ENG07044 2019 Sustainable Vehicle Technologies

General Details

Full Title
Sustainable Vehicle Technologies
Transcript Title
Sustainable Vehicle Technologi
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
COEL - Computing & Electronic Eng
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean Mullery, Eva Murphy, Shane Gilroy
Programme Membership
SG_EELEC_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronics and Self Driving Technologies

This module provides an overview of modern vehicle technologies such as electric, hydrogen fuel cell and biofuel based propulsion systems with a focus on sustainable energy generation and storage.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Compare energy costs and environmental impacts associated with hybrid, electric, and fossil fuel-based vehicles.


Explain the functional operation and technical characteristics of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV)


Assess the advantages and disadvantages of modern non-fossil fuel vehicle propulsion systems such as hydrogen fuel cell and biofuel technology


Discuss the challenges associated with sustainable energy development and storage


Evaluate the performance of charging systems for hybrid and electric vehicles

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture & Practical

Module Assessment Strategies

CA & Final Exam

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

  • Hybrid & Electric Vehicles
    • BEV, HEV, PHEV powertrain technologies & design characteristics
    • Self-charging and plug-in charging systems for hybrid & electric vehicles
    • Electricity development and the electric vehicle lifecycle
    • Battery, Supercapacitors and energy storage technology, performance, assessment quantities and life cycle
    • Ethical considerations in electric vehicle development, use and life cycle
  • Biofuel technologies
    • Biodiesel and Bioethanol powertrain, characteristics, production, emissions and vehicle life cycle
    • Ethical and social impacts of biofuel production
    • Biofuels vs. Electric & Fossil Fuel technology
  • Traditional vehicle technology
    • ICE powertrain characteristics, emissions and vehicle lifecycle
    • Petrol and Diesel production
    • Ethical and social impacts of ICE vehicles
  • Sustainable technologies
    • Overview of solar, wind, hydro and emerging sustainable energy development
  • Emerging sustainable vehicle technologies
    • Assessment of up to date research on new or emerging technologies from peer-reviewed academic papers & patents
  • Energy storage methods and challenges

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Coursework & Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Engineering Laboratory Practical / Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2018-02-02 Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles, Third Edition CRC Press
ISBN 9780429998232 ISBN-13 0429998236

The book deals with the fundamentals, theoretical bases, and design methodologies of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). The design methodology is described in mathematical terms, step-by-step, and the topics are approached from the overall drive train system, not just individual components. Furthermore, in explaining the design methodology of each drive train, design examples are presented with simulation results.

Required Reading
2019-03-30 Advances in Sustainable Energy Springer
ISBN 303005635X ISBN-13 9783030056353

This book reveals key challenges to ensuring the secure and sustainable production and use of energy resources, and provides corresponding solutions. It discusses the latest advances in renewable energy generation, and includes studies on climate change and social sustainability. In turn, the book goes beyond theory and describes practical challenges and solutions associated with energy and sustainability. In particular, it addresses: renewable energy conversion technologies; transmission, storage and consumption; green buildings and the green economy; and waste and recycling. The book presents the current state of knowledge on renewable energy and sustainability, supported by detailed examples and case studies, making it not only a cutting-edge source of information for experts and researchers in the field, but also an educational tool for related undergraduate and graduate courses.

Required Reading
2017-11-20 Sustainable Energy Technologies CRC Press
ISBN 9781351980678 ISBN-13 135198067X

This book examines the key aspects that will define future sustainable energy systems: energy supply, energy storage, security and limited environmental impacts. It clearly explains the need for an integrated engineering approach to sustainable energies, based on mathematical, biogeophysical, and engineering arguments. Resilient and efficient alternatives are compared to non-sustainable options. This book results from the collaboration of 50 international contributors.

Module Resources

Journal Resources
  • IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
  • IEEE transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • IEEE transactions on Energy Conversion