To help optimize vehicle range in electric cars, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have decided to design an eco-routing system which chooses directions based on fuel consumption.
Variables such as weight, hill grade, traffic and weather conditions are being looked at by the group to see exactly the kind of effect they can have on fuel mileage. After taking these into account, the researchers believe that they can improve range by up to 10 percent in electric vehicles. And although only EVs are discussed by the group, an eco-routing system could improve range in any vehicle.
Thanks to a grant from the California Energy Commission, the researchers at of UC Riverside are already gathering data to create the app.