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Hybrid Electric Vehicles


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

The primary objective of the course is to introduce architectures and technologies associated with electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles including their constituent components. Specific topics include electric and hybrid electric drive trains, energy storage (batteries/ ultra capacitors), electromechanical energy conversion (induction and permanent magnet motors and generators), power electronics, vehicle-level modeling and control, and optimization.


The course will be divided into three sections (modules), each with a project and exam. The topics covered in each module are:
I. Tractive power requirements, motivation for hybridization, and vehicle architectures
II. Electromechanical power conversion, power electronics, and control
III. Electrochemical power conversion (aka batteries), vehicular-level power electronics, and power management strategies

Topics Covered:

Lectures Topic
6 Powertrain fundamentals
7 Vehicle architectures (series, parallel, split torque)
1 Exam 1
2 Review of basic physics (electromechanics)
4 Permanent-magnet ac machine and control
5 Induction machine and control
3 Switched-reluctance machine and control
1 Exam 2
7 Battery characteristics, limitations, and management
2 Vehicular-level power electronics
4 Power/energy manangement stratregies
2 Review
Exam 3


ECE 321 and ECE 433 or graduate standing

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Homework will not be collected or graded. Sample problems with self-check answers will be provided.


There will be three projects. Information on the projects and instructions on how to submit them will be posted later. Projects contribute to 60% of the final grade. Typed reports will be graded on basis of correctness of results, supporting analysis, documentation of computer models, and discussion of results.


Exam I - (20% of the overall mark), Exam II: (20% of the overall mark)


C. Mi, A. Masrur, and D. W. Gao, Hybrid Electric Vehicles with Practical Perspectives, IEEE/Wiley, 2018 (Second Edition). You may download pdf copy through Purdue Libraries website.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements: