Control system for a hybrid vehicle

  • US 8,355,853 B2
  • Filed: 08/07/2008
  • Issued: 01/15/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/29/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A control system for a hybrid vehicle, said control system comprising:

  • a control responsive to an indication of at least one of (a) a geographical location of the hybrid vehicle and (b) a programmed route of travel of the hybrid vehicle;

    wherein said control, responsive to said indication, and when the hybrid vehicle is at a geographical location along a route traveled by the hybrid vehicle and while the hybrid vehicle is traveling along the route, selects at least one of (a) electric-powered propulsion of the hybrid vehicle and (b) non-electric-powered propulsion of the hybrid vehicle; and

    wherein said selection is, at least in part, responsive to at least one of (i) a distance from a current geographical location of the hybrid vehicle, as determined by a global positioning system, to a target destination of the hybrid vehicle, (ii) a current geographical location of the hybrid vehicle, as determined by a global positioning system, being indicative of the hybrid vehicle approaching an urban area, (iii) a current geographical location of the hybrid vehicle, as determined by a global positioning system, being indicative of the hybrid vehicle leaving a highway and (iv) a current geographical location of the hybrid vehicle, as determined by a global positioning system, being indicative of the hybrid vehicle entering a residential area.

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