Hybrid & Battery Technology Part 1

The number of electric and hybrid vehicles is growing every year. Mandates such as the federal Energy Policy Act and the California Federal Pilot Program require most large fleets to include alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in ever-growing numbers. All of this means that the demand for AFV technicians is increasing dramatically. The AFV technician needs to know everything that is currently applicable to battery-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, along with new technology to deal with the batteries, electric motors, controllers, and auxiliary equipment.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain types of vehicles emissions, their impact on the environment, and health issues related to emissions.
  • Discuss the impact of dependence on foreign oil on the U.S economy, the effects of supply and demand, and the impacts of foreign policy and a global fuel economy.
  • Discuss the origins and history of early vehicles, recognizing early developments in electric vehicle technologies and their competition.
  • Categorize personal, shop, and battery safety procedures into practices, explain battery safety and causes of dangers, and discuss warning labels and rating systems of fire extinguishers.
  • Discuss vehicle safety systems, safety disconnects, safety interlock loops, and grounding, and explain correct procedures for maintenance of BEVs and HEVs.
  • Identify basic propulsion systems and major systems of electric vehicles (EVs), identify the impact of battery characteristics, compare AC and DC motors, and compare reliability and economy of EVs in contrast to the gasoline engines.
  • Discuss battery pack configurations, energy concepts and battery technology, battery chargers, and the electronic systems of the BEV/HEV.
  • Discuss energy storage and consumption systems, energy source components, and two HEV design models, and compare and contrast the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and the HEV/ICE.
  • Discuss EV test equipment, compare onboard diagnostic equipment with hand-held equipment and techniques for maintenance, and discuss test procedures for batteries, controllers, and motors.
  • Explain maintenance procedures for non-OEM EVs and HEVs through knowing timetables and features, and discuss troubleshooting techniques through sequential diagnostic models’ and recognizing system of substandard vehicles performance.

Taught by John Forro

Taught by John Forro