Electric Vehicle Powertrain Course

Intuitively understand all the important elements of an EV powertrain in a 5 week intensive hands-on course.

✔ Are you looking for a successful career in the Electric Vehicle industry?

✔ Are you a startup creating products and services for the EV industry?

✔ Are you an established business in the EV industry looking to up-skill your staff?

✔ Are you a university or college looking to train students for the EV industry?

✔ Are you a student aspiring for a fulfilling career in the EV industry?


This course on Electric Vehicles is designed by a team of experts led by a former Tesla Engineer brought to you by MakerMax – a leading online learning platform for EVs popular in North America, Europe and Asia.


Electric Vehicles is a sunrise sector which offers great career opportunities. Take the first step to develop a sound foundation that will allow you to excel in your dream career.

What’s this course about?

A unique hands-on Electric vehicle course for professionals and students wanting to build their careers in the EV industry

Module 1 – Inside an Electric Vehicle’s Powertrain

In this module, you will learn to break-down the powertrain of an Electric Vehicle into its subsystems. You’ll then learn what each of these subsystems is responsible for and how it functions.

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✔ Learn how power flows inside an Electric Vehicle.
✔ How NOT to, and how to build a Battery pack for an EV
✔ How to choose the proper DCDC power converter for an EV
✔ How to decide if your vehicle should have on-board charging
✔ AC to DC charging vs DC fast charging charging in an EV
✔ How to choose the right Charge Port for your vehicle
✔ How to choose the right motor type and size for your vehicle
✔ How to choose a motor controller for high efficiency and performance
✔ What safety considerations should be taken care of before launching an EV vehicle

Module 2 – Essentials of Battery Systems

You’ll deep dive into the Battery System of an Electric Vehicle, understand how it is constructed from the cell level up to the pack level.

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✔ Learn the difference between a DIY pack and a industry grade Battery pack.
✔ How to thermally model a Battery pack
✔ How to decide the type of cooling mechanism you need for your Battery pack
✔ What is the role of a Battery Management System and how is it constructed
✔ How to decide if your vehicle should have on-board charging or off-board charging

Module 3 – Foundations of Power Electronics, Conditioning and Filtering

You’ll learn how various subcomponents operate at different voltage levels while exchanging high amounts of current and keeping efficiency high. Learn how voltage levels can be shifted for high power circuits to allow the subcomponents to act in unison. Due to the operation of the vehicle, there is noise generated which propagates through the high voltage lines, getting in the way of low power circuit communication as well.

✔ Learn details of power flow and exchange inside an EV
✔ Why do we need to shift voltage levels inside different subcomponents of an EV
✔ Learn how to filter noise to allow your circuit to work effectively in the field
✔ Difference between high voltage design and low voltage design
✔ What safety considerations do you need when dealing with high voltages
✔ How is signal propagation on the low voltage side affected with high voltage switching in the circuit

Module 4 – Fundamentals of Motor Control

Learn about the types of motors that are commonly used in Electric Vehicles, and how to select the right type of motor for your design. If you know the trade-offs, you’re then able to design or procure the correct motor controller that is needed to ensure that the vehicle operates at its best performance.


✔ Learn how to choose the correct motor for your EV design
✔ How to make sure that your selected motor matches rest of the powertrain components
✔ How increase efficiency of power transfer from the battery to the motor
✔ How to choose the correct motor control for your motor
✔ Features of a motor control that define the on-road performance of your vehicle
✔ Prevent motor and controller failures by analysis and prediction



With ever growing opportunities in the field of EVs, it is imperative to understand the various aspects of the vehicle. Above, you see a picture of the Volvo XC40 all Electric powertrain. Similar to this, many other companies have released their versions of Electric vehicles around the world.

We get it. There are a growing list of jobs in Electric Vehicles, Stationary Storage, Battery production, Gigafactoriers, but you can’t seem to find the right opportunity to match your skill set.

From a company’s perspective they are not able to find employees with the right skill set, and from an employee’s perspective they are not able to qualify for the opportunity they want.

This foundation online course has the ability to propel you much closer to these opportunities by a unique teaching methodology that helps you in 3 important ways –

– Concepts are explained in a hands-on way. This helps you gain an intuitive understanding of the material, which also helps you form a strong foundation upon which you are easily able to build a complex understanding of the EV powertrain.

– You’ll learn how to take the first principles approach in solving problems. This will greatly assist you in interviews as well as excelling at your job.

– You will be surrounded by like minded people and experts – the influence of which itself is motivating and pushes you beyond you thought was possible. You’ll also have the opportunity to receive feedback on your work to quickly iterate and improve.

Your Instructor

Akshay Gill

This masterclass has been designed and crafted by a group of passionate experienced engineers who have phenomenal knowledge of the subject and have been mentoring and training the incumbents in their careers.
The team lead Akshay, has 10+ years of experience in firmware programming ,embedded systems, electronics, communication, automotive, electric vehicles and much more. He has worked on battery systems for Tesla Model S, X and 3. He setup MakerMax with a vision to bridge the widening gap between education and employment for electronics, embedded and computer engineers.
Akshay has always had a practical approach to engineering. His quest for Electric Vehicles began in 2008 when he developed a unique dashboard electric scooters that rewards users when they drive electric. In his Master’s at University of Toronto he developed a unique way of measuring impedance characteristics of Lithium-ion batteries on-board vehicles that allow for early prediction of battery failures.
He was a core member of the Battery Hardware and Firmware team at Tesla, where he worked on the Model S refresh, Model X and Model 3 vehicles. He is now the Director at MakerMax Inc., that is enabling an ecosystem for mass EV adoption by creating products such as battery analyzers, characterizers and battery management platforms that enable the industry to create high performance and safe Electric Vehicles. He also runs popular online workshops on Battery Technology to reskill professionals and students in this field.