Major Concepts of Hybrid Electric Powertrain Systems

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A PowerPoint presentation derived from the course “Intro to Mechatronics” at Lawrence Technological University that provides a general overview of the concepts and technologies incorporated into hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). This resource was developed through seed funding from the CAAT.


This presentation is a general overview of the concepts and technologies incorporated into hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). These materials are used in an Intro to Mechatronics Course at Lawrence Technological University and were developed through seed funding from the CAAT. The topics of focus are:

  • Hybrid Powertrain Configurations (Series, Parallel, and Series-Parallel)
  • Class of Hybrid Type (Mild, Medium, and Full)
  • Components (Mechanical, Electrical, and Hydraulic)
  • Operating Modes (Start-Stop and Regenerative)

Please visit LTU's other modules for Introduction to Mechatronics and their complete course "Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Engineering" ( Link ).


  • Developing a Control Algorithm Based on Vehicle Motion Requirements - Link  
  • Modeling Mechanical Subsystems of the Hybrid Electrical Transmission - Link  
  • Sensors and Actuators - Link  

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under
Grant No. 1003032. 

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Electric Machines and Power Electronics
HEV/EV System Technologies (HEV, EV, and Plug-in HEV)
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Resource Type:
Lawrence Technological University
Author & Title:
Dr. Vladimir V. Vantsevich- Professor Mechanical Engineering Department, Director Master of Science in Mechatronic Engineering, Laboratory of Mechatronic Systems, Associate Director Automotive Engineering Institute; Jesse Paldan- Graduate Research Assistant; Wei Yao- Student Assistant;
Date Developed:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Education Level:
Undergrad Students (13-14)

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