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Automotive Hybridisation and Electrification

Automotive hybridisation

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.


Centred on the automotive industry’s motivations for the progressive shift to electrified vehicle technology, you will be empowered to engage with hybrid and electric vehicle technology

This shift is occuring across all segments of the automotive industry, aligned with technology roadmaps, international strategy and forthcoming legislation.

This module examines the motivations, technology, and the various methods of implementation.


  • To understand in detail the motivation, legislation, roadmaps and customer requirements for vehicle hybridisation and electrification.
  • 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.
  • Key issues of component design are studied with a heavy emphasis on control and integration considerations required for the wide range of powertrain architectures associated with these vehicles.
  • Topics are introduced from a practical viewpoint thus allowing the students undertaking this module to be able to interpret and apply the learning to a wide range of practical hybrid and electric vehicle engineering challenges.
  • On completion you will be able to critically evaluate state-of-the-art hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • You will also be able to make sound proposals for the application and development of powertrain architectures, component technology, simulation requirements and tools for optimised control, taking into consideration practical design considerations, integration issues, engineering trade-offs and real-world influences.


  • 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 design.
  • Hybrid and electric vehicle sound scape.


5 days full-time

  • Consisting of lectures, demonstration, syndicate exercises, visits, review

Method of Assessment

Post Module Assignment of c. 4000 words