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This paper presents a new three-phase 12/8-pole brushless doubly fed doubly salient (BDFDS) machine for application to electric vehicles. It consists of two types of stator windings-polyphase armature winding and DC field winding. The key is to design, model, and analyze the proposed BDFDS machine. The output power equation is derived analytically, and the initial calculation of machine dimensions and parameters are also discussed. When we use finite-element analysis, the field distributions of the BDFDS machine at different loads and field currents are obtained, in which magnetic saturation and armature reaction are considered. Static characteristics of the proposed machine are also obtained. Based on these characteristics, the system mathematical model can be established. Hence, the evaluation of system performance is conducted by computer simulation. A 12/8-pole BDFDS machine is designed and built for experimentation. Experimental results are given to verify the theoretical analysis and simulation.