Electric Vehicles & Hybrid Technology

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Course Description

The course is designed for the automotive technician who wants to gain greater knowledge in the practical management of electric vehicle systems. It is intended to give an in-depth look at the hybrid vehicle components including the Atkinson engine cycles, AC Induction & Permanent Magnet electric machine construction and operation, battery packs, power inverters, transaxles, and other electric propulsion systems. The hybrid technology is a natural pathway to comprehensive electric vehicle knowledge. Labs will include the use of vehicle scan tools to troubleshoot and the data will be entered into worksheets and analyzed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the Hybrid engine cycle design.
  • Demonstrate the identification & classification of Permanent Magnet (PM) & Alternating Current (AC) Induction Electric Machines.
  • Identify the differences between the constructions of each electric machine and explain the fundamental difference of PM & AC Induction.
  • Explain regenerative braking and how it is used to charge a battery pack.
  • Disassemble and reassemble the parts of an electric motor assembly and correctly identify each part.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principle of induction.
  • Explain the purpose and the components of the power inverter.
  • Correctly state the reason for using the Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT).
  • Accurately calculate motor speed & rotor frequency.
  • Demonstrate a transaxle case and identify the functions of motor generator (MG) 1 and MG 2. Disassemble and reassemble the transaxle assembly.
  • Basic Skill Requirements

    Must be 18 years old and hold a valid driver’s license. Demonstrated automotive technician experience.

    University of Hawaii Community College
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