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Hybrid Vehicle Technologies

Understand the current status, challenges, and technologies of hybrid vehicles

Hybrid powertrains provide new opportunities to achieve better trade-offs in vehicle designs, such as driving performance and fuel economy. This online course presents an introduction to the current status of hybrid vehicles and basic technologies, along with an in-depth discussion about the control and design of split hybrid electric vehicles.

Key Information

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Start Date



180 days

Time Commitment

4-6 Hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Course Outline
  • Overview and Introduction (33 min)
  • Impacts on Auto Industry and Current Status (36 min)
  • Major Hybrid Technologies (43 min)
  • Major Components - Principle, Current Status, Outlook (46 min)
  • Vehicle Control Hierarchy and Power Management Algorithms (62 min)
  • Control and Design of Power-Split Hybrid Electric Vehicles (37 min)
  • Summary and Outlook (12 min)
Time Commitment and Work Pace

Each course contains 4-6 hours of online instruction divided into shorter modules to make it easy to learn at your own pace.

You will have 180 days from your course start date to complete the course.

Completion Requirements

Successful completion requires you to view all course modules and receive an 80% passing grade on the course assessment. Upon completing these requirements, you will earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile.

Certificate Option and Specializations

Upon successful completion of 4 CCET courses, you will receive a U-M Certificate of Achievement.

Select 4 courses from one concentration to deepen your knowledge in a subject or area. If you choose a specialization, your certificate will note the specialization you completed.

Prerequisites & Technical Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. A bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended but not required.

To view technical requirements, click here.


Administrative/Online Technical

Support Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the big picture of the current status of hybrid technologies
  • Recognize the key challenges of hybrid vehicles
  • Comprehend the key power-split vehicle transmission architectures
  • Understand the common control concepts for hybrid vehicle
  • Inspire debate and discussion about hybrid technologies

course instructor

Huei Peng, PhD
Huei Peng, PhD
Director, Mcity, U-M Office of Research
Roger L. McCarthy Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Post Program

Digital Badge

Earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile:

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A certificate in your course of study will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.

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“This program was very suitable for my team and beneficial for us to understand new technologies...[our] engineers can work at their own pace.”

- Supervisor, Ford Motor Company