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Automotive Hybridisation and Electrification

With the automotive industry's progressive shift to electrified vehicles, do you want to be empowered to engage with hybrid and electric vehicle technology?


This module provides a comprehensive study of vehicle hybridisation and electrification in the automotive sector. You will explore industry motivation, legislation, roadmaps, and customer requirements in detail. Techniques enabling the derivation of vehicle energy and power requirements are applied and the enabling technology is introduced from the perspective of alignment with those requirements. You will study key issues of component design, with emphasis on control and integration considerations required for the wide range of powertrain architectures associated with these vehicles.

What will you study?

The module will be delivered through lectures covering theory and practical examples, as well as group exercises. Topics will include:

  • Motivation for hybrid and electric vehicles: engineering case, legislative push, incentives, market pull
  • Hybrid and electric vehicle component characteristics and key design attributes of enabling technology: energy
    storage, power electronics and electric machines
  • Hybrid vehicle powertrain architectures, contrasting case studies and the architecture selection process
  • Mathematical derivation of energy and power requirements for specific vehicle use cases
  • Fuel economy and energy assessment over legislative and real-world driving cycles
  • Sub-optimal and optimised supervisory control strategies for off-line and real-time energy management
  • Human factors and the human machine interface
  • Regenerative braking systems
  • System integration for whole vehicle requirements-based
  • Hybrid and electric vehicle soundscape

On completion, as a successful participant you should
expect to be able to:

  • Critically evaluate state of the art hybrid and electric
  • Make sound proposals for the application and development of: powertrain architectures, component technology, simulation requirements and tools for optimised control, practical design considerations, integration issues, engineering trade-offs and real world influences