Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Hybrid & Electric Transportation

ME 50105 / 3 Cr.

This course will cover fundamentals of hybrid electric and battery electric transportation systems with particular emphasis on automotive vehicles. It will cover basic powertrain configurations of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). The principal element of these powertrain will be discussed: Battery, Electric Motor, Engine, Transmission. This course will cover fundamental design concepts for HEV / PHEV and BEV powertrain. Efficient methods of component sizing via appropriate modeling and analysis methodologies will also be introduced. A basic introduction to power electronic components and microprocessor based controllers for these powertrains will also be given. An indepth coverage will be given on the energy and power management of HEV / PHEV and BEV powertrain once the design is complete. Introduction of various concepts and terminologies, the state of the art development, energy conversion and storage options, modeling, analysis, system integration and basic principles of vehicle controls will be covered as well. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to follow the literature on these subjects and perform modeling, design, analysis and development work in this field. A field demonstration of a PHEV will be used to further enhance the learning experience in this course.

Primary Track: Mechatronics & Controls, Energy


Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals Theory and Design, Ehsani, Emadi, Gao, and Gay, CRC Press 1st Edition.

  1. MATLAB / SIMULINK will be used for modeling and simulation of hybrid electric powertrain. In addition, PSAT (Powertrain System Analysis Toolkit), a MATLAB based simulation software will also be used in this course.
  2. Data Acquisition Hardware/Software: dSPACE Autobox will be used for data acquisition from a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
  • Apply basic knowledge of electric and hybrid electric powertrain to estimate vehicle fuel economy and emissions 
  • Apply basic concepts of vehicle performance requirements and fuel economy to optimally determine component sizing of electric and hybrid electric powertrain. 
  • Apply mathematical methodologies to analyze vehicle data to evaluate vehicle performance.
  • Explain various architectures associated with hybrid electric vehicle design. 
  • Analyze fundamental requirements for an electric propulsion system.
  • Apply basic concepts in hybrid electric energy management to design algorithms for regenerative braking. 
  • Solve engineering problems presented in class textbook and homework; orally communicate some results in class discussions. 
  • Explain various types of energy storage devices and their impact on electrified transportation.
  • Brief history of electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  • Environmental impact of electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  • Design fundamentals of electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  • Overview of internal combustion engines
  • Electric propulsion system
  • Component sizing of electric & hybrid electric vehicle powertrain
  • Hybrid electric drive train – Mild, Series, Parallel
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric drive train
  • Battery electric drive train
  • Energy storage devices
  • Regenerative braking and energy harvesting
  • Electrified transportation system
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle demonstration