The deployment of electric and hybrid electric vehicle is accounted to be the most feasible solution for lowering the transportation sector pollution emissions and energy consumption. However, the transition to electrified mobility is not behind the corner and many challenges, such as battery recharging issues, free-carbon electricity and grid sustainability, remain unsolved. A sustainable solution, also from a Life-Cycle Assessment perspective, is the conversion of existing vehicles into hybrid solar cars. In this study, the latest updates of the LIFE-SAVE project for the development of an aftermarket kit for vehicles hybridization are presented. In particular, the application of the Pontryagin's Minimum Principles for the optimal control of a transformed vehicle is presented. Results show that fuel economy on the vehicle both in charge sustaining and in charge depleting operations are improved by about 1% and 13%, respectively.
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