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Diploma in Electric Vehicle Technology

In this free online course, learn the foundations of designing an Electric Vehicle and its technologies.

Publisher: NPTEL
This free online course in Electric Vehicle Technology will teach you the fundamental principles of designing an electric vehicle. With the growing prices in fuel, electric vehicles are more accessible than ever, and with governments pushing car manufacturers to produce more electric vehicles, the future is in electronics. If you are an automotive technician, a mechanical or electrical engineer, or just a car enthusiast, this course is for you.
Diploma in Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Duration

    20-30 Hours
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This free online course in Electric Vehicle Technology will teach you the fundamental principles of designing an electric vehicle. Several years ago, electric vehicles were seen as something that was far into the future. Still, today, technology has not only allowed us to make them, but they are safer, more reliable, and more powerful than ever before. Not only are electric vehicles better for the environment than internal combustion engine vehicles, but they are also six times more energy-efficient than petrol or diesel vehicles. With the rising prices in fuel and electric vehicles becoming more accessible, electric vehicles’ future is promising. The first thing you will learn in this course is the physics or the dynamics that apply to vehicles. The biggest concern with electric vehicles is them having enough power and energy to journey from one place to another. To calculate the amount of power and energy an electric vehicle will need to perform, we need to understand how the vehicle’s weight, the passengers’ weight, road conditions, wind resistance, and other forces impact the vehicle’s performance. Understanding the physics of these forces will help you calculate the amount of torque and power an electric motor will need to overcome these forces, and how much energy a battery needs to supply to achieve the power requirements specified for the vehicle.

Then you will investigate a vehicle's drive train’s role, including motors, controllers, batteries, and gears. These are the elements that power the performance of the vehicle. Of course, the heart of an electric vehicle is the battery. You will discover the chemical make-up of different types of batteries, and special attention will be given to the chemistry and properties of lithium-ion batteries, which is the battery of choice for electric vehicles. Afterwards, you will learn about different battery parameters and indicators. You will determine how to calculate the battery capacity, the state of charge of the battery, or the percentage of charge still left in a battery so that the vehicle can inform the user how many more kilometres the vehicle can travel before it needs to recharge. You will learn about the concept of depth of charge and its importance in maintaining healthy battery life. You will understand the concept of c-rate, that is, the rate at which a battery can charge and discharge, as well as how to estimate a battery’s state of health.

Finally, you will learn how to design a battery pack. You will explore the different types of battery cells and arrange them to form the battery pack. You will learn how to compute the amount of energy you can achieve by putting these cells together and how to build a strong and safe container for the cells. To achieve this, you will study selecting the appropriate materials using The Ashby Method, a Material Index, and how to use Kirchoff’s Equation for the base plate and end plates calculations. You will learn how to design an excellent thermal management system to mitigate thermal accidents and increase battery life, how to calculate the amount of energy the battery loses as heat, and how to calculate thermal resistance. You will identify how to design a reliable busbar with all of its electrical components and design a suitable battery management system that will store data and communicate with the vehicle’s computer. Electric Vehicles are the vehicles of the future. They are eco-friendly, less expensive to operate than conventional internal combustion vehicles, and are more reliable. If you are in the automotive industry, if you are a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer, or simply interested in learning how electric vehicles work, this course is for you. Enrol in this Diploma in Electric Vehicle Technology course today, and be part of an ever-changing future in electric vehicles’ design.

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