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AUTO 2450 - Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: AUTO 2060  

(formerly AUTO 1440 and AUTO 2440)

This course provides an introduction to Hybrids and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Material covered includes high voltage batteries, regenerative braking, safety procedures, hybrid maintenance and diagnostics. Carbon-based fuels and future propulsion options will be included.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the components and characteristics that make up different Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (HEV) on the road today.


  1. Given the different operating characteristics, identify different types of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles.
  2. Given the vehicle make, explain the characteristic of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle components.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to diagnose HEV driveability concerns.


  1. Given a scan tool, diagnose the trouble code and locate the proper flow chart to complete the repair.
  2. Given a HEV, locate the power off switch to disable the high voltage battery system so repairs can be performed.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply high voltage safety practices.


  1. Identify a high-voltage cable or wire by its color.
  2. Explain how to use the “one hand rule” for working on electrical circuits.
  3. Explain why there are different classes of electrician-safety gloves and which class is appropriate to use.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to service a hybrid vehicle’s climate control system.


  1. Explain why some hybrid vehicles use electric A/C compressors.
  2. List the correct type of oil to use in an electric A/C compressor.
  3. Describe the basic parameters of engine idle-stop mode as it relates to the A/C system.
  4. Identify the components of the vehicles climate control system.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the uses, application and environmental impact of different carbon based fuels.


  1. Environmental awareness, renewable and non-renewable fuels
  2. Identify the differences and uses of vehicle propulsion alternatives.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. What is a hybrid vehicle?
    1. Gas - electric
    2. Diesel - electric
    3. ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) - hydraulic
    4. Fuel cells
    5. Flex fuel vehicles
    6. CNG (Compressed Natural Gas)
    7. Electric
    8. Examples of hybrid vehicles
    9. Series systems
    10. Parallel systems
    11. Series parallel systems
  2. Alternative Fuels
    1. Bio-diesel
    2. CNG
    3. Ethanol 85
    4. Electric
  3. Hybrid batteries
    1. Lithium
    2. Lead acid
    3. Nickel hydride
  4. Regenerative braking systems
    1. Components
    2. System operation
  5. HEV transmissions
    1. Single speed
    2. CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
    3. Conventional automatic and manual
  6. HEV systems
    1. Heating system
    2. Air conditioning system
    3. Power steering
  7. HEV safety procedures
    1. Honda
    2. Toyota
    3. General Motors
    4. Ford
  8. Diagnostic procedures
    1. Scan Tools
    2. Honda procedures
    3. Toyota procedures
    4. General Motors procedures
    5. Ford procedures
  9. Electric motors
    1. AC motors and operating characteristics
    2. DC motors and operating characteristics
  10. HEV maintenance
    1. Honda
    2. Ford
    3. General Motors
    4. Toyota

Primary Faculty
LaHaie, Kurtis
Secondary Faculty
Rossow, Matthew
Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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