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ELEC60033 Electric Vehicle Technologies

Lecturer(s): Dr Philip Clemow


The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the technologies involved in making an electric vehicle (EV) along with those required to enable wide adoption of EVs. We will achieve this by performing a simple EV design and modelling process throughout the course of the lectures and coursework.

We will start with a system level view of the various components of an EV and through the course of the module dive deeper into a few key subsystems such as the battery, charging system and traction system. Throughout the module we will build a MATLAB simulation model of an EV, adding components as they are studied. This kind of model is crucial for estimating the performance of our designs but also to specify certain components (battery size, current ratings of components etc.). Over 3 coursework tasks you will build and augment this model to represent the vehicle you have designed, assessing its performance and range along the way in a method that is representative of industry techniques.

In addition to the EV model we will spend some time discussing the wider impacts of large scale EV rollout. Asking questions such as: How will the electricity networks need to change? How will user behaviour need to change? Are there any technologies that will be crucial?

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:
1. Describe and map the key systems that make up an EV and detail their function within the whole
2. Summarise the pros and cons of different battery chemistries, battery arrangements and different charging technologies.
3. Design and model a traction system for an EV including modelling the motor model and a Field Oriented Control system.
4. Summarise the key requirements and performance indicators of modules within an EV such as the: Charger, DC-DC Converter, Battery and Battery Management System.
5. List the impacts of EVs on the wider grid and environment including the potential future of adaptive and reactive charging (Demand-side response and Vehicle-to-grid).
6. Assemble and adapt an EV model for the purposes of design of its subsystems and performance assessment of the system as a whole
7. Apply general engineering skills to the breakdown and solving of more complex problems with open specifications and communicate this effectively in a concise report.


An EV consists of many subsystems, and desinging one requires some knowledge across a broad range of engineering disciplines. As this is an electrical engineering module we will not cover all of these topics to an equal level of detail. Topics that are not strictly electrical engineering but crucial for overall EV system design (such as batteries for example) will be covered at a lower level of detail than those that fit better in the electrical engineering field.

Topics covered in this course:
- Batteries (Chemistry choice, cell arrangements, management systems)
- Traction system (Motors and Motor Drives)
- Charging (General charging systems, wireless charging)
- Other Key systems (DC/DC Converters, CAN bus comms, key load devices etc.)
- Affect of EVs on the Grid (Vehicle to grid charging, impacts of wide roll out of EVs)
- Safety and Design standards
Exam Duration: N/A
Exam contribution: 0%
Coursework contribution: 100%

Term: Spring

Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): N/A

Coursework Requirement:
         Coursework only module

Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): N/A

Prerequisite module(s): None required

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