FKFS Academy

11 -13 June & 16 - 25 July 2024

Electrification of Mobility II –

introduction to electric drive and energy storage systems

23 - 24 July 2024


Lecturer: Prof. Giorgio Rizzoni, The Ohio State University


Target Group

The course has been designed for automotive/mechanical engineers and researchers, with the aim of reviewing xEV technology and the challenges and opportunities associated with e-mobility.  Prof. Rizzoni has been engaged in engineering research and education in e-mobility for over 30 years; this course represents a compendium of material he teaches in a graduate level course at The Ohio State University, and it is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the subject matter to automotive/mechanical engineers without significant prior exposure to the subject.

Course Outline

Day 1:  Day 1 Electric drivetrains and vehicle performance

Part 1:

Electric machines and power converters

Part  2:

Electrified Drivetrain Architectures and system concepts

  • Basic operating characteristics of electric machines
  • DC machines
  • AC Machines operating principles
  • AC Induction machines
  • Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines
  • Basic introduction and operating principles of electric drives
  • DC vs AC machines and performance and efficiency characteristics of electric drives
  • Electronic Power conversion principles: DC-AC and DC-DC conversion
  • Control of electric drives
  • BEV architectures
  • Regenerative braking
  • Drive Quality
  • Traction control, stability control and torque vectoring in BEVs

Part 3:

Q& A


Day 2:

Part 1:

Energy Storage Systems

Part  2:

BEV laboratory, with focus on battery performance


  • Introduction to energy storage systems for automotive applications
  • Notation and definitions
  • Overview of li-ion battery technology: operating principles, properties of electrode materials, state of the art, materials for next-generation cells
  • Battery cell modeling


Battery systems

  • System integration principles for modules and packs
  • Battery Management Systems and state of charge and power estimation
  • Thermal Management Systems (TMS), solutions for passive and active cooling
  • Battery charging standards, service equipment. Principle of charge control and balancing
  • Definition of State of Health (SOH) and Residual Useful Life (RUL)
  • Test protocols to characterize degradation in cells
  • The course closes with a laboratory in which the participants will explore the simulated performance of a BEV using a simulator that is capable of simulating many important aspects of a battery electric vehicle including battery electrical and thermal management, power limits, SOC estimation and other important functions.

Part 3:

Q& A


More information about Prof. Rizzoni

Registration and Fees


Registration deadline: 2 July 2024