As fully-electric (EVs) and hybrid-electric (HEVs) vehicles become more mainstream, the need to understand their basic architecture and operation are important than ever. Basically, a hybrid car is one that uses two or more engines, i.e. an electric motor and a conventional engine (either petrol or diesel). The electric engine powers the car at lower speeds while the gas engine powers it at higher speeds. Hybrid cars not only conserve fuel but also produce less CO2 emissions.
A hybrid vehicle has multiple forms of motive power. Hybrids come in many configurations. For example, a hybrid may receive its energy by burning petroleum, but switch between an electric motor and a combustion engine.
Among the different types of hybrid vehicles, only the Electric Motor (EM) and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) type have been commercially available and well established. One architecture operated in parallel to simultaneously provide power from both sources. Another operated in series with one source exclusively providing the power and the second providing electricity. Either source may provide the primary motive force, with the other augmenting the primary.
Other combinations offer efficiency gains from superior energy management and regeneration that are offset by expense, complexity and the battery limitations. Combustion-electric (CE) hybrids have battery packs with far larger capacity than a combustion-only vehicle. A combustion-electric hybrid has batteries that are light that offer higher energy density that are far more costly. ICEs require only a battery large enough to operate the electrical system and ignite the engine.
By completing this course, you will be able to identify, recognize or articulate:
Who Should Attend
This course is intended for those new to or just learning about hybrid transmission / transaxle technologies. It is intended as an introductory course, so anyone is invited to attend.