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Simulink Model to Calculate Vehicle Speed


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Develop a Simulink model to display Vehicle Speed and distance covered for any electric vehicle.


Here I am considering the Ola S1 electric scooter.


 Ola S1 Specs:

Mass (kerb + passenger), m 120 + 80 = 200kg
Air drag coefficient, Cd 0.6
Frontal area, A 0.712 * 0.116 = 0.83 m^2
Rolling resistance coefficient, Crr 0.015
Tyre radius, r 0.3 m  (110/70 – R12)
Motor torque (max), T 58 Nm

Theory behind

                                      Fig 1. Forces acting on a vehicle

The total tractive force acting on a EV can be represented as below:

Ftrac = Faero + Fgrad + Facc + Froll


Faero = aerodynamic drag force =   0.5 * ρ * V^2 * A * Cd


ρ = Air density, that is normally 1.25 kg/m^3. 

A = Frontal area of the vehicle in m^2 

Cd = Air drag co-efficient of the vehicle (It depends on frontal area, shape, protrusions, ducts, air passage etc.) 

V = Velocity of the vehicle in m/s

Fgrad = force due to gradient = m * g * sinφ 


m = Total mass of the vehicle(vehicle mass + payload) in kg 

g = Gravitational constant that is 9.8 m/s^2 

φ = up gradient angle or inclination angle in radian In this case up gradient angle(φ) = 0, as there is no inclination.

Froll = force due to rolling resistance = Crr * m * g


Crr= Rolling resistance co-efficient (It depends on the tire material, tire structure, tire temperature, road roughness, road material etc.) 

m= Total mass of the vehicle( Vehicle mass+ payload) 

g = gravitational constant , that is 9.8 m/s^2

Facc = acceleration force = m * a


m = Total mass of the vehicle(vehicle mass + payload) in kg 

a = vehicle acceleration in m/s^2 


Torque & force relation


Torque, T = Ftrac * r


Ftrac = total tractive force

r = tyre radius


Software used



Simulink Model

          Fig 2. Variable values assigned for model simulation


                                 Fig 3. Simulink main model


                         Fig 4. Subsystem for rolling resistance calculation


                           Fig 5. Subsystem for gradient force calculation


                          Fig 6. Subsystem for aerodynamic drag force calculation



Simulation output for 500 seconds duration:

                          Fig 7. Logged simulation signal waveforms

Final speed of the vehicle = 82.62 km/hr

Total distance covered = 11.03 km


Here we have designed a closed loop system to derive the speed of the vehicle based on the given parameter values. Dividing the Motor torque by wheel radius we are able to calculate the traction force of the vehicle, then subtracting other forces from the total tractive force we have calculated Inertia of the vehicle. From there we derived the acceleration of the vehicle. Then after that after integrating the acceleration we are able to get the speed and finally after 2nd integration we have calculated the distance covered by the vehicle. 


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