Vehicle Architecture for Hybrid, Electric, Automated, and Shared Vehicle Design



Electric and hybrid vehicle engineers and designers are faced with the important issue of how to adequately configure required powertrain system components to achieve needed performance, occupant accommodation, and operational objectives. This course enables participants to fully comprehend vehicle architectural/configurational design requirements to enable efficient structural design, effective packaging of required components, and efficient vehicle performance for shared and autonomous operation. The importance of integrating these design requirements with specific vehicle user needs and expectations will be emphasized. In-class individual and group projects will enable participants to gain practical experience in applying gained knowledge of efficient electric and hybrid vehicle component packaging strategies. 

Designers and engineers responsible for vehicle physical design integration will find the course topics most useful for developing efficient vehicle design.

Learning Objectives
By attending this course, you will be able to:
  • Define vehicle architecture and the specific requirements of an architecture for hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Differentiate between vehicle motor/transmission design packaging for conventional electric motor and in-wheel electric motor design
  • Recognize the design requirements for effective electric vehicle battery placement, mounting, and enclosure design
  • Identify the sensor types, functions, and packaging requirements for autonomous electric vehicle operation
  • Recognize the importance of passenger entry and egress design for autonomous vehicle usage
  • Illustrate reconfigurable seating design options for shared electric vehicle passenger/delivery autonomous vehicle design
Who Should Attend

This course is designed for electrical application engineers, design engineers, project managers, and other positions within EV development working with or transitioning to electric powertrain development. It is intended for those who have a basic understanding of hybrid and/or electric vehicles who are seeking to increase their knowledge and understanding of electric vehicle system applications.


An engineering degree is highly recommended, but not required. This course does not cover basic electrical concepts and assumes that the participant already understands such concepts (voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, inductance, etc.).

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