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State of charge (SOC) is the equivalent of a fuel gauge for a battery pack in an electric vehicle. Determining the state of charge is thus particularly important for electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid EVs, or portable devices. The aim of this innovative study is to estimate the SOC of a high-capacity lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery cell from an experimental dataset obtained in the University of Oviedo Battery Laboratory using the multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS) technique. An accurate predictive model able to forecast the SOC in the short term is obtained and it is a first step using the MARS technique to estimate the SOC of batteries. The agreement of the MARS model with the experimental dataset confirmed the goodness of fit for a limited range of SOC (25-90% SOC) and for a simple dynamic data profile [constant-current (CC) constant-voltage charge-CC discharge].
Date of Publication: Aug. 2013