Powertrain-MOOC marks the launch of Chalmers first ever MicroMasters programme

​Powertrains for vehicles are developing rapidly. The first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in the MicroMasters programme introduced by Chalmers University of Technology focuses on the ongoing technology transition. You will not only learn how to design both electric and conventional powertrains, but to analyze their performance.

​– To make you capable of working with many of the interesting challenges in developing future vehicle powertrains, this course will deal with both electric and engine based powertrains, with a focus on how to analyze and design them, says Sven B Andersson who is one of the teachers you will meet in the course.

Since the conventional powertrain is dominating today, it makes sense to use this as the starting point for the course "Electric and Conventional Vehicles". The conventional powertrain has another set of strengths and weaknesses than the electric powertrain. Therefore it is not a question of which powertrain is the best. Rather, it is important to match each vehicle type to a suitable powertrain.

– Electric powertrains are becoming more and more used, but also the conventional powertrain is undergoing a strong development, not to mention the electric hybrids. There are several reasons for this, says Anders Grauers who is co-teaching the course. He provides a list of reasons:

  • Concerns for greenhouse gases and air quality in cities have led to more and more stringent emission and fuel economy limits.
  • Lithium Ion batteries have enabled better performance than previous battery technologies.
  • Cost for batteries and electric drive components have dropped drastically in recent years. 
  • Also, the first generation of electric vehicles have generally exceeded expectations leaving only a few major concerns, like the cost for providing long driving range and battery life length under harsh conditions.

– In the ongoing technology transition period, it is important to not only learn how a powertrain is designed now, but to learn methods to analyze and compare different powertrain solution, as the powertrains will continue to develop for many years to come, says Anders Grauers. 

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Facts about the MOOC Electric and Conventional Vehicles

Start date:
1 March 2018

Sven B. Andersson
Professor at Combustion and Propulsion Systems

Anders Grauers
Associate Professor at department of Electrical Engineering
and Powertrain specialist at the Swedish Electromobility Centre 

As well as David Sedarsky (Combustion and Propulsion Systems),
and Rickard Arvidsson (Volvo Car)

Chalmers MicroMasters programme

The new MOOC is also part of the MicroMasters programme Emerging Automotive Technologies, which provides learners with a holistic perspective on emerging technologies fostering sustainability and digitalization within the automotive industry through seven courses and a final capstone exam. It represents the equivalent of ca 20 credits of coursework at the Chalmers Master’s programmes Automotive Engineering or Systems, Control and Mechatronics.
The programme is an advanced, professional, graduate-level foundation in automotive engineering, developed in cooperation with Volvo Cars, Volvo Group and Zenuity and designed to prepare learners for the careers in-demand today.

Read more about the Chalmers MicroMasters programme

Text: Sofia Larsson-Stern

Published: Wed 28 Feb 2018. Modified: Tue 06 Mar 2018