Parallel hybrid vehicle drivetrain
“How can both an electric motor and internal combustion engine be integrated into a hybrid vehicle?”
Hybrid cars are truly captivating machines, being able to combine the ingenuity of electric motors with the range of internal combustion engines. However, both of these components are designed to work independently of each other. So how can we use our engineering mindset to create a system that can integrate both types of power sources? Well, let’s think of it. If we think back to electronic circuits, we know that we can have multiple batteries supplying a common load by placing the batteries in parallel with one another. So why not do the same thing with our electric motor and ICE to simultaneously power the wheels? This setup is known as a parallel hybrid vehicle drivetrain and is used to power lower cost hybrid vehicles.