Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Systems

Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) technology model offerings and production volumes continue to accelerate with each model year. Advanced technology vehicle populations are significantly increasing throughout the world, making it vital for engineers, technicians, and educators to have a thorough understanding of these technologies and systems. This three-day practical and applications-based course will concentrate on architectures, operation, functions, and design considerations of the power electronics, energy systems, and failure modes associated with HEV and BEV vehicles, providing an environment in which participants can acquire a solid systems and integration foundation for applying this content to vehicle/systems design. Practical systems and circuit analyses with calculations will be used throughout the course.

What Will You Learn

By completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the different hybrid and electric vehicle (HEV) architectures
  • Consider the HEV, PHEV and BEV architectural options for cost optimization, controls and diagnostics
  • Identify energy management components, functions, operation and testing
  • Describe electric motor components functions, operation and testing
  • Explain power inverter components, functions, operation and testing
  • Restate dc-dc converter components, functions, operation and testing

Is This Course For You

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and technicians who are involved with the design, development, manufacturing, or service of electrified vehicles or subsystems and need a systems perspective of the course vehicle electrification systems.

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Course Requirements

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HEV/BEV Systems Operation Modes, Torque Production and Component Contributions
  • HEV
  • PHEV
  • BEV
Rechargeable Energy Management (Battery Pack) Systems, Controls and Diagnostics
  • Hardware Components
  • Overview of NiMH and Li-Ion Battery Technologies
    • NiMH and Lithium Battery Families
    • Module/cell sensing systems (voltage, temp, air, etc.)
    • Lithium Battery Pack Balancing Systems
    • Battery systems service considerations
  • Thermal Management Systems
    • Passive and Active Air Heating and Cooling Systems
    • Liquid Heating and Cooling Systems
    • Using Air Conditioning Low Pressure Gas System to Cool Battery Modules
  • Battery Pack/Module Testing
    • HEV/PHEV/BEV Power Testing
    • HEV/PHEV/BEV Energy (Capacity) Testing
    • Lab and Field Grade Equipment for Battery Testing
    • Automotive Field Experiences with NiMH and Lithium Battery Systems
HEV/BEV - Permanent Magnet (PM) and Induction Machine (IM) Electric Machine and Power Inverter, and dc-dc Converter Technologies
  • PM and IM Technologies
    • Permanent Magnet Electric machine construction and operation
    • Induction Electric machine construction and operation
    • Rotor position and speed sensing: Resolvers
    • PM-IM failure modes
    • On/off-board electric machine testing - insulation meter, electric signature, oscilloscope, and HiPot
  • Power Inverter Technology and Electric Machine Control
    • Power electronics devices: IGBTs and Gate Drives
    • Sensing circuits: Current Sensing and Using External Controller CAN Inputs/Outputs
    • Electric machine controls - torque and speed controls, wave shaping (sine wave, six-step), current regulation
    • Failure modes
    • Power Inverter Testing: Analyzing Waveforms using Oscilloscopes, Current Probes
  • dc-dc Converter Systems
    • Buck converter
    • Buck/Boost converter
    • Failure modes
    • Testing