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Electric Vehicles and Other Propulsion Technologies

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

The current market climate in the automotive sector demonstrates a need for implementing new technologies that reduce dependence on petroleum and, most importantly, minimise pollution. There is a growing consciousness on the part of the consumer who wants to try to make their environmental impact as small as possible. This is why for a long time now the automobile industry and local governments have already been working on alternatives like hybrid vehicles and completely electric cars as a way to face the challenges of research, development and innovation involved with these types of vehicles.

The Ministry of Industry predicts that by the year 2020 around 250,000 vehicles incorporating this technology will be manufactured in Spain, all of which implies changes in the vehicles as well as certain infrastructures to be able to host this production. The different issues around recharge points, improvements in energy storage technology as well as legal issues like who pays for charging in housing communities have to be solved. All of these issues are on the table and the demand is imminent. In this sector there are already many instances of collaboration with engineers from other countries where they have more experience with this type of specialised vehicle.

Currently, and in parallel with the recovery of the automotive industry, are being launched to the market the first hybrid and electric generation models covering all segments. In the automotive sector and has begun a collaboration with hitherto little companies related to the sector, collaboration requires adaptation by professionals and the arrival of new training profiles. To complement this, the appearance of these vehicles requires the adaptation of existing infrastructure as well as the current mobility policies.


  • Analyse the electric and hybrid (combined electric and traditional internal combustion engines) propulsion systems and technologies.
  • Study the types and configurations of hybrids according to vehicle type.
  • Improve energy storage systems and their internal power management.
  • Learn the technical principles of the electric motors currently in use along with their charging systems and their energy storage systems.
  • Development of the way the energy distribution network is managed and designed to ensure proper recharging of these vehicles in urban areas.

Who is it for

  • Professionals working in the automotive industry either directly for the automaker or auxiliary companies.
  • Industrial Engineers.
  • Employees at testing laboratories.
  • Professionals from public organisations linked to the technology sector.




The methodology of this postgraduate course, pioneering statewide in terms of themes, including case studies that students must solve from the theoretical and practical faculty exhibitions, visit techniques to companies in the sector in order to interact and get deeper in the real world and the current challenges for the lines of work and view and manage the problems that are professionals.

This approach is complemented by the completion of a final course project in groups, where the student must demonstrate that it has reached the learning and which consist in the conception of a hybrid or electric vehicle, according to the main thematic sections of the course, may be a vehicle belonging to any category (motorcycle, car or industrial tourism).


Hybrid and electric vehicle technology
3 ECTS. 21 teaching hours.
- Technologies applied to hybrid
- Technologies applied electric vehicles
- Electric Mobility
Sistemas y Componentes
3 ECTS. 24 teaching hours.
- Electric motors applied to automotive
- Energy Storage Systems
Energy management
4 ECTS. 21 teaching hours.
- Principles of electronic power
- Energy management systems
- Energy recovery systems
Desarrollo de Vehiculos Híbridos/Eléctricos
3 ECTS. 24 teaching hours.
- Body and crash test
- Electromagnetic Compatibility
- Simulation Tools
- Regulations
La Recarga del Vehiculo Eléctrico
2 ECTS. 12 teaching hours.
- Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
- Control Network
- Strategies for Mobility
Project and equipment management
1 ECTS. 6 teaching hours.
- Project Management applied to automotive projects
- Research projects
Final Project
4 ECTS. 27 teaching hours.
- Development of a final project following related content modules covered in the program.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Gallegos Díez, David
    Doctor of Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering from the UPC. General Manager of China IDIADA Proving Ground. Professor at the UPC in Automotive and Mobility.

Teaching staff

  • Alonso Báez, Marcos
    Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Design engineer at Nissan Technical Center Europe (NTCE).
  • Barrios Vicente, José Manuel
    Industrial Engineer. Head of Innovation. IDIADA Applus Group.
  • Castellà Dagá, Santiago
    Industrial Engineer ETSEIB-UPC Head of electro-mobility in the SEAT Technical Centre (R & D).
  • Díaz Pinos, Pedro
    Developing Smart City and the development and introduction of electric vehicles projects at Endesa. Member, Advisory Council on COETTC.
  • Galceran Arellano, Samuel
    Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Assistant Professor University and deputy director of CITCEA-UPC.
  • Gallegos Díez, David
    Doctor of Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering from the UPC. General Manager of China IDIADA Proving Ground. Professor at the UPC in Automotive and Mobility.
  • Kersting, Klaus
    Degree in mathematics, physics specialty, the University of Paderborn. Product Manager of electric vehicles and hybrid in IDIADA.
  • Lafuente Buil, Ignacio
    Industrial Engineer. Acutalmente is Head of the Department of Industrial approvals Vehicle Applus+ IDIADA.
  • Merino Rodríguez, Antonio
    He is an Industrial Engineer Electrical branch for specialty electronics EUITIB. Since 1986 works at the SEAT Technical Centre in electrical development having held various responsibilities within the electronic area. He is currently Head of Electromobility and Energy Systems at the SEAT Technical Centre. He has collaborated with UPC and STA in various training programs, conferences, technical seminars and Masters.
  • Moreno Eguílaz, Juan Manuel
    European Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering Technology and Electronics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering in the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona ETSEIB-UPC.
  • Palacín Peiró, Maria Rosa
    Ph.D. in chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Investigating materials for rechargeable lithium and nickel in the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC)
  • Satué Vallvé, Ricardo
    Materials Engineer for the UPC and The Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine. Product Manager, Mobility at Applus+ IDIADA. Corporate Integration & Innovation en Applus+ IDIADA.
  • Schunk, Matthias Josef
  • Silva Martínez, Ferran
    Telecommunications Engineering (1989) and PhD in Telecommunications Engineering (1997) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Since 2000 he is Director of the Grup de Compatibilitat electromagnetic UPC center located in the Technological Innovation Network TECNIO of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Is Associate Professor since 1998. Responsible for the subjects and Electronics Electromagnetic Compatibility in Automobile on Superior Technical School of Enginyeria telecommunications from UPC. A member of the IEEE EMC Society and head of the Spanish chapter of this society, is also a member of the Spanish standardization committees SCTC77-210 and the CTN208 SCCISPR210A and, since 2006, belongs to the Board of Chairmen of EMC Europe.

General information

20 ECTS (135 teaching hours)
Start date
Start date:07/02/2017End date:13/07/2017
Tuesday  18:30 to 21:30Thursday  18:30 to 21:30
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
08005 Barcelona
Telephone: (34) 93 114 68 05
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

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Virtual Campus
The students on this Postgraduate course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
3.900 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee
The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
- In two instalments:
  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up 10 days before the starting date of the programme

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