Course syllabus

El- och elhybridfordonsteknik
Electric and Electric Hybrid Vehicle Technology

EIEN41, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED E
Date of Decision: 2023-04-11

General Information

Elective for: E4-em, F4, F4-es, M5-tt, MD4, W5-et, MHET2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


There is a large and growing need in the automotive industry for engineers with specialisation in electrical drives, power electronics and not least system aspects of electric vehicle control. This course has the ambition to give fundamental knowledge and skills in these areas.


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Drive and auxiliary drive. Power, torque and speed. Combustion processes - Otto, Diesel, HCCI among others. Gear - manual, automatic, CVT among others. Efficiency and emissions. Fossile fuel, bio fuel - access, cost and performance. EV, HEV - series, parallel, mild, power split, FCV. Conventional servo steering, AC, brake, compressed air and so on. Electrically driven alternatives, function, efficiency. Demands for electric machines and power electronics in vehicles. Criteria for dimensioning. Lifetime, weight, price and so on. Field reduction, starting characteristics, torque ripple and so on. Various types of control, need for sensors. Fuel cells - principle, function and construction. Advantages and drawbacks with various designs. Development trends. Electric storage media - eg batteries and super capacitors.

Drive cycles, efficiency, and emission for some selected drive lines. Acceleration, start and other demands for the vehicle. Regenerative braking. The need for effect and energy storage in hybrid and FC vehicles.

The course includes 28h lectures, 6hcomputer excercises and self study supported by internet course material, in total 200h.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Passed simulation assignments give the grade of 3. For higher grades, an approved written exam is required.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0118. Name: Simulation Assignments.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Contents: Simulation assignments
Code: 0218. Name: Written Exam.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: TH. Contents: Written exam


Assumed prior knowledge: Basic course in physics including mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MIE100, EIEN40

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Mats Alaküla,
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