Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles


Electric vehicles aren't just an efficient way to move people and products - they are quite literally powering the transition to a clean energy economy. Transportation is currently the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions--there is simply no way we will meet decarbonization goals without a radical transformation of the transportation sector. Consequently, investment in hybrid and electric vehicles, and the charging infrastructure to support these vehicles, is surging around the globe.

This course gives you an overview of hybrid and electric vehicle systems, battery technologies, the charging infrastructure, and grid integration. After completing this course, you will understand the basics of these vehicles, electric motors and energy storage technologies, and the challenges related to the design, packaging, and control of lithium-ion battery systems.

What you will learn

  • The role of electric vehicles in the clean-energy transition
  • Challenges of integrating of electrified vehicles into the electric grid
  • Basics of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and battery electric vehicle (BEV) systems
  • Battery technologies including lithium-ion batteries, cell balancing, battery capacity, and aging factors
  • The role and design of battery management systems (BMS) and applications
  • Basics of charging technologies, and future solutions such as fast charging strategies, wireless charging, and battery swapping

Continuing Education Units

By completing this course, you’ll earn 0.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.


  • $295 per online course


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