How to design electric vehicles (Lecture series)


Prerequisites: None

Load: 1:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. on Jan. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 (Six 3-hour lectures over two weeks)

Students may attend individual sessions for this class based on specific interests. See description below for session topics.

Time Outside Class: None required. Recommended to take along with lab class with the same title.


The lecture-style sessions are where industry experts, MIT faculty and researchers will present the basic building blocks of EVs including: battery systems, electric motors, motor controllers, overall vehicle systems integration, current market trends, cost challenges, competitive technologies, and future applications including urban mobility, autonomous vehicles, EV infrastructure, energy storage for utilities, and the role of policy and incentives. You may attend one or all of the lecture sessions.

Session Topics:

Jan. 10 – Course Introduction and Batteries

Jan. 11 – Controllers and Electric Motors

Jan. 12 – Battery Pack Design

Jan. 17 – Powertrain Integration

Jan. 18 – Applications and Markets

Jan. 19 – EV Infrastructure and MIT Student Clubs