Introduction to EVs

This module is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of electric vehicles (EVs) and describe some basic applications. This module covers the differences between BEVs, HEVs and FCEVs and describes the advantages of electric motors over internal combustion engines. The basic types of EV frames are discussed as well as the purpose of the reduction gearbox.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Differentiate between a BEV, HEV, and FCEV
  • List the three main types of HEVs
  • Calculate the MPGe of an electric vehicle
  • Describe two EV accessories with the highest range impact
  • Name three EV regulatory agencies
  • Differentiate between series hybrid and parallel hybrid
  • Define the term instant torque
  • Name four advantages of electric motors over ICEs
  • Describe the main difference between an ECU and VCU
  • List three types of EV frames
  • Explain the purpose of a reduction gearbox


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