Syllabus for Batteries for Electromobility

Batterier för elektromobilitet

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB276
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry G1N, Technology G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2020-04-21
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2020
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 3c or Physics B, Chemistry A, Mathematics D
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • explain the function of a battery, its components and fundamental electrochemical processes,
  • describe the most common battery systems and their role in the energy system as well as consumer products,
  • describe the specific challenges related to batteries for electromobility,
  • calculate the energy density of batteries, interpret charge/discharge curves of the most common rechargeable battery types and interpret concepts that describe battery performance (SOC, SOH, etc.),
  • describe production processes for batteries for electromobility,
  • interpret simple simulation models for how load and vehicle behavior affect the performance and aging of batteries,
  • discuss issues related to safety, cost and the environment in relation to vehicle batteries.


Basic electrochemistry and materials chemistry. Primary and secondary batteries and their role in the energy system. Different battery compositions and processes in batteries. Concepts that describe batteries' storage capabilities in terms of power and energy. Lithium ion batteries: materials and components. Production of batteries for electromobility. Next generation batteries. Battery diagnostics and modelling of batteries. Battery ageing. Use of batteries in different types of electric vehicles. Safety, cost and environmental aspects regarding vehicle batteries.


Lectures and seminars by distance.


Written assignments during the course (5 credits), seminars with associated assignments (2.5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Berg, Helena Batteries for Electric Vehicles [Elektronisk resurs]

    Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, cop. 2015

    Find in the library