only, adjusted acceleration and power - constant or variable?]


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