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INP3051699, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1979, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ROAD ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/32 Electrical Convertors, Machines and Switches 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 BERTOLUZZO MANUELE (Presidente)
TORTELLA ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
5 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 BERTOLUZZO MANUELE (Presidente)
ANDRIOLLO MAURO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Principles of Electrotechnics and Enertronics
(knowledge about the working principles of the electric machines and of the power static converters)
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge to be acquired:
Reasons for the introduction of electric road vehicles.
Systems and devices used for the electric propulsion.
Systems and devices for power generation and storage on electric vehicles.
Architecture and operation of electric and hybrid vehicles. Conventional and wireless charging infrastructures.
Systems for the by-wire driving of road vehicles.

The skills to be acquired relate to the ability to approach problems about the analysis, sizing and design of electric vehicles or their subsystems. For this purpose, exercises and presentations of case studies are included in the course.

The course, combined with other "vehicle" courses offered by DII and which can be freely chosen, allows the acquisition of a specialization of knowledge and skills with a focus on the automotive industry.
Examination methods: Written examination on the course program. The test is formed by three open questions about topics discussed in the lectures.
Assessment criteria: Capability of presenting the developed subjects, starting from a general framework up to a detailed analysis of both the functioning and the technological solutions utilized for the implementation of the systems described during the lectures.
Course unit contents: Course introduction (program, outline of electric vehicles history).
Environmental and energy challenges for road transportation: combustion vs. electromobility.
Fundamentals of road propulsion (longitudinal dynamics, driving cycles, energy analysis).
Electric vehicles classification (Full, Hybrid; Battery, Fuel cell).
Architecture of the fully electric vehicles.
Electric drive vs. internal combustion engine propulsion.
Brushless DC drives.
Technology and characteristics of storage/generation devices of electric energy [batteries (Pb, NiMH, Li), supercapacitors, fuel cells and hydrogen tanks].
Hybrid electric vehicles [architectures and energy management, characteristics of the basic architectures (series, parallel and series-parallel)].
Charging infrastructures (battery charger, standards, V2G capabilities, integral battery chargers).
Wireless charging systems (working principles, compensation networks, sizing).
Drive-by-wire systems (architectures, components).
Study cases: design and demonstration (city car, bike with fuel cell, wireless battery charger).

The program of the course is well integrated with other courses about "vehicles" offered by DII and that can be freely chosen by those who wish to follow a study plan with a focus on the automotive industry.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The lectures, exercises and project included, are given along 12 weeks and are organized in blocks of 2 hours, with 4 hours per week. Total hours are 48. The course has 6 CFUs.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Further reference books and selected articles will be announced during the course. The course slides and the papers in electronic form are available in the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M.Ehsani, Y.Gao, S.Gay and A.Emadi, Modern Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles. Fundamentals, Fundamentals, Theory and Design. --: CRC Press, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.Larminie and J.Lowry, Electric vehicle technology. --: J.Wiley & Sons, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo

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  • Case study
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Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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