System Design applied to Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

System Design applied to Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

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Study level
Continuing and further education
Closing dates
Not presented Spring 2019
Start up
Not defined

What is System Design applied to Electric and Hybrid Vehicles?

System engineering and design can be implemented and used in various fields. In this course, we will look at how to apply systems design to mobility; in particular electric mobility. In the western world, driving a car has become an important aspect of daily life. Either because of the necessity to cover a distance, or as an expression of oneself, or for fun. The effect of mobility on the environment is large and can be reduced by substituting internal combustion engine cars with cars that are propelled electrically (either in full – a real electric vehicle (EV), or partially – hybrid electric vehicles (HEV)).

This course (SEEM6202) will take on a systems perspective in the design of electric and hybrid vehicles. On the one hand we will dive in the fundamentals of electric vehicles, on the other hand we will treat the user-interaction aspects. Further we will look at the large variety of stakeholders and the required infrastructure. As an overarching theme, we will consider the position of EVs in mobility at large.

EV fundamentals:

• Driving mechanics
• Internal combustion operation and  properties
• (H)EV architectures
• (H)EV components like electrical machines, controllers, batteries and other storage options, powertrain components.

User interaction:
• Human-centred & Scenario-based design
• Automotive interaction design & Advanced Driver Assistance systems (ADAS)

System considerations on EVs as part of mobility:
• Tank to Wheel, Well to Tank, Well to Wheel efficiencies;
• (H)EV architectures;
• Infrastructure;
• Stakeholder and user interaction.

In addition to the treatment and discussion of these subjects, you will, in small teams, work on assignments relating to (H)EVs. The assignments span different parts of the whole range of subjects covered in the course, to obtain both broad views and in-depth views.

Why take this course?

If you are interested in the new upcoming field of electric mobility, this course can provide you a jump-start. It will give you the fundamentals of driving, means to compare different drive principles, and it stresses the user aspect. We will look into automated driving and market opportunities, as well.

Who should take this course?

Everyone who needs a foundation for work or research in electric mobility. This includes people who work at car manufacturers, suppliers and (public) organizations, who want to understand electric mobility.

Application deadline

The registration deadline is 2 weeks before the course starts. We accept registrations also after the deadline, provided there are available seats.


  • Not presented during the Spring 2019 semester.


The courses are organized as intensive one-week courses each with 5 days of lectures.  During this week, the lectures last from 0830 to 1630 each day. The courses are a mixture of lectures and work in groups.  Masterstudents and others taking courses for credit will work on a written assignment which is due 10 weeks after the end of the course.  A completed course with approved written assignment will give 7.5 studypoints. 


The price for attending a course depends on whether you take the course for credit or not.  To get credit for the course, you need to hand in a written assignment.

  • Alternative 1: Attendance only kr. 15.000,-
  • Alternative 2: Attendance and written assignment kr. 20.000,-

The price includes course material, coffee and lunch during the course. For alternative 2, the price also includes supervision and grading of the written assignment.


The registration deadline for each course is 2 weeks before course starts.

We accept registrations also after the deadline, provided there are available seats. Each course has a limited number of seats, so please sign up early. We reserve the right to cancel courses with too low participation.

Study facts

Workshops – Kongsberg

  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 1
  • Charge kr 20 000.-/ 15 000.-


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