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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 with different operations including regenerative braking, delve into the machines and power electronics used in electric vehicles and the technology behind their operation, learn about battery technology, EV charging, smart charging, battery management systems and thermal systems and about future trends in the development of electric cars like autonomous driving.

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 includes Lightyear One EV, the Carver EV, ABB EV charging infrastructure and the Vattenfall solar race team.

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?

  • Comparing ICE and Electric Vehicles
  • EV Powertrains & its sizing
  • Well-to-wheel emissions of EVs
  • Regenerative braking
  • Case study: Carver EV
  • Case study: Lightyear One EV

Week 2: Electric Machines and Power Electronics

  • EV Power Electronics
  • Electric Machines
  • Inverter/VFD
  • Speed Control
  • Losses in power electronics, battery and electric machines

Week 3: Battery Technology for EVs

  • Battery working principles & Battery losses
  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Battery pack and battery management system
  • Battery production and reuse
  • Case study: Carver EV battery
  • Case study: Lightyear EV battery

Week 4. Charging Technology of EVs

  • AC charging - Type 1,2,3
  • DC charging - CHAdeMO, Tesla, CCS, GB/T
  • Fast charging and its limitations
  • Smart charging and applications
  • Vehicle to grid (V2G) technology
  • Case study: ABB

Week 5. Future trends in electric cars

  • Wireless and on-road charging of EV
  • Battery swap technology
  • Autonomous driving
  • Charging EVs from renewables
  • Case study: Vattenfall solar car team

Taught by

Pavol Bauer, Auke Hoekstra, Gautham Ram and Marnix Wagemaker


4.6 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

4.4 rating at edX based on 15 ratings

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