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Introduction to Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Propulsion

Introduction to Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Propulsion

1 day
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?


    • Engineers and technical staff wishing to increase their knowledge in the field of hybrid powertrain and to improve their understanding of the associated stakes.


  • Discovery
  • his course provides a deeper knowledge on the bases of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • know the main technical and economical stakes, the basic associated vocabulary, the proposed technologies and the expected fuel economy improvements,
  • know the main components and technical ways to build an HEV.
Course Content


  • Base definitions, orders of magnitude, why hybrid vehicles? Various hybrid types: hydraulic, pneumatic, inertia wheel, … Impact of the type of vehicle use.
  • Homologation. ZEV running.
  • Stakes for car manufacturers.

Architecture of electric hybrid vehicles

  • General principles.
  • Serial hybrid. Well known examples: rail, bus, …
  • Parallel hybrid. Conventional design.
  • Serial/parallel hybrid, power shunt, Toyota Prius 2, Prius 3, Chevrolet-Volt.

Functionalities offered by electric hybrid vehicles

  • Stop and start, regenerative braking, boost.
  • Operating point optimization, thermal engine load, ZEV driving, impact on ancillaries; other functionalities.
  • Fuel economy improvement.

Hybrids ranking & associated functionalities

  • Micro-hybrid. Benefit, installation, fuel economy.
  • Mild-hybrid. Installation, fuel economy.
  • Full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid. Stakes, necessary infrastructure.
  • Overview of existing hybrids.
  • Toyota Prius, Chevrolet-Volt: description, operating analysis.

Electric vehicles

  • Conventional vehicles with batteries, electric motor, motor wheel: various approach, CO2 values Tank to Wheel or Well to Wheel.
  • Range-extender.
  • Fuel cell.


  • Impact of the context (political, regulation, industrial, economical, …) on technical options.
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