Urb-e, a prototype by ENEA for a hybrid city car

Ennio Rossi, Carlo Villante

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Mobility in modern metropolitan cities is plagued by overcrowding producing congestion, low transit speed, fuel consumption, air pollution, parking problems. One of the causes of these phenomena is the growing market-share of vehicles having an excessive size with respect to their more frequent use. Technological and commercial development of vehicles specifically conceived for urban use, and therefore limited in size, not exuberant in performance, with low fuel consumption and low emissions would be certainly more desirable. Hybrid drive trains are particularly suited to this purpose: properly designed minimal thermal engines can fit for the application, giving an electrical driving option when required, and consuming and polluting very few. The prototype shown in this paper has been specifically conceived to be a city car with a so-called "series hybrid" traction architecture, being a living example of how, by combining appropriate and available technologies, modern components, and careful planning, it is possible to achieve results useful for the user and for the community.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventGlobal Powertrain Congress 2010, GPC 2010 MUNICH - , Germany
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


ConferenceGlobal Powertrain Congress 2010, GPC 2010 MUNICH
Period1/1/10 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Rossi, E., & Villante, C. (2010). Urb-e, a prototype by ENEA for a hybrid city car. Paper presented at Global Powertrain Congress 2010, GPC 2010 MUNICH, Germany.