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Electric Vehicles

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

This is an elective course that is taught in the second semester of the Master's program.

This subject applies knowledge of Electrical Machines (DC motors and AC motors), Automatic Regulation and Control (modeling and control systems), modeling and vector control, so it is necessary to have basic knowledge of these subjects for its proper development. The work developed in this subject provides the necessary knowledge for the students to understand the architecture and systems of an electric vehicle, and to design the control of its electric traction in an experimental way.

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
ALKORTA EGIGUREN, PATXIUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado Titular De UniversidadDoctorBilingualSystems and Automatic
CORTAJARENA ECHEVERRIA, JOSE ANTONIOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado Titular De UniversidadDoctorNot bilingualElectronic


Students should have updated knowledge about the advanced working techniques and methodologies related to the field of Smartgrids and distributed generation, particularly from the point of view of their control. 5.0 %
Establishing dynamic models of the different components of Smartgrids, particularly different Distributed Generation units. 20.0 %
Design of control laws locally for the different components of Smartgrids, particularly Distributed Generation units. 25.0 %
Developing operational and management strategies, including advanced techniques, for the grid-level regulation of Smartgrids. 15.0 %
Evaluating and validating models and drivers of different components of Smartgrids, through simulations and experimental testing, using different computing and prototyping tools. 25.0 %
Applying computing and telecommunications tools as a support for control in Smartgrids and Distributed Generation. 10.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied classroom-based groups6915
Applied computer-based groups121830

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Exercises10.00 %
Expositive classes10.0100 %
Individual work and/or group work20.00 %
Presentation and defence of projects3.0100 %
Solving practical cases17.0100 %
Systematised study15.00 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Practical tasks30.0 % 70.0 %
Written examination30.0 % 50.0 %

Learning outcomes of the subject

The student:

1) Knows the architecture and systems of an electric vehicle.

2) Designs models of vehicle systems and their control.

3) Knows and uses the equipment for laboratory testing.

4) Knows and uses simulation and experimental programming tools.

5) Works in project development teams.

All learning outcomes are observable and controllable, both in written form by solving exercises on paper and by solving exercises on computer using MatLab/Simulink, Code Composer Studio, MicroAutoBox, Kvaser, CANalyzer, etc. calculation/simulation/experimentation software.

Ordinary call: orientations and renunciation


The evaluation is of ongoing type. It is why it is compulsory to be present in class.

The subject is assessed from 3 different activities, according to this weighting:

- 2/10 for tests, in order to ensure that the students have acquired the needed knowledge.

- 3/10 for the work carried out in the course, in order to ensure that the students have acquired the needed knowledge and skills.

- 5/10 for the assignment/report, in order to ensure that the students have acquired the needed skills.

More information related to the assessment is given through the eGela platform.

In relation to the Extraordinary call, to release one evaluation activity, the student must have a grade higher than 5/10 in this activity. The validated activities will only be saved in the same academic year.


According to article 8 of the Regulations, regulating the assessment of students in the official degrees, the students shall have the right to be evaluated by means of the FINAL EVALUATION SYSTEM, independently of the fact that has or has not participated in the CONTINUOUS EVALUATION SYSTEM. In order to do so, students must present the following information written to the teacher in charge of the subject the renunciation of the CONTINUOUS EVALUATION within a period of 9 weeks from the beginning of the term. In this case, the student will be assessed with a single final exam. This final exam will consist on an oral exam related to the skills that the students have to acquire in the subject.


According to article 12 of the Regulations, regulating the assessment of students in the official degrees, in the case of CONTINUOUS EVALUATION, the student may renounce the call for proposals within a period which, as a minimum, will be up to one month before the end of the teaching period of the corresponding subject. This waiver must be submitted in writing to the teacher responsible for the subject. In the case of FINAL EVALUATION, a no presentation to the official examination will result in the automatic waiver of the corresponding call. Renunciation of the call will result in the qualification of not presented.

Extraordinary call: orientations and renunciation

The criteria and weighting of this call will be the same as that of the ordinary call.


A no presentation to the official examination will result in the automatic waiver of the corresponding call. Renunciation of the call will result in the qualification of not presented.


Topic 1: Vehicle dynamics. Dynamic model of the electric vehicle and its simulation. Motorization. Calculation of forces, torques and speeds of the vehicle.

Topic 2: PMSM (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor) motor vector control. Model in d-q reference system of the PMSM motor. Speed control. Current control. Position control. Electromagnetic Torque Control. Controller tuning.

Topic 3: Batteries, chargers and their control.

Topic 4: Electronic control architecture of the vehicle. Distributed and centralized solutions. Traction, cabin, safety, diagnostic, information and other systems. Communication networks between systems. Communication buses in automobiles: CAN, LIN, Flexray, MOST, etc. CAN bus architecture and information flow.


Compulsory materials

Documents provided through the e-gela platform and Dropbox: course notes, practice scripts, documents from various manufacturers, tutorials on tools to be used, etc.

Basic bibliography

-M. Ehsani, et al. "Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals, Theory, and Design". CRC Press, Second Edition, 2010.

-G. Abad, et al. "Power Electronics and Electric Drives for Traction Applications". Wiley, 2016.

-N. Navet and F. Simonot-Lion. "Automotive Embedded Systems Handbook". CRC Press, 2009.

In-depth bibliography

-S. Dhameja. "Electric Vehicle Battery Systems". Newnes, 2002.

-J. Larminie and J. Lowry. "Electric Vehicle Technology Explained". Wiley, 2004.


-Bodo´s Power Systems. Electronics in Motion and Conversion (


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