This paper presents a novel transmission mechanism for use in a parallel hybrid vehicle. A parallel hybrid vehicle typically employs two or more power sources to drive a vehicle. For such a vehicle to function properly, a non-conventional transmission mechanism and a microprocessor-based controller are needed to manage the power flow among the various power sources. The transmission mechanism described in this paper can provide a parallel hybrid with thirteen clutching conditions that can be grouped into five major modes of operation, namely, electric motor mode, power mode, CVT/charging mode, engine mode, and regenerative braking mode. The kinematics, statics, and power flow of each mode of operation are analyzed. A numerical example is used to illustrate the principle of operation. Furthermore, a clutching sequence control logic is developed.

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