ADVISOR: A Systems Analysis Tool for Advanced Vehicle Modeling

Tony Markel, A. Brooker, T. Hendricks, V. Johnson, K. Kelly, B. Kramer, M. O'Keefe, S. Sprik, K. Wipke

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This paper provides an overview of Advanced Vehicle Simulator (ADVISOR) - the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) ADVISOR written in the MATLAB/Simulink environment and developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. ADVISOR provides the vehicle engineering community with an easy-to-use, flexible, yet robust and supported analysis package for advanced vehicle modeling. It is primarily used to quantify the fuel economy, the performance, and the emissions of vehicles that use alternative technologies including fuel cells, batteries, electric motors, and internal combustion engines in hybrid (i.e. multiple power sources) configurations. It excels at quantifying the relative change that can be expected due to the implementation of technology compared to a baseline scenario. ADVISOR's capabilities and limitations are presented and the power source models that are included in ADVISOR are discussed. Finally, several applications of the tool are presented to highlight ADVISOR's functionality. The content of this paper is based on a presentation made at the 'Development of Advanced Battery Engineering Models' workshop held in Crystal City, Virginia in August 2001.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)255-266
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-540-31719


  • Battery
  • Energy storage
  • Fuel cell
  • Hybrid electric vehicle
  • Systems analysis
  • Vehicle modeling
  • Vehicle simulation


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