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Learn about hybrid vehicles with online courses and programs

Hybrid vehicles run on a combination of gas and electric power, offering a higher fuel economy than gas-only vehicles. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint or learn more about the industry for your professional future, edX courses can help.

What are hybrid vehicles?

Hybrid vehicles are equipped with both a traditional car engine and at least one electric motor. Unlike completely electric vehicles which are plugged in to charge an internal battery, hybrid vehicles generate electric power through regenerative braking and the internal combustion engine.

Because they use less fuel and offer better gas mileage than conventional cars, hybrid vehicles cost drivers less to run.Footnote 1 Many governments also offer tax credits, cash rebates, and other incentives for drivers with registered hybrid vehicles.Footnote 2

The largest automotive markets are projected to go completely electric, which includes hybrid vehicles, by 2035.Footnote 3 Drivers, policymakers, and professionals in the automotive industry can all benefit from understanding how hybrid vehicles work.

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Hybrid vehicles course curriculum

Are you interested in the inner workings of hybrid vehicles? You can develop your knowledge of hybrid powertrains with edX courses. Lessons may cover foundational topics such as:

  • Benefits of combining electric and conventional powertrains

  • Pros and cons of different types of hybrid powertrains

  • Electric machine, battery, and combustion engine sizing

  • Hybrid powertrain controls

  • Hybrid powertrain and controller simulations

  • Cost-analysis of different hybrid powertrain types

If you want to learn more about the future of hybrid and electric vehicles, you can explore courses on emerging automotive technologies. Curricula may cover intelligent perception and decision procedures needed for self-driving cars, as well as model-based simulation designs and algorithms.

Learning about how to use this tool can supplement your knowledge of engineering and the automotive industry. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore hybrid vehicle industry jobs

Learning about hybrid vehicles can open doors to a wide range of career opportunities. Here are a few jobs in and related to the hybrid automotive industry:

  • Control systems engineer: Develops software and control algorithms that manage the interaction between the internal combustion engine and electric motor in hybrid vehicles.Footnote 4

  • Electrical engineer: Works on the electrical systems and components of hybrid vehicles, including wiring, connectors, and power distribution.Footnote 5

  • Mechanical engineer: Designs and optimizes mechanical components, such as the transmission and drivetrain, to ensure efficient integration of the hybrid powertrain.Footnote 6

  • Automotive software developer: Develops software for hybrid vehicle control systems, battery management, diagnostics, and user interfaces.Footnote 7

  • Regulatory specialist: Stays informed about environmental regulations and helps ensure hybrid vehicles meet emission and efficiency standards.Footnote 8

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, you may be able to build relevant skills in a boot camp. However, some employers may seek candidates with a degree in engineering, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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