Electric and Conventional Vehicles

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Electric and Conventional Vehicles

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Electric and Conventional Vehicles
The course Electric and Conventional Vehicles is an online class provided by Chalmers University of Technology through edX. The skill level of the course is Advanced. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Learn how electric and conventional powertrains work and methods to analyse their performance and energy consumption.
Course description
Electric powertrains are estimated to propel a large part of road vehicles in the future, due to their high efficiency and zero tailpipe emissions. But, the cost and weight of batteries and the time to charge them are arguments for the conventional powertrain in many vehicles. This makes it important for engineers working with vehicles to understand how both these powertrains work, and how to determine their performance and energy consumption for different type of vehicles and different ways of driving vehicles.This course is aimed at learners with a bachelor’s degree or engineers in the automotive industry who need to develop their knowledge about electric powertrains. In this course, you will learn how electric and conventional combustion engine powertrains are built and how they work. You will learn methods to calculate their performance and energy consumption and how to simulate them in different driving cycles. You will also learn about the basic function, the main limits and the losses of: Combustion engines, Transmissions Electric machines, Power electronics Batteries. This knowledge will also be a base for understanding and analysing different types of hybrid vehicles, discussed in the course, Hybrid Vehicles.As a result of support from MathWorks, students will be granted access to MATLAB/Simulink for the duration of the course.  

Prerequisites & Facts

Electric and Conventional Vehicles

Course Topic

Computer Science, Electronics, Energy and Earth Sciences, Engineering

University, College, Institution

Chalmers University of Technology

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



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Electric and Conventional Vehicles

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / Chalmers University of Technology you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (200.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: Chalmers University of Technology
Topic: Computer Science, Electronics, Energy and Earth Sciences, Engineering
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