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 13 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 - Introduction

Lecture 2 - The ideal vehicle

Lecture 3 - the conventional vehicle

Lecture 5 - hybrid components

Lecture 6 - The Parallell Hybrid

Lecture 8 - Other hybrids

Lecture 9a&b - Charging

Home assignments

Simulation package

Replace the following folders in the "Simulation package" for Home Assignment 2:


"General EV"

Assignment 1


Assignment 2

Assignment_2_2019. Corrected electricity price, updated specifications and Instructions for presentation at Borg Warner!

Paper on Battery manufacturing

Previous Exams

Exam 2012

Exam 2014

Course Material

Course Plan - Updated with changed study tour date!

Course compendium This book is subject to being upgraded during the course. Please check in here for pdated versions.





The Student adminstration office is open weekdays 11:00-12:30 on the second floow in the M-building. Other times by agreement.

Phone: 046-229290

Mail: studexp@iea.lth.se

News !


NOTE that the course starts on Tuesday September 3'rd in M:D at 15:15.


To avoid confustion on Home Assigment 1:

- It is enough to make the simulations on a car model!

The STUDY TOUR date is set:

- It will be on Wednesday October 9th and we will visit with Borg Warner in Landskrona. It is a development and manufacturing plant of 4-wheel drive systems, hybrid drive train components and electric traction machines.

    Location: Instrumentgatan 15, Box 505, 261 51 Landskrona

    The agenda is: 

    9:00 – 9:45     Welcome and introduction to “why electromobility” – Alexandra.

    9:45 – 10:30   Electrified vehicle architectures – Gabriel.
    10:30 – 12:00 Course challenge – Students present in groups 10 min e/a.
    12:00 – 12:45 Light lunch on the conference room + Winners
    12:15 – 12:30 Winner announced – BW + Mats to decide.
    12:30 – 13:00 Lukas and Fredrik share their view on being a new employee and master student at BW
    13:00 – 14:00 Lab and factory tour – TBA

    The transport can be done by Train or by your own car. Train ticket cost or travel costs will be compensated if presented to IEA secretary (Carina Lindström). You need to be at Borg Warner at 09:00 sharp. It takes about 15 minutes to walk there from Landskrona station.

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