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Battery Manufacturing for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Engineer's, here is our online continuing education course material from Bill Canis from the Congressional Research Service on Battery Manufacturing for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. You will earn 2 PDH continuing education training hours upon conclusion of the CEU Leaf quiz.

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The United States is one of several countries encouraging production and sales of fully electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to reduce oil consumption, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA; P.L. 111-5) provided federal financial support to develop a domestic lithium-ion battery supply chain for electric vehicles. Some of these companies have brought on new production capacity, but others have gone bankrupt or idled their plants. While early in his Administration President Obama forecast that 1 million plug-in electric vehicles would be sold by 2015, motorists have been slow to embrace all-electric vehicles. At the beginning of 2013, about 80,000 plug-in electrics were on U.S. roads.

Developing affordable batteries offering long driving range is the biggest challenge to increasing sales of plug-in electric vehicles. Batteries for these vehicles differ substantially from traditional lead-acid batteries used in internal combustion engine vehicles: they are larger, heavier, more expensive, and have safety considerations that mandate use of electronically controlled cooling systems. Various chemistries can be applied, with lithium-ion appearing the most feasible approach at the present time.

Engineer Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basicis of a traditional engine
  • Understand the operation of an electric vehicle
  • Know the basics of lithium-ion batteries
  • Learn the battery manufacturing process
  • Learn about federal support for battery technology research and development


This is a handout style continuing education PDH class that comprehensively reviews the Congressional Research Service publication.

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Engineer PDH Price: $45.00

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