• Hybrid Vehicle Technologies


This online course presents an introduction to the current status of hybrid vehicles and basic technologies. Hybrid powertrains provide new opportunities to achieve better trade-offs in vehicle designs, for example, between driving performance and fuel economy. An in-depth discussion is provided at the end of the course about the control and design of split hybrid electric vehicles.


Learning Objectives


After completing this online course, you should be able to:

  • 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



  • 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)



Huei Peng
Huei Peng
Roger L. McCarthy Professor

Huei Peng received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He is now a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests include adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems. His current research focuses include design and control of electrified vehicles, and connected/automated vehicles.

In the last 10 years, he was involved in the design of several military and civilian concept vehicles, including FTTS, FMTV, Eaton/Fedex, and Super-HUMMWV—for both electric and hydraulic hybrid concepts. He served as the US Director of the DOE sponsored Clean Energy Research Center—Clean Vehicle Consortium, which supports more than 30 research projects related to the development of clean vehicles in the US and in China.

He currently serves as the Director of Mcity, which studies connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and promotes their deployment. He has served as the PI or co-PI of more than 50 research projects, with a total funding of more than 50 million dollars. He has more than 250 technical publications, including 110 in referred journals and transactions and four books. His h-index is 69 according to the Google scholar analysis.  The total number of citations to his work is more than 18,000. He believes in setting high expectation and helping students to exceed it by selecting innovative research topics with real impact. One of his proudest achievements is that more than half of his Ph.D. students have each published at least one paper cited more than 100 times.

Huei Peng has been an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is both an SAE fellow and an ASME Fellow. He is a ChangJiang Scholar at the Tsinghua University of China.