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Hybrid & Electric Systems

A global team of automotive electrical systems consultants with extensive experience in engineering hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and range extended electric vehicles.


We are able to take concepts from a business case through to complete industrialisation programmes and have extensive design, simulation and systems integration experience and in-depth knowledge in all the relevant technologies and our work covers complete vehicles through to individual components. We work with the world’s leading automakers, vehicle component and system manufacturers, government agencies and industry regulatory bodies, providing unparalleled experience and expertise in vehicle hybridization, electrification, and the deployment of next-generation automotive energy management and storage solutions.

Ricardo provides a comprehensive service covering the entire hybrid and electric vehicle product life-cycle:

  • Business case analysis, assessment and evaluation for products ranging from micro-hybrid variants of existing automotive products to all-electric and range extended electric vehicles
  • Complete hybrid and electric vehicle powertrain design and integration expertise including control and energy storage systems
  • Hybrid and EV sub-system design and development, including electric motor (eMachines), battery management systems (BMS), power electronics, DC-DC converters and control modules
  • 48 volt architecture as demonstrated on our ADEPT (Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain) demonstration vehicle
  • Application of the latest legislation, regulation and safety requirements for all markets
  • Hybrid transmission design, development and prototyping
  • Hybrid and range extender engine design, development and integration
  • Powertrain integration and calibration, thermal, NVH and EMC development to meet specific application targets
  • Control strategy development including both hardware and embedded software, and integration with vehicle systems
  • Established centre of excellence for battery system development
  • Collaborative R&D projects for future hybrid and electric vehicle efficiency improvement
  • Charging station development expertise and experience
  • Research and consultancy on power distribution grid aspects of EV management including smart metering strategy development
  • In-depth research of consumer attitudes and predicted behaviours based on the mass roll-out of plug-in vehicles

Key benefits of the Ricardo H&EV services include:

  • Ricardo’s depth of strategic knowledge and technical experience enables customers to move quickly from concept to production
  • Proven expertise in complex programme management and delivery with well in excess of 150 hybrid and EV projects successfully completed
  • World-class hybrid and EV development resources and facilities
  • Global teams for engine, transmission and vehicle design and development to ensure complete system understanding and integration
  • In-depth knowledge of automotive and power distribution sectors and associated technologies
  • A deep technical understanding and proven expertise to develop, validate and implement into production virtually any vehicle architecture
  • 1 and 2 day expert training courses available on and off site