Full electric vehicles

Alasdair Cairns, Chris Gerada, Mohsen Moslemin, Malcolm Marecki, Christos Antoniou, Kamyar Hazeri

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Provided within this chapter is an overview of the current state of the art for electric drives in passenger car battery electric vehicles. A concise summary of the drivers towards full electric vehicles is initially presented, with some discussion on the current basics of operation, relative merits and trends for the integration of the key subsystems within the vehicle. This is followed by descriptions of the current trends in passenger car drivetrain subsystem design covering the transmission, traction motor, inverter unit and battery pack. The chapter concludes with a life cycle analysis of a typical medium-sized vehicle electric powertrain, providing an additional context of the greenhouse gas impacts across key regions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies for Improved Environmental Performance
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Zero Carbon Transportation
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780323909792
ISBN (Print)9780323900287
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • battery pack
  • Electric propulsion
  • life cycle analysis
  • power electronics
  • traction motor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)


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