Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology (EIEN 41)

Why take this course?

Electric land transport started more than a century ago but lost its momentum due to low battery performance and the competition from the combustion engine. About 20 years ago electric traction started reentering vehicle drivetrains to assist in reducing fuel consumption and about 10 years ago full electric vehicles with very competitive performance entered the market.

Lohner Porsche Hybrid  PriusGen1 TeslaModelS Electric Tractor ElectricBus TeslaTruck Electric Aircraft

Today almost every transport mode is subject to electrification, Cars, Buses, Trucks, Off road vehicles, even aircrafts. On a political level many countries are setting up goals for a fossil free transport system within a short time, like 2030...2050. It is fair to say that we right now live a paradigm shift regarding transfer of most modes of transportation to full electrification. This paradigm shift also put a lot of strain on technology development, not only on electric drive trains but also on energy storage technologies, charging technologies, energy supply and more.

This course is given to provide a deep understanding of the technologies involved, the requirements and limitations, the opportunities and to give the understanding and tools to help those who want to contribute to the development.

The course is built on lectures, two home assignments and a study tour. The home assigments are made within the Matlab/Simulink environment and is a deep dive in system design and optimisation for a selected topic of current relevance.


The course is given by Professor Mats Alaküla. Mats has a long experience from electro mobility and is since 14 years working part time in the automotive industry as a scientific advisor. He has a strong link to the industrial challenges and opportunities.

The course is assisted by Meng Lu, a PhD student within electro mobility.


Lecture 1 - Intro. Slides in pdf. Video.
Lecture 2 - Ideal vehicle. Slides in pdf. Video.
Lecture 3 - Conventional vehicle + some of Lecture 4. Slides in pdf. Video1 Video2
Lecture 4 - The hybrid vehicle. Slides in pdf. Video1 Video2
Lecture 5 - The series and parallell hybrid. Slides in pdf. Video 1
Lecture 6 - Full Electric Vehicles and Charging concepts. Slides in pdf. Video.
Lecture 7 - Charging concepts continued. Slides in pdf. Video.
Lecture 8 - Charging concepts final. Slides in pdf. Video
Lecture 9 - Cost modelling. Slide in pdf. Video
Lecture 10 - Electric Safety. Slides in pdf. Video
Lecture 11 - Exam2016 walk through

Simulation files

Ideal-vehicle simulation  files (for thos who want to try!)

Conventional-vehicle simulation files (You need to download the "Ideal"-files as well to get the drive-cycles!)

NB! All files that you run (e.g Batch..., Initiate..., the Simulink model...) should be in the vehicle directory (e.g. "Conventional") and the Drive Cycles folder should be in the neighbour directory. You should always stand in the vehicle directory when you run the files. The DriveCycles directory should only contain drive cycle files, nothing else. Unfortunately the previous issue of the Zip-files had other files in the Drive Cycles director that has confused som of you. I apologize for that. The links above are cleaned from such files.


Home assigment 1
Home assigment 2, Simulation files, Extra Introduction video. NB! All Assigment 2 files are updated 2020-09-22. Please scrap earlier downloads and reload the updated ones.

Course Material

Course Plan

Course compendium

Previous exams






All lectures will be held via Zoom, NOT in a lecture hall as it is still showing in the "Schemagenerator", and a link to each lecture will be sent to each an everyone signed up for the course.

IF you are interested in participating but for some reason have not signed up or are missing an invitation, please write a mail to Mats Alaküla (mats.alakula@iea.lth.se).

The exercises next week (study week 2) will be split between Zoom and F2F:
  • Wednesday, both exercises only on Zoom
  • Friday 10-12, Exercise F2F according to course plan.
The Industrial Study Tour planned for September 6th cannot be made due to Corona restrictions.

INSTEAD, Borg Warner in Landskrona will come to LTH and we will have a 3-hour  session on Thursday 15th between 09:00 and 12:00.

This is NOT in the scheduled course agenda. It is thus not mandatory, but I do hope that you can participate. This is the agenda:

09:15-10:00. Presentation of BorgWarner by Gabriel Dominguez. Gabriel will give the Industrial perspective on the e_mobility market. Technologies, trends, predictions, job offers ...
10:15 - 11:30 You will give  short presentation of your home assignment 2, to sell your main conclusions (thus far) . A small prize will be given to the best presentation!
11:30 - 12:00++ A demonstration of a new EV brand in the form of  a test vehicle from Borg Warners' lab, in the parking between KC and Getingevägen.

The location is KC:E in Kemicentrum @ LTH