University course

Electric Vehicle Market and Technologies course at the University of St. Thomas

Shift2Electric works with the University of St Thomas to offer a one semester graduate course exploring the key areas of electric vehicle market and technologies. This course helps attendees understand the EV market dynamics and provides a solid foundation for anyone considering future career or business options with EVs and related technologies in this fast-growing field.

Instructor:  Jukka Kukkonen, Shift2Electric
Course: ETLS 739-01
Time:  Class meets Tuesdays from 5:45 to 8:45 PM in OSS 257

Course Methodology:
This course is an interactive learning experience, consisting of small-group research projects, presentation discussions, field trips and reflection days. Every student will do three research projects with other students. Students get to choose their research project topics from a topic list and grading will be based on research presentations, reflections and quizzes.

Schedule:
1. Week: Introductions and expectations, course concept and topics overview

2. Week: Basics 1
    a: US EV market developments 2009-2018
    b: BEVs and PHEVs presently available in the US
    c: New models coming to the market

3. Week: Basics 2
    a: EV markets outside of the US
    b: Smart charging technologies
    c: EV emissions

4. Week: Field trip
    - EV display
    - Test drives
    - Owners panel: How owners drive and charge their vehicles

5. Week: EV technologies
    a: Drivetrain technologies
    b: Battery technologies
    c: Autonomous driving technologies

6. Week: Charging
    a: Single-family home and multi-housing Charging
    b: Public charging 
    c: Workplace charging

7. Week: Grid
    a: How EVs can help or hurt the grid
    b: EVs, renewable energy and Vehicle to X 
    c: Utility company EV rates

8. Week: Field Trip
    Dealership or store visit

9. Week: Policy and incentives
    a: Transportation electrification winners and losers
    b: Monetary and non-monetary public policy tools to advance EV market growth
    c: Non-governmental entities incentivizing EV market growth

10. Week: Bus electrification
    a: E-bus manufacturers and technologies
    b: E-bus charging technologies
    c: Existing bus fleets using e-buses and their experiences

11. Week: Non-car EVs
    a: Electric trucks and semis
    b: Electric aviation and watercraft
    c: Electric motorcycles, ATVs and other non-highway EVs

12. Week: Vehicles manufacturers
    a: Vehicle manufacturing and distribution
    b: Market update from LA Auto Show

13. Week: New business models
    a: Charging infrastructure manufacturing and networks
    b: Autonomous driving and connected cars
    c: Shared mobility concepts

14. Week: Personal overview and reflections, wrap-up 

15. Week: Substitute presentation and quizzes

Course objectives:

  • Students understand EV technologies and the basic market dynamics.

  • Students get to work with people who are interested in the same topics.

  • Students get to hear multiple perspectives, while learning about the topics.

  • Research work makes students drill deep into topics.

  • Topic choices allow students to use their strengths and expertise.

  • Having to teach someone provides deeper learning.

  • This course is designed to bring up potential business opportunities and build networks for students to pursue them.



For more information and registrations please visit UST webpage https://www.stthomas.edu/engineering/graduate/courses/catalog/etlstopics/
and contact their admissions office gradengineering@stthomas.edu  or call 651-962-5500. 

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