About this online course


Get an in-depth understanding of the technology behind electric cars.

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 EVsVs


Course Syllabus:

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


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 / 5 weeks
  • More than 67,000 already enrolled!
  • Available in Spanish

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