This course will provide a fundamental overview of Alternative Energy Vehicle's (AEV) and the key challenges and opportunities of AEV technologies. The instructor will explain the engineering philosophy of several AEV's, including electric vehicles (EV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and battery electric vehicles (BEV). Participants will learn an overview of electric drives, power electronics, regenerative braking system, power management, and battery management. The instructor will address existing commercial HEV architecture. Other HEV applications for non-passenger vehicles, including heavy duty vehicles, reliability issues, and other potential problem areas will also be discussed.

This course consists of 20 contact hours and is ideal for Engineers or technicians working on hybrid or electric vehicles.

The next session of this seminar will be offered JFriday, March 13, 20 and 27th, 2020 from 8:30  am - 3:00 p.m. at UM-Dearborn.  The registration fee for this course is $700 per participant. A minimum of 8 participants are required in order to run a course.

Program Details

Course Prerequisites

Participants should have either a B.S. in Engineering or possess a technical degree and technical working knowledge in the area of hybrid or electric vehicles

Course Outline


Topic  #1 – 1.5 hours

Introduction  of EV/Hybrid Vehicles

  • Brief History of EV & Hybrid
  • What is a HEV
  • Type of HEV
  • Advantages of HEV & Disadvantages
  • Introduction to HEV Architecture
    • Series, Parallel, etc.

Topic #2 – 2.0 hours                       

HEV Fundamentals and Vehicle Dynamics

  • Vehicle Resistance
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Vehicle Performance
  • Fuel Economy & Improvements
  • Braking Performance
  • Power Management
  • Vehicle Control

Topic #3 – 2.5 hours

HEV Architecture

  • Concepts of Hybrid Propulsion
  • Hybrid Architecture
  • Series Hybrid Configuration and Functionality
  • Control Strategy of Series HEV
  • Sizing of Major Components
  • Power Management

Topic #4 – 2.5 hours

Series HEV Powertrain Design

  • Concepts of hybridization
  • Hybrid architecture
  • Series hybrid configuration and functionality
  • Operational patterns, advantages
  • Control Strategies
  • Power Management

Topic #5 – 2.5 hour

Parallel HEV Powertrain Design

  • Parallel Architecture and operation modes
  • Torque coupling
  • Speed coupling
  • Torque and speed coupled architecture
  • Control Strategies and power management
  • Mild and Micro Hybrid
  • Complex Hybrid
  • Plug-in Hybrid

Topic #6 – 2 hour

Power Electronics for HEV Applications

  • Fundamentals of Power Electronics
  • Buck Convertor
  • Boost Convertor
  • Rectifier and Inverters

Topic #7 – 2 hours

Electric Propulsion Systems

  • DC Motor Drives
  • Induction Motor Drives
  • Permanent Magnet Drives
  • Switch Reluctance Motor Drives

Topic #8 – 3 hours

Energy Sources and Energy Storage

  • Comparison of energy sources
  • Onboard energy storage
  • Battery Types
  • Energy Source and energy converters
  • Principles of Batteries
  • Hybridization of energy sources

Topic #9 – 2 hours

Regenerative Braking of HEV

  • Basic Idea
  • Operating Zones
  • System Architecture
  • Storage Mechanism
  • Control Systems


Course Materials


Course Formats

On campus. Onsite. Distance Learning. 

Instructor Bio

Dr. Randy Boone is the Chair of the Nanotechnology Chapter and Director of Industrial Relation for SEM IEEE Society. Randy received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa (1988), a MS electrical engineering from Wayne State University (1992), a MS engineering management from University of Detroit-Mercy (1996) and completed his Information Technology 2011. Randy has been employed with Ford Motor Company for the past 29 years holding numerous product development assignments. His current assignment is working in the Electrified Powertrain Engineering (EPE) organization developing both Hybrid and Electric Vehicle application for future products. Randy is also an adjunct professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Michigan – Dearborn and has taught a number of courses including: Automotive Sensors and Actuators, Engineering Mathematics, Embedded Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Active Automotive Safety Systems. Randy is also an adjunct professor at Wayne State University and Central Michigan University.


Do I have to buy additional Materials

No. All materials will be provided with course registration.

Can I obtain or use my Financial Aid money for this program?

No. This is a non-credit course and does not qualify for federal aid.

Can I register for this course if I am an international student?


Are there refunds available if I cannot attend this course?


What if I cannot attend all sections?

Unless the University of Michigan-Dearborn closes for inclement weather or an emergency, there will be no make-up dates for this course. If you need to miss class for any reason, you will be responsible for covering the material yourself. 

Are there discounts available?

A $100 registration discount is available to currently enrolled students at any UM campus, alumni from any UM campus, and all employees currently employed within the UM system.  Verification is required. 

Group discounts are available for 5 or more registrants from a sponsoring organization or company. Restrictions may apply. Contact program manager for more details.

Can I have this training provided at my work location?

Yes, we have the ability to offer this program onsite at your corporate location.  Contact program manager for more details.

Contact Us

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Extended Learning & Outreach 

Professional Education Center
Dearborn, MI 48128
Phone:  313-593-4000
Fax: 313-593-4070

Extended Learning and Outreach

Professional Education Center (PEC)
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