In this study, a new modified fuzzy-PI (MFPI) controller is designed to control a high-power Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM) modeled by means of the finite element method (FEM) for hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) applications. Finite element analysis has been carried out via the Maxwell 2D software package. The motor flux, inductance and torque characteristics obtained from the analyses have been presented. The obtained numerical analysis data was transferred to the Matlab/Simulink environment, and a non-linear dynamic SR motor model was created. The motor speed has been controlled by conventional fuzzy-PI (FPI) and new modified fuzzy-PI (MFPI) controller after designing the nonlinear model of the SRM.