The next occurrence of this course will be delivered online, offering the flexibility to study from a location convenient for you.

This course will provide you with a broad technical knowledge and practical expertise of hybrid and electric vehicle (HEV) technologies, analysis, design, component selection and sizing at both system and vehicle level.

This course is now available online.

This course will serve as an introduction to HEV technologies. Further bespoke courses focused on specific aspects of HEV analysis and design can be provided upon request.

At a glance

  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


    Concessions available

Course structure

This five-day course will consist of a mix of lectures, case studies and some very unique practical (hands-on) sessions from both academic and industry specialists, to develop proficiency in a broad range of HEV (and its sub-systems) technologies. All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • Analyse the different powertrain architecture options and select the appropriate solutions within realistic performance and commercial constraints.

  • Evaluate various technology options for (electrical and mechanical) energy generation, storage, transmission, and management for a HEV, and be able to select between different technologies relative to a given vehicle application and overall system design.

  • Size various HEV sub-systems, within the context of various vehicle constraints, such as performance, fuel economy and packaging.

  • Employ and experiment rapid control prototyping techniques to design and validate HEV high-level and low-level control systems.

  • Carry out performance evaluations of a HEV and its sub-systems, using offline simulations and real-time HiL testing.

Core content

Introduction to hybrid and electric vehicles (HEVs)

  • Electrification and hybridisation concepts

  • HEV architectures and classifications

  • Technological trends

Principles of electric machines (EM)

  • EM fundamentals and characteristics

  • EM selection criteria for HEVs

  • EM modelling and analysis

Principles of power electronics and EM control

  • Power electronic fundamentals

  • Electric drives for HEVs

  • Electric motors control systems

Battery energy storage systems

  • Battery chemistry fundamentals

  • Battery modelling, form cell to pack

  • Battery pack sizing and design issues

  • Battery management systems

  • Battery charging infrastructure 

  • Battery testing practical session 

Fuel cell vehicles 

  • Fuel cell fundamentals

  • The fuel cell electric vehicle technology

  • Hydrogen generation and storage systems

HEV transmission and alternative energy storage systems

  • HEV transmission systems (converted, dedicated)

  • Hydraulic hybrid systems

  • Flywheel systems

Hybrid and electric vehicle dynamics

  • Hybrid and electric vehicle dynamics

  • Regenerative braking

Energy Management in HEVs

  • Energy flow modelling and calculation 

  • Energy optimisation techniques

  • HEV supervisory control

Model-based development of HEVs

  • Modelling of a HEV and its subsystems

  • HEV performance measurements and system analysis, design, and sizing

  • Control system architecture and design of HEVs

  • HiL simulation, testing and validation of HEVs

Who should attend

This course is aimed at system and/or component design engineers, working in the automotive industry, that are responsible for HEV design, development and validation.

It is also suitable for engineering directors and managers, and vehicle technology enthusiasts, who wish to obtain more in-depth knowledge of HEV technologies.



20% discount for Cranfield alumni.

10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates from the same organisation at the same time.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.



Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire, close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes away respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.