Energy Modeling of HEVs (ME7384)

Course Description

This graduate course, the cornerstone of the Certificate in Advanced Propulsion Systems, focuses on the fundamentals of hybrid electric vehicles including modeling, simulation, optimization and control processes.

Offered in Autumn semester, the course presents a methodology for constructing general models of energy storage and power flow processes in hybrid vehicles is developed and implemented using Matlab/Simulink.

A bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering is required. Non-credit preparatory short courses on Matlab, Systems Dynamics and/or Signals and Systems for Control are recommended before starting the course.




Upon completion of this course participants will demonstrate competence in the areas of:

  • Motivation for hybrids, hybrid architectures
  • Unified energy modeling approach
  • Energy consumption of advanced vehicles
  • Principles of energy management and supervisory control
  • Energy converters: engines (SI, CIDI), fuel cells and electric
  • Electromechanical converters: motors, generators
  • Energy storage devices: fuels, batteries, supercapacitors, hydraulic accumulators and flywheels
  • Mechanical converters and electrical converters
  • Design optimization of HEV



Giorgio Rizzoni

Giorgio Rizzoni has served in his current role as director for the Center for Automotive Research since 1999, while holding faculty appointments in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). He has been continuously engaged in graduate and undergraduate curriculum development on subjects related to system dynamics, mechatronics, powertrain modeling, hybrid-electric vehicles and system fault diagnosis. Rizzoni is a three-time recipient of the MAE External Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award and in 1996 received the College of Engineering Stanley Harrison Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.