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DelftX: Electric Cars: Technology


About this course

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!

What you'll learn

Operation principle of electric cars

Motors and power electronics in an electric car

Battery technology

Relevant charging infrastructure technologies and innovations, such as smart charging

Future technology for EVs such as wireless charging and solar EVs


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


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

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