The Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Course is designed to offer experienced technicians all aspects of hybrid and electric vehicle systems from operations to diagnostics including safe working practices when servicing and repairing.

Course Overview

The Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Course will develop your skills around hybrid technology vehicles. You will focus on hybrid & electric safety, operation principles, series & parallel, motor assisted systems, extended range hybrids, electric vehicle operation, servicing & maintenance and diagnostics.

On completion technicians will be able to practically demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills required for repairing vehicles with high voltage hybrid technologies.

This fast track route is ideal for for technicians who maintain, service and repair Hybrid or electric vehicles and have a good background knowledge.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirement for entry on to the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Course. You will have experience of vehicle electrics and engine systems.

What you can achieve

Once complete you will gain your Level 2 Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation & Maintenance and Level 3 Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle & Replacement. Successful completion will give you 2 valuable academic qualifications that demonstrates your skill. This course is structured so that you can expect to successfully complete all the assessments in two days, depending on your experience and according to your training preference.

Course Modules

To attain accreditation, you will be required to successfully complete a range of practical and knowledge based assessments, including:

  • Hybrid & Electric Safety
  • Operation Principles, Series & Parallel
  • Motor Assisted Systems, Extended Range Hybrids
  • Electric Vehicle Operation
  • Servicing & Maintenance
  • Diagnostics

SAE Engineering Academies provide comprehensive and immersive training experiences, helping new and re-assigned engineers become proficient and productive in a short period of time. The Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Engineering Academy covers hybrid and electric vehicle engineering concepts, theory, and applications relevant to HEV, PHEV, EREV, and BEV for the passenger car industry. While the theory and concepts readily apply to the commercial vehicle industry as well, the examples and applications used will apply primarily to the passenger car industry.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the academy, participants will be able to:

  • Define and analyze fundamental electrochemistry of battery operation and performance requirements for HEV, PHEV, EREV and full electric vehicle applications
  • Estimate the size of a cell to meet a specific requirement
  • Create a cradle-to-grave, or cradle-to-use list of materials used in any type of automotive battery
  • Compute the temperature response of battery cell and pack assemblies for a simple model
  • Describe the functions performed by a Battery Management System (BMS)
  • Explain different approaches to estimating state of charge, state of health, power and energy
  • Apply the operation of brushless dc and induction motors to HEV and EV vehicles
  • Define the torque speed curves for motors and the application to electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  • Describe the features of buck, boost, and Transformer converters
  • Compare and contrast the various industry and regulatory standards for hybrid vehicle components, batteries, and charging systems
  • Describe the main hybrid and electric vehicle development considerations and performance requirements for various vehicle system
  • Identify how to define key vehicle system requirements and select and size system components that best meet those requirements
Who Should Attend

Individuals who already have a basic understanding of hybrid and/or electric vehicles who are seeking to increase their knowledge and understanding of hybrid vehicle system applications, including mechanical and electrical application engineers, design engineers, project managers, and other individuals who are working with or transitioning to hybrid-electric powertrain development, will find this academy particularly helpful.


An engineering degree is highly recommended, but not required. This Academy does not cover basic electrical concepts and assumes that the attendee already understands such concepts (voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, inductance, etc.) In order to understand concepts discussed, all participants are required to have driven an HEV prior to attending the academy.

Please be advised that this course may involve one or more of the following: driving and/or riding in a vehicle; participating in a vehicle demonstration; and/or taking part in an offsite tour using outside transportation. You will be required to sign a waiver on-site and produce a valid driver’s license from your state/country of residence


1 .Introduction of hybrid vehicles

  1. History of hybrid vehicles
  2. types of system architectures of hybrid vehicles
  3. series hybrid
  4. parallel hybrid vehicle
  5. series –parallel hybrid vehicle
  6. complex hybrid vehicle
  7. characteristics and difference of HEV and PHEV
  8. reasons behind development of HEV and different national fuel standards
  9. power electronic in HEV
  10. buck boost converter
  11. three phase inverter
  12. Live transmission explanation of Toyota prius
  13. testing standards of HEV and PHEV (AIS Standards)

Battery Chemistry, Efficiency, Definition & its Parameters

  • Types of batteries – Pb Acid, Li-Po & Metal Air
  • Architecture- Cells, Modules & Packs
  • Battery Charging & Discharging Cycles
  • Use of Batteries in Hybrid Powertrain
  • Battery Modelling & Management System(BMS)
  • Alternative Energy Storage – Photovoltaic cells, Super-Capacitors, Fuel Cell
  • Demonstration Sessions-on experience on Battery Packs and BMS.

Electric Motors , Generators & Power Electronics 

  • Electric Motors- AC/DC Motors/ Generators
  • Brushed DC Motor/ Brushless DC Motor- Torque Characteristics
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous AC Motor- Torque Characteristics
  • Reluctance Machines, Actuators & Capacitors
  • DC-AC & AC-DC Convertors
  • Practical design and calculation session on batteries and motors.


  • Motors selection parameters
  • Controls Systems in HEVs- ECU Architecture, Sensors & Actuators
  • Control Strategy
  • Torque Distribution
  • ABS/ESP Interaction
  • Basics on Motor Control & Regeneration Algorithms
  • Regulatory Requirement & Certifications
  • Certification Requirement for HEV systems
  • Practical session – Simulation on electronic circuits and motor drivers
  • Basic parameters, specification involved in Designing of E-Bike

Control systems

  • Transmission and Power Couplings- AMT, Dual Clutch, CVT
  • Shift Quality Parameters
  • Converters
  • Architecture Development of HEVs and EV’s:
  • System Integration -Dynamics-Topology Selection & Modelling, Braking, Safety
  • Range / Power conflict
  • Regenerative Braking System
  • Thermal Management for Motors & Batteries:
  • Thermal Issues & Functions of Thermal Management System
  • Technologies for Thermal management Air Cooling, Liquid Cooling
  • Direct Refrigerant Cooling, Thermos Electric Module
  • Existing HEV and EVs Architecture
  • Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive ,Hero Electric, Mahindra E2o. Ather energy.

Simulating In Real Time: Hybrid Electric Vehicle


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