In this paper, Simulink and Carsim are combined to study the velocity estimation of distributed drive electric vehicles. Firstly, the minimum co-simulation system is established to complete the design and debugging of the algorithm. Then, a new algorithm combining unscented Kalman filter and strong tracking filter is proposed based on the vehicle estimation model. The accuracy and real-time performance of the velocity estimation algorithm are validated by simulation under snake-shaped driving conditions with different road adhesion coefficients. Finally, an experimental test is carried out to verify the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm in estimating vehicle velocity.