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Delft University of Technology

Electric Cars: Technology

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Electric cars are more than a novel means of mobility. They have been recognized as an essential building block of the energy transition. Fulfilling their promise will imply a significant change in the technical, digital and social dimensions of transport and energy infrastructure. If you are interested in learning about the state-of-the-art technology behind electric cars, then this is the course for you!

This course focuses on the technology behind electric cars. You will explore the working principle of electric vehicles, delve into the key roles played by motors and power electronics, learn about battery technology, EV charging, smart charging and about future trends in the development of electric cars.

The course includes video lectures, presentations and exercises, which are all illustrated with real-world case studies from projects that were implemented in the Netherlands.

This course was co-developed by Dutch Innovation Centre for Electric Road Transport (Dutch-INCERT) and TU Delft and is taught by experts from both the industry and academia, who share their knowledge and insights.

Join the course and be prepared for the upcoming developments amid the transition to electric vehicles!


Week 1: How does an EV work?
EV Vs gasoline car
Electric car drivetrain
Electric motor
Power electronic in an electric car Regenerative braking

Week 2: Battery Technology for EVs
Storage technologies for EV
Battery working principles
Battery losses
Li-ion batteries
Battery pack and battery management system

Week 3. Charging Technology of EVs
AC charging - Type 1,2,3
DC charging - Chademo, Tesla, CCS
Fast charging and its limitations
Smart charging and applications
Vehicle to grid (V2G) technology

Week 4. Future trends in electric cars
Wireless charging of EV
On-road charging of EV
Battery swap technology
Solar powered EVs
Charging EVs from renewables

Taught by

Pavol Bauer, Auke Hoekstra, Gautham Ram and Marnix Wagemaker

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  • Anonymous
    Can I get free certificate after complete the course. Expecting your intimation to attend the course. I need certificate.
  • Abhishek Gupta

    Abhishek Gupta completed this course.

    Electric vehicle will be future of vehicle as we know that fossil fuels vehicle technology would be execute more in future because fossil fuels resources is the limited resources which is present on the earth as I have completed this course with the knowledge how the electric vehicle propelltion and the thing which are in the Electric vehicle such as battery, inverter, motor etc
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    Malange Mpfariseni Michael
    Because it solves a lot of environmental problems, and it saves money for fuel which is so expensive now.
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    Αγγελος Κλεανθης completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course is suitable for anyone who has a basic background in Physics and Maths and wants to get an overview of how EV work. Very enjoyable!
  • Daniel Rowe completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Good introduction to the electrical engineering concepts relevant to electric vehicles. As a mechanical engineer, the course provides some useful insight into technology that will only grow in prominence over the coming years.

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