Course code KUL18
Course title Electric Vehicles: the bigger picture
Institution KU Leuven
Course address KU Leuven, ESAT-ELECTA, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
City Leuven
Minimum year of study 4th year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words electric vehicle, energy, electricity, smart grids, smart cities
Language English
Professor responsible Prof.Dr.Ir. Johan Driesen
Telephone +32 16 32 10 20
Fax +32 16 32 19 85
Participating professors Johan Driesen and colleagues from KU Leuven Energy Institute and EnergyVille research centre
Number of places Minimum: 10, Maximum: 40, Reserved for local students: 0
Objectives This course discusses the different types of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The essential components are treated, such as motors and drives, power electronic convertors and the storage systems with a focus on batteries and the charging methods. The charging problem is given special attention with a discussion of the EV’s role in the smart grid and smart city of the future.
Programme to be followed The programme consist of a series of lectures (total est. at 18h) on
1.      Electrical energy systems and electricity grids
2.      Overview of electrical motors and drives, including basic power electronic circuits
3.      Storage of electricity for mobile applications
4.      Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle types
5.      Charging methods
6.      Smart grids integration: the EV as an intelligent electrical load
7.      The role of the EV in a sustainable smart city
8.      Lessons learnt and on-going EV projectsIn addition, lab demo’s and short hands-on sessions are foreseen.

Minimum knowledge of electrical energy technology:
Basic knowledge of electrical power conversion (motors and drives, batteries)
- Basic knowledge of electrical power systems

Course exam Part 1 : short written open-book exam on Friday
Part 2 : group assignment, to be presented on Friday to whole group of participants