Northwestern Ohio University to Offer Hybrid EV Degree

(TNS) – Beginning in August, Ohio Northwestern University will offer a degree in hybrid electric vehicle technology. Teaching areas include design controls, operating characteristics of hybrid, hybrid electric and electric vehicles. A UNOH graduate will be able to perform maintenance, repair, and inspection of hybrid electric vehicles as well as gasoline-powered vehicles.

UNOH’s Joe Croft shared some stats.

“Sales of electrified vehicles jumped 81% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020,” he said. “There are over 60 different plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles available to the consumer in the market which is growing every month.”


President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14057 mandates 50% electric vehicle sales across the United States by 2030, followed by a complete ban on all new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035.

Joe Williams, one of three instructors leading the new hybrid electric vehicle program at UNOH, spoke to the Lima Noon Sertoma Club about electric, hybrid and hybrid-electric vehicles. He explained the difference between the vehicles.

“An electric vehicle runs purely on battery power and that’s how it propels itself on the road,” Williams said. “When we talk about hybrids, we’re usually talking about what’s called a plug-in hybrid. So it’s kind of a mix between the two worlds. Now there are a lot of different ways to configure them.”

Electric vehicles need to be recharged. Williams told the Sertoma Club that if you drive locally your home charge should be sufficient. It is when trips are planned further away from home that things need to be planned in more detail. Williams said: “A 120 Charger charges too slowly at a rate of four miles per hour. A better, but more expensive option is to install a 240 Charger which will charge your vehicle at around 30 miles per hour. There are chargers level three when you take car trips that charge your electric vehicle to around 80% capacity in less than an hour.”

Williams discussed some of the myths associated with electric vehicles. Some have a grain of truth while others don’t. The first myth was that electric vehicles don’t pay their fair share of taxes. Williams replied: “We’re not at the pumps. We don’t pay gas tax. We wear down the roads. The car is heavier than a traditional vehicle. How are we compensated for the wear and tear of the roads? To register for beacons was $280 so they got all my money up front. Some sources claim that over 10 years EV owners will actually pay more taxes and registration for the same number of miles that internal combustion would pay on gas tax over the same 10 years.

Another myth is that batteries don’t work in the winter.

“The batteries work great when warm,” Williams said. “They always work in winter. The capacity drops a bit, sometimes up to 30%. So you can lose 30% of your range in cold weather.”

Another myth is that the power grid cannot support a large number of electric vehicles. Williams told the club it was a very real problem.

“That’s the biggest problem with electric vehicles. But again, there are ways to mitigate those problems,” he said. “Charging overnight at off-peak times using renewable sources to try to compensate for grid issues. But ultimately that’s going to be a problem. How are we going to manage the amount of electric vehicles that are going to be put on the grid? ?”

Williams concluded his remarks by saying there was room for both.

“Yes, electric vehicles still have problems, but 100 years ago the internal combustion engine had them too,” he said. “We would have looked back at those people and said, ‘Oh no, it’s so much more work, I’m going to stay with my horse. Yes, it’s not perfect. But if you’re a two-vehicle household and want something to run around town and really save some money and do some planning, I definitely recommend it.

©2022 The Lima News (Lima, Ohio). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


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