EPE Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Chapter (EPE-E&HV)

·         Mission

·         Relevance

·         Actual and future perspectives

·         Activities

·         Organisation

·         Interesting papers and books

·         Interesting vehicle simulation tools

·         Associations

Chapter Chair

Prof. Dr. Ir. Joeri Van Mierlo, Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Department of Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology (ETEC) - MOBI – Mobility and Automotive Technology Research Group


The Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Chapter provides a collection of interesting material concerning power electronics and drives for automotive applications. If you want to contribute, please contact us. Furthermore, we want to inform on a regular base about trends, news and interesting publications in the area of electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.


New trends in the automotive industries lead to an increasing demand to use more electrical systems. The coming 10 to 20 years drastic changes in the automotive power systems are to be expected. Power electronics and drives will play an important role in:

-       hybrid propulsion systems reducing fuel consumption

-       fuel cell electric and battery electric vehicles with potentially zero emissions

-       high efficient converters for peak power units like supercapacitors

-       in-wheel hub motors, drive by wire

-       steering wheels, electric driven air-conditioning systems

-       etc

Actual and future perspectives

Finite oil resources and their political and economic effects are leading to the need to reduce dependency on imported oil and consequently to the development of alternative energy sources. Beside these economic and political aspects, there are major environmental reasons for changing our transport systems. Electrically driven vehicles like battery, hybrid or fuel cell electric vehicles can play an import role in this context.

Battery electric vehicle
The battery-electric vehicle is an available solution allowing energy savings and emission reductions up to 50% compared with equivalent conventional vehicles. Fitted with Lithium or NaNiCl batteries, it can cover a range of 150 to 250 km, which gives it a market share of 20 to 35%. This suits the need of most commuters and/or second family cars, as well as a majority of light utility vehicles.

Hybrid electric vehicle
The hybrid electric vehicle is an available solution allowing an energy saving of 20 to 30% compared with equivalent conventional vehicles. This saving can even be increased when the batteries are charged from the electricity grid. Significant emission reductions are possible. It is fitted with NiMH or Lithium batteries, and/or supercapacitors, and has no limitation in range except in pure electric mode. It appeals to the same market as the conventional vehicle, and can thus, in complement with the battery-electric vehicle, cover the whole market.

Fuel cell electric vehicle
The fuel cell electric vehicle is a long term solution, not available on a commercial basis for the next 15 to 20 years. It follows the continuity of electric vehicle development, the battery being replaced wholly or partially by a fuel cell associated or not with supercapacitors. This technology is interesting since it makes use of hydrogen as an energy source. However, its energetic and environmental performances will be inferior to those attained by battery-electric vehicles, and can probably be compared to those of hybrid electric vehicles.


Recent activities

Upcoming collaboration


EPE'13 ECCE Europe - "15th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications" 
3-5 September 2013, Lille, France


EVS - “World Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition”.
17-20 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain; 2000 participants expected

Past activities

The EPE Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Chapter collaborated with:



EEVC - “European Electric Vehicle Conference”. 20-22 November 2012, Brussels, Belgium; 400 participants expected (http://www.eevc.eu)


IEEE-VPPC 2010, Lille, France, 1-3 Septembre 2010, http://vppc2010.univ-lille1.fr/


EVS24, The International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium, 13-16 May 2009, Stavanger, Norway, www.evs24.org


APE2009, Automotive Power Electronics, March 25 & 26, 2009, Paris, France, www.sia.fr/evenement_detail_automotive_power_electronics_welcome_969.htm


EET-2008, 3rd European Ele-Drive Transportation Conference, March 11-13, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland, www.ele-drive.com


Tutorial: Propulsion systems for hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles at EPE2007 in Aalborg, Denmark, 2 September  07


APE-2007, International Conference AUTOMOTIVE POWER ELECTRONICS; 26-27 September 2007; Salons de l’Aveyron, Paris, France


EET-2007, European Ele-Drive Conference, 30th May - 2nd June 2007, Brussels, Belgium "On the Way to sustainable Development and Market Opening" www.ele-drive.com


EPE-E&HV Advisory board:

- Prof. Rik DE DONKER, Univ. Aachen, Germany
- Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, Erasmushogeschool Brussel, Belgium
- Prof. Nigel SCHOFIELD, Manchester University, UK
Prof. Walter SCHUMACHER, Tenische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Prof. Tore UNDELAND, Norwegian University of Science and Tencology, Norway
- Prof. Joeri VAN MIERLO, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
- Prof. Andrea VEZZINI, Bern University of Applied Science, Switzerland
- Prof. Alain Bouscayrol
, University of Lille 1, France. Coordinator of MEGEVH French network on HEVs
To be extended

Useful information

Interesting papers and books:

Modern electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles: fundamentals, theory, and design
Mehrdad Ehsani, et al.
ISBN 0-8493-3154-4; 2005 CRC Press LLC

Electric and hybrid vehicles
Husain, Iqbal;
ISBN 0-8493-1466-6, 2003 CRC Prss LLC

Electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles: state of the art and perspectives
Maggetto G., Van Mierlo J
Annales de Chimie - Science des matériaux; Thematic issue on "Material for Fuel Cell Systems"; isnn 0151-9107, Volume 26; N4/2001; pg 9-26

Topological overview of hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicular power system architectures and configurations
Emadi, A.; Rajashekara, K.; Williamson, S.S.; Lukic, S.M.,
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Volume: 54  Issue: 3  May 2005, Page(s): 763- 770,

Power electronics intensive solutions for advanced electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicular power systems
Emadi, A.; Williamson, S.S.; Khaligh, A.
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Volume: 21  Issue: 3  May 2006, Page(s): 567- 577

Which energy source for road transport in the future? A comparison of battery, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles
Van Mierlo J., Maggetto G., Lataire Ph.
International Journal on Energy Conversion and Management, 47 (2006), 2748-2760

-       Additional suggestions can be send to us

Interesting vehicle simulation tools:

Vehicle Simulation Programme (VUB)
The Vehicle Simulation Programme, VSP, allows simulating the behaviour of electric (battery, hybrid and fuel cell) as well as internal combustion vehicles (petrol, diesel, CNG, etc.). VSP is developed in LabVIEW by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

ADVISOR is designed for rapid analysis of the performance and fuel economy of conventional and advanced vehicle models as well as hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicle models. ADVISOR is written in MATLAB/Simulink software environment.

-       Additional suggestions can be send to us


EPE Association Home
The homepage of the European Power Electronics (EPE) Society with links to the conferences and workshops.

The European Association of Road Electric, Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles

The European Association of Cities Interested in Electric, Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles

IEEE Power Electronics Society
They provide some material automotive power electronics and motor drives.

IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
They provide some material automotive electronics.

Last Change: 18 February 2013
© 2013 Van Mierlo, Joeri