About this online 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, 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!

What you'll learn:

  • Operation principle of electric cars
  • Motors and power electronics in an electric cars
  • Battery technology
  • Relevant charging infrastructure technologies and innovations, such as smart charging
  • Future technology for EVs such as wireless charging and solar EVs


Course Syllabus:

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 renewable


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 $99
  • Length: Self-Paced
  • Effort: 4 - 5 hours per week / 4 weeks
  • More than 63,000 already enrolled!
  • Available in Spanish

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