Since version 0.24.0 SUMO includes a model for electric vehicles. It was implemented by Tamás Kurczveil and Pablo Álvarez López from the TU-Braunschweig. The core of the model is implemented in the vehicle device device.battery. Additional features are a charging station (which can be placed on any lane in the network) and a new output option --battery-output <FILE>.

You can find a test case for these implementations at [1]

Defining Electric Vehicles#

Different aspects of electric vehicles are modeled separately. This page puts the focus on modeling the battery and how it is charged and discharged. The actual energy consumption values themselves are part of the emission modelling because SUMO can use different models for that.

To track the charging status of a vehicle, it must be equipped with a battery device. This may be done using the option --device.battery.explicit <vehID1,vehID2,...> or simply setting --device.battery.probability 1 to equip all vehicles. Alternatively, the device may be specified using Generic vehicle parameters.

Additional properties of the vehicle and its electrical components must then be defined via parameters of the vehicle or its type.

These values have the following meanings (the defaults are from the Kia below):

key Value Type Default Description
maximumBatteryCapacity float 35000 (Wh) Maximum battery capacity Emax
maximumPower float 150000 (W) Maximum power which the vehicle can reach (unused)
vehicleMass float 1830 (kg) Vehicle mass mveh (deprecated)
loading float 0 (kg) Additional mass
frontSurfaceArea float 2.6 (m2) Front surface area Aveh
airDragCoefficient float 0.35 Air drag coefficient cw
rotatingMass float 40 (kg) (Equivalent) mass of internal rotating elements
radialDragCoefficient float 0.1 Radial drag coefficient crad
rollDragCoefficient float 0.01 Rolling resistance coefficient croll
constantPowerIntake float 100 (W) Avg. (constant) power of consumers Pconst
propulsionEfficiency float 0.98 Drive efficiency ηprop
recuperationEfficiency float 0.96 Recuperation efficiency ηrecup
stoppingThreshold float 0.1 (m/s) Maximum velocity to start charging
device.battery.maximumChargeRate float 150000 (W) Maximum charging rate of the battery
device.battery.chargeLevelTable float list Ordered list of state of charge values (from 0 to 1) for which maximum charge rates are defined in device.battery.chargeCurveTable
device.battery.chargeCurveTable float list Corresponding maximum charge rates to each state of charge value in device.battery.chargeLevelTable


Before SUMO 1.20.0 the rotatingMass was called internalMomentOfInertia but it has been renamed to make clear that it is a mass and not a moment of inertia. The old parameter is considered deprecated. Also the vehicleMass has been deprecated in favor of the new mass attribute.

An example of a vehicle with electric attribute (those are the values for a city bus from the original publication):

    <vType id="ElectricBus" accel="1.0" decel="1.0" length="12" maxSpeed="100.0" sigma="0.0" minGap="2.5" mass="10000" color="1,1,1">
        <param key="has.battery.device" value="true"/>
        <param key="maximumBatteryCapacity" value="2000"/>
        <param key="maximumPower" value="1000"/>
        <param key="frontSurfaceArea" value="5"/>
        <param key="airDragCoefficient" value="0.6"/>
        <param key="rotatingMass" value="100"/>
        <param key="radialDragCoefficient" value="0.5"/>
        <param key="rollDragCoefficient" value="0.01"/>
        <param key="constantPowerIntake" value="100"/>
        <param key="propulsionEfficiency" value="0.9"/>
        <param key="recuperationEfficiency" value="0.9"/>
        <param key="stoppingThreshold" value="0.1"/>
        <param key="device.battery.maximumChargeRate" value="150000"/>

If a vehicle has a battery device (and is not tracking fuel) and no explicit emissionClass is defined, it will be assigned the emission class Energy/unknown. It will not use the default emission class derived from the vehicle class then. This is for backward compatibility and will issue a warning because in general it is preferable to set the emission class explicitly. Most of the parameters above do actually apply to this emission class and not to the battery device itself.

The initial energy content of the battery (by default 0.5*maximumBatteryCapacity) can be set in the vehicle definitions

    <vehicle id="0" type="type1" depart="0" color="1,0,0">
        <param key="actualBatteryCapacity" value="500"/>

The charging rate of the battery at a charging station is limited to model the effects of battery management controllers (e.g. charge a nearly full battery less than an nearly empty one). There are two ways to define the maximum charge rate: For a constant rate set the attribute device.battery.maximumChargeRate. If instead a maximum charge rate depending on the state of charge is wanted, it can be defined through data points between which the rate will get interpolated. The states of charge have to be given in device.battery.chargeLevelTableand the corresponding charge rates indevice.battery.chargeCurveTable. If defined, the maximum charge curve takes precedence over the constant maximum charge ratedevice.battery.maximumChargeRate`. An example definition where the charge rate decreases above 50% state of charge looks like the following:

    <vehicle id="0" type="type1" depart="0" color="1,0,0">
        <param key="device.battery.chargeLevelTable" value="0 0.5 1"/>
        <param key="device.battery.chargeCurveTable" value="45000 45000 20000"/>

Vehicle behavior#

By default, vehicle behavior will not be affected by battery level. Car will keep driving even when their battery capacity is at 0. To avoid this, either TraCI must be used to change speed or route based on the current battery level or the stationfinder device can be configured to monitor the battery capacity.

Charging Stations#

A charging station is a surface defined on a lane in which the vehicles equipped with a battery are charged. The basic structure and parameters of bus stops were used for the implementation of charging stations.

key Value Type Value range Default Description
id string id Charging station ID (Must be unique)
name string simple String Charging station name. This is only used for visualization purposes.
lane string valid lane id Lane of the charging station location
startPos float lane.length < x < lane.length (negative values count backwards from the end of the lane) 0 Begin position in the specified lane
endPos float lane.length < x < lane.length (negative values count backwards from the end of the lane) End position in the specified lane
friendlyPos bool true or false false Whether invalid charging station positions should be corrected automatically
power float (W) or (mg/s) power > 0 0 Charging power Pchrg (If the battery device being charged is configured to track fuel, charging power will be interpreted as mg/s)
efficiency float 0 <= efficiency <= 1 0.95 Charging efficiency ηchrg
chargeInTransit bool true or false false Enable or disable charge in transit, i.e. vehicle is forced/not forced to stop for charging
chargeDelay float chargeDelay > 0 0 Time delay after the vehicles have reached / stopped on the charging station, before the energy transfer (charging) is starting
chargeType string normal Charging type (normal, electric, fuel)
parkingArea string valid parkingArea id id of the parking the charging station should be positioned on (optional) - vehicles will only charge after reaching the parking

Charging stations are defined in additional using the following format:

    <chargingStation chargeDelay="2" chargeInTransit="0" power="200000" efficiency="0.95" endPos="25" id="cS_2to19_0a" lane="2to19_0" startPos="10"/>

And are represented in the simulation as shown:

Representation of chargingStation in GUI

Color of chargingStation during charge

Stopping at a Charging Station#

A stop at a charging station may occur due to traffic conditions, stopping at a defined location or stopping at an explicit chargingStation as defined below:

    <vehicle id="v0" route="route0" depart="0">
        <stop chargingStation="myChargingStationID" until="50"/>

Charging Station output#

Option --chargingstations-output chargingstations.xml generates a full report of energy charged by charging stations:

    <battery-output value="battery.xml"/>
    <chargingstations-output value="chargingstations.xml"/>

File chargingstations.xml has the following structure:

    <chargingStation id="CS1" totalEnergyCharged="71.25" chargingSteps="27">
        <vehicle id="veh0" type="ElectricVehicle1" totalEnergyChargedIntoVehicle="15.83" chargingBegin="12.00" chargingEnd="17.00">
            <step time="12.00" chargingStatus="chargingStopped" energyCharged="2.64" partialCharge="2.64" power="10000.00" efficiency="0.95" actualBatteryCapacity="12962.97" maximumBatteryCapacity="35000.00"/>
            <step time="13.00" chargingStatus="chargingStopped" energyCharged="2.64" partialCharge="5.28" power="10000.00" efficiency="0.95" actualBatteryCapacity="12965.59" maximumBatteryCapacity="35000.00"/>
            <step time="14.00" chargingStatus="chargingStopped" energyCharged="2.64" partialCharge="7.92" power="10000.00" efficiency="0.95" actualBatteryCapacity="12968.22" maximumBatteryCapacity="35000.00"/>
        <vehicle id="veh1" type="ElectricVehicle2" totalEnergyChargedIntoVehicle="5.28" chargingBegin="17000" chargingEnd="18000">
            <step time="17.00" chargingStatus="chargingStopped" energyCharged="2.64" partialCharge="18.47" power="10000.00" efficiency="0.95" actualBatteryCapacity="11967.35" maximumBatteryCapacity="35000.00"/>
            <step time="18.00" chargingStatus="chargingStopped" energyCharged="2.64" partialCharge="21.11" power="10000.00" efficiency="0.95" actualBatteryCapacity="12978.72" maximumBatteryCapacity="35000.00"/>


For the entire ChargingStation:

Name Type Description
id string ChargingStation ID
totalEnergyCharged float Total energy charged in Wh during the entire simulation
chargingSteps int Number of steps in which chargingStation was charging energy

For the current charging vehicle

Name Type Description
id string ID of vehicle that is charging in these charging stop
type string type of vehicle
totalEnergyChargedIntoVehicle double Energy charged (in Wh) during these charging stop
chargingBegin float TimeStep in which vehicle starts with the charge (in seconds)
chargingEnd float TimeStep in which vehicle ends with the charge (in seconds)

For every charging timeStep:

Name Type Description
time float Current timestep (s)
chargingStatus string Current charging status (Charging, waiting to charge o not charging)
energyCharged float Energy charged in current timeStep
partialCharge float Energy charged by ChargingStation from begin of simulation to this timeStep
power float Current power of ChargingStation
efficiency float Current efficiency of ChargingStation
actualBatteryCapacity string Current battery capacity of vehicle
maximumBatteryCapacity string Current maximum battery capacity of vehicle


There are three output parameters to be set in the SUMO configuration to use the battery device:

        <net-file value="netFile.xml"/>
        <route-files value="routeFile.xml"/>
        <additional-files value="additionalFile.xml"/>
        <battery-output value="Battery.out.xml"/>
        <battery-output.precision value="4"/>
        <device.battery.probability value="1"/>
        <summary-output value="summary_100.xml"/>

The battery-output generates a file with this structure:

    <timestep time="0.00">
        <vehicle id="vehicle01" energyConsumed="0.00" totalEnergyConsumed="0.00" totalEnergyRegenerated="0.00"
            actualBatteryCapacity="17500.00" maximumBatteryCapacity="35000.00"
            chargingStationId="NULL" energyCharged="0.00" energyChargedInTransit="0.00" energyChargedStopped="0.00"
            speed="12.92" acceleration="0.00" x="1428.27" y="25.57" lane="01to02_0"
            posOnLane="0.00" timeStopped="0"/>
        <vehicle id=..... */
    <timestep time="1.00">
        <vehicle id=.....
    <timestep time=...
Name Type Description
time int Current timestep
id string id of vehicle
energyConsumed double energy consumption in this timestep in Wh
totalEnergyConsumed double cumulative sum of energy consumption up to this timestep in Wh
totalEnergyRegenerated double cumulative sum of regenerated energy up to this timestep in Wh
actualBatteryCapacity double energy content of the battery in this timestep
maximumBatteryCapacity double Max energy capacity of the battery
chargingStationId string If vehicle is exactly at a charging station, this value is the id of the charging station, in other case, is NULL
energyCharged double Charge received in the current time step from a charging station (Only != 0 if vehicle is exactly at a charging station)
energyChargedInTransit double Charge that a vehicle in transit received in the current time step from a charging station
energyChargedStopped double Charge that a stopped vehicle received in the current time step from a charging station
speed double Speed of vehicle in this timestep
acceleration double Acceleration of vehicle in this timestep
x double absolute position x of vehicle in the map
y double absolute position y of vehicle in the map
lane string id of the lane that the vehicle is currently on
posOnLane double Position of vehicle on its current lane
timeStopped int Counter with the number of timesteps that the vehicle has remained standing

Emission Output#

The Emission model-outputs of SUMO can be used together with the battery device when setting the <vType>-parameter emissionClass="Energy/unknown".

Tracking fuel consumption for non-electrical vehicles#

By setting option --device.battery.track-fuel, equipped vehicles with a conventional drive train (emissionClass other than Energy) will monitor their fuel level based on the fuel consumption of their respective emission class. All capacity values are then interpreted as mg instead of Wh. Also, the chargingStation power is re-interpreted as mg/s when charging fuel.


The internal state of the battery device can be accessed directly using traci.vehicle.getParameter and traci.vehicle.setParameter. Charging stations can be inspected and updated using the respective getter and setter functions inside traci.chargingstation.

Furthermore, the function traci.vehicle.getElectricityConsumption() can be used to access the consumption of the vehicle if the emissionClass="Energy/unknown" is declared.

Calculating the remaining Range:#

After the vehicle has been driving for a while, the remaining range can be computed based on previous consumption and distance:

mWh = traci.vehicle.getDistance(vehID) / float(traci.vehicle.getParameter(vehID, "device.battery.totalEnergyConsumed"))
remainingRange = float(traci.vehicle.getParameter(vehID, "device.battery.actualBatteryCapacity")) * mWh

To compute the remaining range on departure, the value of mWh (meters per Watt-hour) should be calibrated from a prior simulation.

Reducing the power of a charging station:#

If too many consumers connect to the eletrical grid, it may not be able to supply the nominal power of the charging station. A temporary power drop of 20% can be modeled using the following sample code:

prevPower = traci.chargingstation.getPower(chargingStationID) # remember for restoring the full power later
traci.chargingstation.setPower(chargingStationID, prevPower * 0.8)

Model Details#

All information about the implemented device (including details on the vehicle energy consumption and charging model) can be found in the following publication.


Example Configurations#

Kia Soul EV 2020#

The values are provided by courtesy of Jim Div based on his own calibration.

<vType id="soulEV65" minGap="2.50" maxSpeed="29.06" color="white" accel="1.0" decel="1.0" sigma="0.0" emissionClass="Energy/unknown">
    <param key="has.battery.device" value="true"/>
    <param key="airDragCoefficient" value="0.35"/>       <!-- https://www.evspecifications.com/en/model/e94fa0 -->
    <param key="constantPowerIntake" value="100"/>       <!-- observed summer levels -->
    <param key="frontSurfaceArea" value="2.6"/>          <!-- computed (ht-clearance) * width -->
    <param key="rotatingMass" value="40"/>               <!-- guesstimate, inspired by PHEMlight5 PC_BEV -->
    <param key="maximumBatteryCapacity" value="64000"/>
    <param key="maximumPower" value="150000"/>           <!-- website as above -->
    <param key="propulsionEfficiency" value=".98"/>      <!-- guesstimate value providing closest match to observed -->
    <param key="radialDragCoefficient" value="0.1"/>     <!-- as above -->
    <param key="recuperationEfficiency" value=".96"/>    <!-- as above -->
    <param key="rollDragCoefficient" value="0.01"/>      <!-- as above -->
    <param key="stoppingThreshold" value="0.1"/>         <!-- as above -->
    <param key="vehicleMass" value="1830"/>              <!-- 1682kg curb wt + average 2 passengers / bags -->

Observations: - Simulation efficiencies of 6.3 - 6.7 km driven per kWh consumed agree with measured efficiencies of 6.4 - 6.8 (stddev 0.4 - 0.8) in short and medium range simulations with realistic traffic - abstract scenarios without junctions and other cars overestimate the efficiency by a large factor (~ twice as many km/kWh)