Why take this course?
Electric land transport started more than a century ago but lost its momentum due to low battery performance and the competition from the combustion engine. About 20 years ago electric traction started reentering vehicle drivetrains to assist in reducing fuel consumption and about 10 years ago full electric vehicles with very competitive performance entered the market.
Today almost every transport mode is subject to electrification, Cars, Buses, Trucks, Off road vehicles, even aircrafts. On a political level many countries are setting up goals for a fossil free transport system within a short time, like 2030...2050. It is fair to say that we right now live a paradigm shift regarding transfer of most modes of transportation to full electrification. This paradigm shift also put a lot of strain on technology development, not only on electric drive trains but also on energy storage technologies, charging technologies, energy supply and more.
This course is given to provide a deep understanding of the technologies involved, the requirements and limitations, the opportunities and to give the understanding and tools to help those who want to contribute to the development.
The course is built on lectures, two home assignments and a study tour. The home assigments are made within the Matlab/Simulink environment and is a deep dive in system design and optimisation for a selected topic of current relevance. More about the course can be found in English and in Swedish.
The course is given by Professor Mats Alaküla. Mats has a long experience from electro mobility and is since 12 years working part time in the automotive industry as a scientific advisor. He has a strong link to the industrial challenges and opportunities.
The course is assisted by Philip Abrahamsson and Meng Lu, both PhD students within electro mobility.
Assigment1 - simulation files. OBS! Unzip the file retaining
the folder structure. You should get a structure with two folders in
parallell; one called "Conventional" and one called "DriveCycles". You
do all work in the "Conventional" folder, it will refer to the
"DriveCycles" folder when needed assuming that the folders are located
Tractor simulation model - place and unpack this in a fiolder next to the "Conventional" folder.
Conventional vehicle updated for Tractor. IF you havn't figured out how to update the Conventional model with the tractor modelling, here is a solution.
Plowing drive cycle - place and unpack this in the "Drive Cycles" folder