Vehicle Architecture for Hybrid, Electric, Automated, and Shared Vehicle Design C2206

Vehicle Architecture for Hybrid, Electric, Automated, and Shared Vehicle Design C2206

Electric and hybrid vehicle engineers and designers are faced with the important issue of how to adequately configure required powertrain system components to achieve needed performance, occupant accommodation, and operational objectives. This course enables participants to fully comprehend vehicle architectural/configurational design requirements to enable efficient structural design, effective packaging of required components, and efficient vehicle performance for shared and autonomous operation. The importance of integrating these design requirements with specific vehicle user needs and expectations will be emphasized. In-class individual and group projects will enable students to gain practical experience in applying gained knowledge of efficient electric and hybrid vehicle component packaging strategies.

Designers and engineers responsible for vehicle physical design integration will find the course topics most useful for developing efficient vehicle design.

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Define vehicle architecture and the specific requirements of an architecture for hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Differentiate between vehicle motor/transmission design packaging for conventional electric motor and in-wheel electric motor design
  • Recognize the design requirements for effective electric vehicle battery placement, mounting, and enclosure design
  • Identify the sensor types, function, and packaging requirements for autonomous electric vehicle operation
  • Recognize the importance of passenger entry and egress design for autonomous vehicle usage
  • Illustrate reconfigurable seating design options for shared electric vehicle passenger/delivery autonomous vehicle design

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for Electrical Application Engineers, Design Engineers, Project Managers, and other positions within EV development working with or transitioning to electric powertrain development. It is intended for those who have a basic understanding of hybrid and/or electric vehicles who are seeking to increase their knowledge and understanding of electric vehicle system applications.


An engineering degree is highly recommended, but not required. This course does not cover basic electrical concepts and assumes that the attendee already understands such concepts (voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, inductance, etc.).

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.


David Schmueser

David Schmueser joined CU-ICAR in August 2013 as Adjunct Professor of Automotive Engineering. He also is a consultant to the US University Program at Altair Engineering, where he served as University Program Manager, 2007-2015. He received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering Mechanics, and a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Prior to joining CU-ICAR and Altair, Dr. Schmueser worked as a research engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio and as a senior staff engineer at General Motors Research Labs in Warren, Michigan. He was also an Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, 1993-2007.

Dr. Schmueser has over 30 years experience in light-weight materials design, vehicle optimal structural design, and computer-aided-engineering instruction. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the College-Industry Partnership Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

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