​​PlugInConnect

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

Instructor:  Jukka Kukkonen, PlugInConnect

Time:  Class meets Tuesdays from 5:45 to 8:45 PM in the Brady Educational Center, room 113

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 four research projects with other students. Students get to choose their research project topics from the final topic list which will be posted in an online reservation page before the course starts. Research topics are available on a first come, first served basis and all topics need to be covered so be ready when the research topic reservation page is published. Grading will be based on research presentations, reflections and attendance.

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

2. Week: Basics 1
              a: Why transportation electrification is happening
              b: Short history of Plug-in Vehicles
              c: BEVs and PHEVs presently available in the US
              d: New models coming to the market

3. Week: Basics 2
               a: Market growth since 2011 and future market growth projections
               b: PEV markets outside of the US
               c: Charging infrastructure basics
               d: PEV emissions

4. Week: Field trip
               a: Owners panel: How owners drive and charge their vehicles
               b: PEV display
               c: Charging infrastructure demo
               d: Test drives

5. Week: PEV vehicle technologies
               a: Battery technologies
               b: Drivetrain technologies
               c: Autonomous driving technologies
               d: Other related in-vehicle technologies and features

6. Week: Charging
               a: Single-family home and Multihousing Charging
               b: Public charging and Corridor charging
               c: Workplace charging
               d: Smart charging technologies

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

8. Week: Field Trip
               Dealership or store visit

9. Week: Policy and incentives
               a: Who benefits and how from transportation electrification
               b: Monetary and non-monetary public policy tools to advance EV market growth
               c: Non-governmental entities incentivizing EV market growth
               d: Which entities are losing when EV market grows and how have they tried to slow the growth?

10. Week: Bus electrification
               a: E-bus technologies
               b: Biggest players in this field 
               c: Existing bus fleets using e-busses and their experiences
               d: Charging technologies

11. Week: Non-car PEVs
               a: Trucks and Semis
               b: Electric motorcycles
               c: Electric ATVs and other off road or not highway speed vehicles
               d: Electric boats and ships

12. Week: Market players:
                a: Power production and distribution
                b: Vehicle manufacturing and distribution
                c: Battery and drivetrain technology manufacturers
                d: Charging infrastructure manufacturers and network providers

13. Week: New business models:
                 a: Impacts of autonomous driving and connected cars
                 b: Shared mobility concepts
                 c: Potential changes to vehicle sales and service
                 d: Most effective PEV sales strategies

14. Week: Personal overview and reflections 

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

Course objectives:

  • Students know the EV technologies and understand the basic market dynamics.
  • Students get to work with people who are interested in the same topics.
  • In addition to learning about the topics, students get to hear multiple perspectives.
  • 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.
  • In addition to 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. 

New for Fall 2018!
Electric Vehicle Market and Technologies course
at the University of St Thomas

                                                                                  ETLS 699-01, CRN: 43150