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This paper presents a transformerless hybrid active filter integrated into a medium-voltage motor drive for energy savings. This hybrid filter is intended for line harmonic-current mitigation of the three-phase diode rectifier used as the front end of the motor drive. It is based on direct connection of a passive filter tuned to the seventh-harmonic frequency in series with an active filter using a three-level pulsewidth modulated (PWM) converter. This paper provides a theoretical discussion on voltage-balancing control of two split dc capacitors of the active filter. The 400-V 15-kW motor drive system is designed, constructed, and tested, which can be considered as a downscaled model from a medium-voltage motor drive without regenerative braking. Experimental results verify that the hybrid filter has the capability of satisfactory harmonic filtering and stable voltage balancing in all the load conditions.