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This course includes power electronics and energy system modeling of electric-drive vehicles including hybrid, battery electric, and fuel-cell EVs. The course also introduces the challenges of integrating battery electric vehicles into the grid and introduce power electronics solutions for concepts such as vehicle-to-grid power transfer. The course includes MATLAB modeling of an electric vehicle both from electrical engineering and mechanical engineering point of view. Students should know basic power electronics knowledge and MATLAB Simulink.
Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
- ERICKSON (RENTAL) / (RENTAL) FUNDAMENTALS OF POWER ELECTRONICS (RENTAL)
- ERICKSON / FUNDAMENTALS OF POWER ELECTRONICS (Recommended)
- EMADI, ALI / ADVANCED ELECTRIC DRIVE VEHICLES (Recommended)
- EHSANI / MODERN ELECTRIC, HYBRID ELECTRC, & FUEL CELL VEHICLES (Required)
- EHSANI (RENTAL) / (RENTAL) MODERN ELECTRIC, HYBRID ELECTRC, & FUEL CELL VEHICLES (RENTAL)
Student Learning Outcomes
Students understand the operation of Electric Drive Vehicles (EDVs) of any type.
Students understand the operation of energy storage devices in EDVs.
Students will be able to design system-level controllers to share power among different sources of energy, i.e. battery, internal combustion engine.
Students understand the hardware systems and standards used for EV-grid integration.
Other Course Materials
Course slides and recommended papers.
Outline of Topics
The topics that will be covered in the class are:
Transportation electrification overview
Fundamentals of vehicle propulsion
EV system functional modeling
Hybrid electric vehicles (Series and Parallel)
Design principles of series HEV drive-train
DC-DC converters in EVs
Semiconductor devices and converter losses
Battery system and battery management system
Introduction to Induction motors and synchronous motors (PMSM)
Single-phase and three-phase on-board and off-board battery chargers
Grid integration of plug-in electric vehicles and charge management
Exams and Assignments
The class will have homework and project assignments. They will be due at the beginning of the class at the specified due date. Late submissions will be penalized 20% per day late. The first day starts immediately after the deadline. All homework and projects must be stapled in the upper left corner and labeled with a name.
One full period in-class exam will be given. In addition, a comprehensive final exam, in accordance with The University of Alabama schedule, will be administered. Only the final examination will be comprehensive by intent.
Final grades will be based on the breakdown below. However, final grades may be scaled. You will only be scaled up; no grades will ever be scaled down. Any questions about grading must be brought to the attention of the instructor within 1 week of the date the material was returned. After this time, no grades will be changed. Note that a passing grade on the final examination is required for a passing grade in the course.
Homework and project: %50
Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
Homework and project: Late submissions will be penalized 20% per day late. The first day starts immediately after the deadline.
Exam: In cases involving University approved activities or documented emergencies/illnesses, a make-up exam will be scheduled in coordination with the instructor.
All students should attend to the class. Attendance will be kept. Students with perfect attendance will have additional 2 points to their final grade for the semester. Being late to the class three times will count as absence.
Notification of Changes
The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.
Statement on Academic Misconduct
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.
Statement On Disability Accommodations
Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.
Severe Weather Protocol
Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.
Pregnant Student Accommodations
Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.
Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.
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