About this online course


Learn about the role of public policy in steering technological innovation and infrastructural change toward zero-emission mobility.

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. As the massive adoption of electric mobility will deeply change our society and our individual routines, government intervention is called for. If you are interested in learning about the roles of government in shaping the transition towards electric mobility and renewable energy systems, then this is the course for you.

In this course, you will explore the promise of electric mobility from different public policy perspectives and different levels of government, and learn how they interact. After completing this course, you will be able to assess a policy plan to support the introduction of electric cars and make a motivated choice between alternative policy instruments. In the final week, the course will be concluded by connecting the different track perspectives.

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 the Formula-E Team, Netherlands Enterprise Agency(RVO) and Car as a power plant project. 

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

What you'll learn:

  • Distinguishing between different policy perspectives and different levels of government pertaining to electric vehicles
  • Dealing with policy dilemmas and competing public values
  • Institutional theory and critical transactions in the future e-mobility/power system
  • Development and evaluation of effective e-mobility incentive schemes


Course Syllabus

Week 1: Policy Ambitions

  • Policy Ambitions
  • Relevant Policy Instruments in Place
  • Policy Options in Shaping the Future Part

Week 2: Institutional Theory

  • Introduction to Institutional Theory
  • Coherence between technology and institution
  • EV Policy in the Netherlands
  • Case study: EV institutions in the Netherlands: Holland E-Mobility

Week 3: EV Incentive Schemes

  • EV incentive schemes
  • Non-Financial incentives
  • Fuel cell EV in the electricity system
  • Case study: Contracts for Vehicle-to-grid V2G with Fuel cell EV

Week 4: Social Aspects

  • EV Consumer Behaviour
  • Optimizing Social Welfare
  • Privacy and Cyber Security
  • Value of Flexibility


Unless otherwise specified, the Course Materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that runs on edX. It is recommended that learners complete the first course, 'Electric cars: Introduction' before beginning this course to be familiar with the basic concepts.

  • Starts: Anytime (Self-Paced)
  • Free | Earn certificate for $124
  • Group fee: contact us
  • Length: Self-Paced
  • Effort: 4 - 5 hours per week / 4 weeks
  • More than 10,000 already enrolled!
  • Available in Spanish

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