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Hybrid Vehicle Technologies

Warren T. Jones, Ph.D., P.E.

Course Outline

This course provides an overview of technologies that are currently used or have potential for use in hybrid vehicles. In many ways the current interest in alternatives to the dominant single energy source gasoline engine is déjà vu. A sketch of the early history of automotive power trains is outlined with reasons why the gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) won this early race for dominance. Because of the enormous challenge of changing the supporting infrastructure for a completely different technology, the race this time is beginning with many transition forms consisting of the ICE in combination with non-polluting power generating systems. The wide varieties of hybrid system storage, power and fuel systems for power trains that are emerging are reviewed. The remarkable prospect of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology that would provide vehicle owner income in return for quick service high value electric services is discussed. Software simulation packages that can be used for design support and performance analysis as well as government initiatives are also discussed. References are given for those who wish to carry out more in-depth study.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for all engineers.

Course Content

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Hybrid Vehicle Technologies

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Module #1: Definition and Motivation for Development
Module #2: The Old Idea of Hybrids
Module #3: Hybrid Electric Design Concepts
Module #4: Alternate Power Sources
Module #5: Alternate Energy Sources
Module #6: Plugin Hybrid and V2G Technologies
Module #7: Software Tools for Hybrid Vehicle Design, Evaluation and Impact
Module #8: U.S. Government Initiatives

Course Summary

This course presents an introduction to storage, power and fuel systems that have potential or are currently being used in hybrid electric vehicles. The development of this type vehicle is being driven by the need for independence from foreign oil and a reduction of polluting emissions from the current dominant gasoline internal combustion engine. Computer simulation packages for design and performance evaluation as well as government initiatives for stimulating hybrid car development are also discussed. In addition, emerging ideas of plugin vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies which could provide income for the vehicle owners as well as a flexible distributed resource for utility companies are presented.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.