Understanding Electric Vehicle Chargers
In this free online course, learn about the design and use of electric vehicle chargers and their management.
Take this certificate on your own.
Start now and learn at your own pace.
CertificationView course modules
We see more and more electric vehicles on the road each year. It’s no surprise that electric vehicles are more energy-efficient, reliable, and better for the environment than internal combustion engine vehicles. Some car manufacturers have even declared that they will completely stop producing petrol and diesel vehicles in a little over a decade, and their engineering divisions will focus entirely on electric vehicles. Like mobile phones and laptops, every electric vehicle comes with its charger’s difficulties. A need is arising in many large cities where electric vehicles require charging in public spaces, such as office parking lots, park garages, rest areas, truck stops, and hotels, to name a few. Since personal chargers often take time to charge a battery fully, there is also a need for fast charging stations for those ‘on the go’. This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about electric vehicle chargers and public charging stations. It will also teach you about a concept known as battery swapping.
First, you will examine the architecture of battery chargers, how they are designed and built. You will learn the difference between onboard chargers and off-board chargers and how they communicate with the vehicle. You will review a few concepts regarding battery parameters, such as charging rates and battery capacity, to understand what makes a fast charge. You will explore how a charger communicates with the power grid and the cloud for processing and billing users and possible solutions to cope with peak demands on the power grid. Next, you will learn about battery swapping. Since the upfront cost is relatively high, some countries opt for a system where an electric vehicle owner can lease a battery from an energy operator and swap a discharged battery with a fully charged battery after each cycle. Learn what it would take to set up these swapping stations, ensure leased batteries are not stolen by the user, and run operational data analysis to ensure a cost-effective business for both the driver and the energy operator.
For a company to operate swapping stations, bulk chargers have been designed to charge multiple batteries simultaneously. Learn how these bulk chargers work and how to manage their use for maximum energy efficiency. You will study standardisation efforts for chargers, connectors, and swapping stations in different countries and the standardisation committees responsible for creating these standards in each country. Finally, you will learn about electric vehicle analytics and how data is collected and sent to the cloud both when the vehicle is in motion and charging. Safety and operational analysis of the battery and other subsystems are done to ensure the vehicle’s safety and provide feedback for future models. If you are in the automotive industry and are looking to understand electric vehicle chargers, if you are an investor looking for new business opportunities or want to purchase an electric vehicle and do your research first, this course is for you. Start this free online course today and be on your way to understanding electric vehicle chargers.Start Course Now
Battery Chargers - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Battery Chargers
Battery Chargers - Lesson Summary
After completing this course you will be able to:
- Identify different types of chargers and their specifications
- Explain how public chargers function
- Discuss swappable batteries and swapping stations
- Outline different international standards for chargers
- Discuss cell-level monitoring in battery packs
- Explain the importance of thermal monitoring
- Describe how data storage can predict the state of health and life cycles of a battery
- Outline the benefits of data analytics for business operators
All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire an official Certificate, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certificate is:
Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning
Alison offers 3 types of Certificates for completed Certificate courses:
Digital Certificate - a downloadable Certificate in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
Certificate - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Certificate, posted to you with FREE shipping
Framed Certificate - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Certificate in a stylish frame, posted to you with FREE shipping
All Certificates are available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Certificates, please visit our FAQs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Certificate, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Certificate pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.