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Next-generation Automotive Propulsion Technology

This is a course module on the Full/Part Time MSc in Sustainable Automotive Engineering and as part of the Part Time TAS JLR scheme.


This module provides a comprehensive study of propulsion technology for hybrid and electric vehicle applications in the automotive industry: electric machines and their associated control mechanisms and strategies.

Students will gain experience of electric machine design and performance testing through practical sessions in the WMG Energy Innovation Centre through classroom based problem classes.


  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of advanced vehicle propulsion technology for hybrid and electric vehicle applications.
  • To systematically evaluate this technology with understanding embedded through practical experience of electric machine energy consumption, component characteristics and loss mechanisms.
  • To independently make sound original design decisions for feasible next-generation solutions to real-world problems.


  • Hybrid powertrain integration and electric machine design.
  • Electric machine types and characteristics.
  • Use of power electronics for effective control of torque production in electric machines.
  • Testing methods for robustness and safety.
  • The future of propulsion technology in the automotive industry.
  • Extended practical: Electric machine characterisation and efficiency evaluation.
  • Extended practical: Electric machine control and the control system interface.
  • Extended problem class: Electric machine classification and control strategies.


5 days full-time

Consisting of lectures, workshops/practicals, demonstrations, problem classess, syndicate exercises, review

Method of Assessment

Post Module Assignment of c. 4000 words