Low Emission Vehicle Propulsion (H3051)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module introduces the operating principles of various vehicle propulsion systems and their integration into a range of automotive applications.

Topics include:

  • electric vehicle propulsion – motors, batteries, charging, battery management systems
  • fuel Cell systems – balance of plant, analysis of operating performance
  • internal combustion – pperating processes and analysis of performance including efficiency, power output, fuel consumption and emissions
  • low emissions – systems to reduce emissions and improve efficiencies including after-treatment systems, exhaust gas recirculation and turbocharging
  • alternative carbon-free fuels including hydrogen and ammonia-based internal combustion engines
  • hybrid powertrains – combinations of power sources, design of hybrid architectures, energy management strategies.


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Laboratory)


40%: Coursework (Report)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: