Course detail

Batteries for Electric Vehicles

FEKT-MPA-BEVAcad. year: 2024/2025

The course deals with the modern issue of Li-ion accumulators for electromobility and batteries for electromobility and their history in general. Students will become familiar with the issue both theoretically and practically within the framework of solving laboratory tasks focused on the diagnosis of accumulators. The course will also include issues related to the life cycle of Li-ion batteries, i.e. the CO2 footprint of their production, recycling and the possibility of use in secondary applications (battery second-life).

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge of the basic principles of electrical engineering. 

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Semestral written test : maximum 10 points.

Elaborated laboratory tasks: maximum 30 points. Minimal extent of elaborated laboratory tasks and other conditions needed for successful completion of the course are stated in the announcement issued by the supervisor of the course each year.

Final exam in writen form: maximum 60 points.
The content, forms and conditions for course passing will be specified by rules and regulations which are released by the lecturer responsible for the course and keep updated for every academic year. Laboratory exercises are mandatory.


The aim of the course is to introduce students to the development of electromobility, the development of batteries and their principle of operation in general and Li-ion batteries in particular, including their construction, material composition, requirements in terms of application in electromobility, safety and recycling. In the practical part of the course, the students will learn about battery diagnosis methodologies and will practically verify their properties.
In the course, the student acquires theoretical and practical basics in the field of batteries for electric vehicles. Based on this knowledge, the student will be able to competently analyze and design solutions in the field of batteries for electric vehicles. The student will be able to assess the suitability of individual battery solutions for different application frameworks. The student will be theoretically prepared for follow-up courses in the fields of electric vehicles and renewable energy sources.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

HOMAS B. REDDY, EDITOR, Thomas B. Reddy, editor a editor emeritus. DAVID LINDEN. Linden's handbook of batteries. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. ISBN 978-007-1624-190 (EN)
YOSHINO, Akira. Development of the Lithium-Ion Battery and Recent Technological Trends. Lithium-Ion Batteries. Elsevier, 2014, 1(1), 1-20. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-59513-3.00001-7. ISBN 9780444595133 (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-AEE Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


History of electromobility and batteries

Batteries for hybrid vehicles

Li-ion batteries for electromobility

Li-ion batteries and their safety

Future trends in batteries for electromobility

Diagnostic methods applicable for characterisation (Operating characteristics of batteries in electric vehicles)

Battery second-life and ESS

Ecology of battery production LCA

Battery recycling

Use of simulations for batteries in electromobility


Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Numerical exercises (what is C, calculation of capacitance, calculation of voltages and currents according to the circuit)

Determination of CO2 equivalent from battery production

Discharge characteristics

CC and CP discharging

EIS measurements 

BMS and its functions

Effect of temperature on capacity 

Design of a battery pack with BMS within the program


Semester test