Plug-in Hybrids: Opportunities and Challenges     

Part of the SAE Hybrid Fundamentals Web Seminar Series

I.D.# C0905Printable Description
Duration: 2 Hours
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The path to commercialization of plug-in hybrids is likely to require complex interactions between OEMs, battery manufacturers, electric utilities, and government, yet the plug-in hybrid is a still-developing technology. How do plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) differ from conventional hybrids? What are the advantages and challenges for vehicle manufacturers, public utilities, energy and environmental concerns, and end-users? What is the current state of plug-in hybrid development?

Those unfamiliar with PHEV or vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, yet whose job will be impacted by plug-in hybrid vehicles in the future, will benefit from this two-hour web seminar.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the relevant differences between plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and conventional hybrid vehicles
  • Identify fundamental charge-discharge strategies
  • Explain the performance demands placed on PHEV energy storage systems and development trends in energy storage
  • Recognize the enablers and barriers to mass commercialization of PHEVs
  • Summarize infrastructure requirements as well as supply-side and demand-side incentives
  • Explain the potential energy and emission benefits of PHEV and V2G synergies

Who Should Attend
This course will benefit automotive and commercial vehicle industry professionals who want to understand the rapidly-changing development of plug-in hybrids, as well as proposed legislation that may affect that development, and surrounding infrastructure that will play a supporting role in PHEV commercialization.

Topical Outline

  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) architectures
    • Gasoline-electric plug-in hybrids
    • Diesel-electric plug-in hybrids
    • Fuel cell plug-in hybrids
  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) charge-discharge strategies
    • Series plug-in hybrids
    • Parallel plug-in hybrids
    • Series-parallel plug-in hybrids
    • Charge-sustaining (CD) strategies
    • Charge-depleting (CD) strategies
    • Blended charge-discharge strategies
  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) energy storage systems
    • State of energy storage chemistries today
    • Influence of all-electric range
    • Influence of charge-discharge strategies
  • State of plug-in hybrid development today
    • Conversion of existing hybrid vehicles
    • Passenger and light-duty vehicles
    • Heavy-duty vehicles
  • Interaction between plug-in hybrids and the electrical grid
    • Charging considerations
    • Infrastructure considerations
    • PHEVs and grid demand
  • Vehicle-to-grid (V2G)
    • How V2G works
    • State of V2G development today
    • What's needed to enable large-scale commercialization V2G
  • Government incentives toward development of PHEVs
    • Supply-side incentives
    • Demand-side incentives

Instructor(s): Jack Rosebro
Jack RosebroJack Rosebro has taught hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle technology to a wide variety of automotive industry professionals for the past ten years. Since 2006, he has developed and delivered curriculum for Perfect Sky, Inc. throughout the US and Canada. He also consults to community colleges that are integrating hybrid and electric vehicle technology into their curricula. Jack writes about hybrid technology, regulatory issues, and sustainable mobility for Green Car Congress, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Previously, Jack developed and taught courses on hybrid and electric vehicles, air/fuel systems, OBD-II self-diagnostic systems, and emission control systems. He received his M.Sc. in Engineering from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access (at least 56K) and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, class session recordings, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Although WebEx Training Manager will automatically launch when you join the web seminar, you or your system administrator are encouraged to download the plug-in in advance to help ensure successful setup. Click here, then follow the onscreen instructions.

NOTE: The course presentation will be recorded and made available for 30 days to those who register by the deadline.

Multiple Seat Discount - 50% off more than one!

  1. Register for this web seminar at the appropriate list or member price and enjoy a 50% discount off the list price of the other hybrid web seminars in this series (includes Introduction to Hybrid Powertrains; Basic Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Safety; Hybrid And Electric Vehicles: Current Production, Future Strategies.).


  2. Register one individual at the appropriate list or member price, then register as many additional employees at half off the list price. To receive the discount, register all individuals at the same time or mention the confirmation number for the first registrant. The offer is good for only the same web seminar series and dates. All registrants will receive a personal account and opportunity for CEUs.
Registration by phone with SAE Customer Service is required to take advantage of these discounts.

Can't attend on the date/time above? The presentation will be recorded and made available for 30 days to those who are registered, regardless of availability for the live session. If you still need to cancel, transfer to a future offering, or designate a substitute, a full refund is issued if you notify SAE at least 14 days prior to the web seminar start date. If less than 14 days prior, please contact SAE Customer Service to discuss options*. NOTE: SAE reserves the right to cancel web seminar and cannot be held responsible for related costs incurred by registrants other than the registration fee.

*Cancellation penalties may apply.

Fees: $270.00 ; SAE Members: $216.00 - $243.00

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


"Great means of accomplishing training while travel budgets are tight. I didn't seem to lose much by being physically absent. (I) liked the session times and ability to stay home to learn the material. This was my first webinar, but probably not my last. Very interesting format with a lot going for it."
Jason Osborn
Design Engineer, Sr
Bobcat Company

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