Topic outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction

    Electric vehicles (EVs) are making their way into the mainstream market as people continue to seek more energy efficient alternatives for personal car transport. However, many cities currently lack adequate charging facilities, which limits the number of people who could consider EVs as an option. This course takes a systematic approach to analysing which types of charging infrastructure are appropriate in different local contexts, with consideration for business models, partners and stakeholders, political instruments, financial incentives and the challenges one might encounter along the way. You will also be encouraged to start thinking critically about how EV charging infrastructure could best be introduced into your own city's unique context.

  • Unit 2: An overview of charging technologies

    This unit provides an overview of the four possibilities to charge an electric vehicle (EV) and their main technical components.

  • Unit 3: Local context and quantification of charging infrastructure

    When planning charging infrastructure, you first need to understand the unique needs of your city or town.

  • Unit 4: How and why to create a business model

    EV charging infrastructure requires significant financial investment. This unit introduces the tools needed to think systematically and arrive at solutions to the challenges of starting an integrated charging infrastructure network.

  • Unit 5: Taking into account partners and stakeholders

    The aim of this unit is to help you to identify your potential partners and stakeholders and to adjust your project planning and maintenance based on their needs and preferences.

  • Unit 6: Political instruments & Financial incentives

    While private investment is necessary to initiate charging infrastructure in a city, certain political instruments and financial incentives often need to be employed to stimulate the market and ensure successful build up. This unit goes into more detail about the variety of strategies that can (and, more often than not, should) be used.

  • Unit 7: Challenges

    Every project faces difficulties. Some challenges may surprise you, but if you know what to look out for in advance, you'll be better prepared to address them head-on.

  • Unit 8: Conclusion

    What have you learned and what else can you learn from the TIDE project?