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Electric Vehicle Battery and BMS Masterclass

Build a functioning battery management system in just 16 weeks

The online workshop on Batteries and Battery Management is starting its next batch on May 29 2019 and the enrolments are now closed.

✔ Getting ready to launch an EV product, and want to design your own battery management platform?

✔ Aspiring for a career in the electric vehicle or stationary storage space?

✔ Started a new project with lithium-ion batteries but lack the hands-on knowledge?

This course on batteries, and battery management systems, designed by a team of experts led by an ex-Tesla battery engineer is what you've been waiting for!

Enrolments for this course are currently closed. Click here to join the waitlist.

This is a one-of-a-kind course on electric vehicles which takes you deep into the workings of lithium ion cells and battery management systems.

Engage yourself

High definition video and studio quality audio make this course experience extremely engaging. The teaching style implemented in this course has proven to increase knowledge retention by at least 5 times.

Application based learning

Work on industry level projects on your own time at your own convenience. With our specially designed hardware kit, you will be learning about the hardware operating inside a battery management system and designing, writing the firmware industry level firmware code to have a functioning product in just 16 weeks from now!

To be a successful battery engineer, apart from theoretical knowledge, you need hands-on experience with lithium-ion cells. This course gives you the unique experience of working on an actual 18650 lithium ion cell - never before has it been so intuitive to understand the complexities of battery management.

Know a lithium-ion cell inside-out

At the end of this course, you will be able to look at a lithium ion cell and see through its outer shell. You will have a deep understanding of what happens chemically inside the cell and how we represent it in electrical terms. Without this knowledge, it is impossible to write the algorithms that govern a battery management system.

Certificate of completion

A credible certificate from us, shows prospective employers and/or industry partners that you have the necessary knowledge to do the job. The certificate will definitely open doors for you, and the hands-on experience you get in this course will let you reach your goals 10x faster.

STUDENTS, PROFESSIONALS, ENTREPRENEURS

THE BATTERY MARKET IS GROWING FAST, ARE YOU READY FOR IT?

The battery technology market is growing at a staggering pace! There are hundreds of open positions right now that you will be a good fit for after completing this course. Here are just a few of them !

Battery algorithms engineer - Tesla
Battery engineer - Daimler
Senior battery engineer - Brightvolt
Advanced Battery Scientist - Hollingsworth & Vose Company
Battery System Engineer - Google

The average salary for a well trained battery engineer is $120,000 to $190,000 per year

COURSE KIT

HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COURSE KIT



  • STM32 Microcontroller Development board

You will receive a microcontroller board from STM32 Nucleo series. You will learn how to set up your computer to work with this development board and how to program and debug it. This microcontroller will allow you to work with the BMS board to develop and write your own battery algorithms.

  • BMS development board for single lithium ion 18650 cell

This custom BMS development board will allow you to test your battery algorithms on real 18650 lithium ion cells. You will be able to upload different drive cycles to the microcontroller and test the response of your algorithms to it. This is hardcore application based learning that is sure to 10x your understanding of battery systems.

The custom designed MakerMax SC4p0 lithium-ion board comes with the following features -

1. Charge a single Li-ion cell upto 1A
2. Discharge from 0.1 to 1.5A - adjustable discharge rate
3. Analyze voltage, current and temperature readings at high sample rates and accuracy
4. On-board OLED display for diagnostics
5. 3 LEDs for the on-board charger status
6. Reverse polarity protection and LED indication
7. 2 user programmable LEDs
8. On-board DIP switches for user input

It is compatible with the STM32 Nucleo series boards as well as Arduino Uno R3.

This board can be used to learn more about -
1. How to prevent undervoltage during discharging
2. How to prevent overvoltage during charging
3. What is SOC and how to design its computation algorithm
4. What is SOE and how to design its computation algorithm
5. Effects of temperature on a Li-ion cell
6. Capacity fade of a Li-ion cell
7. What happens to a Li-ion cell during storage
8. What causes fires in Li-ion cells and how to prevent them
9. How to deal with overcurrent conditions for a Li-ion cell
10. Cycle a cell to understand its characteristics

  • Accessories, cables and power converters

Electronic accessories, cables and any other hardware that will be needed to complete this course.

  • FREE shipping worldwide!

All the above mentioned items and more will be shipped to your door free of cost.

Your Instructor


Akshay Gill
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.



  • Registration
    After you register for the course, you will get a confirmation email welcoming you to the course and an introduction of the features available on the course platform. We advise registering early for better prices and ensuring seat availability.
  • Personalized course plan Special add-on
    After purchasing the course, you will get an option to select a personalized plan. This is a special plan for individuals looking to accelerate their growth in the battery space through one on one time with the instructor. It also comes with many other benefits, the full details of which will be available after you've purchased this course. You will be receiving a call from the course instructor to set up a personalized course plan. This plan is set based on your goals and how you can achieve them in the shortest possible way.
  • Get ready for the course
    We will share detailed documentation on the hardware and how to start preparing for the course. To brush up your basics in embedded systems, you can use this time to study highly rated MakerMax courses that we will share with you
  • Slack group invite
    You are invited to join the slack group for the course where you can start to interact with the instructor and fellow classmates from around the world
  • The advent of electric May 29
    The course lecture videos for the first week are released. Over the next week you will get introduced to the EV powertrain and how it is taking over the ICE cars. You learn about technologies such as battery swapping and how they have failed before, but companies are still investing millions into it.
  • What's inside a lithium ion cell June 5
    Over the next week you will be learning about the anode, cathode, electrolyte and seperator of a lithium ion cell. You will also be learning how factors such as electrode thickness, density, porosity affect the cell's performance. This is immensely valuable when selecting cells for your battery application.
  • How are cells manufactured June 12
    You will learn how cells are lithium ion cells are manufactured including processes such as electrode assembly, binding process, formation process, aging, cell testing. This information is valuable in diagnoising information when field failures happen with batteries. Sometimes the fault can be traced back to the manufacturing stages, so it is important to understand the usefulness of each stage. You will also learn about the different form factors in which lithium ion cells are available and how to know which form to choose for your application.
  • Cell chemistries June 19
    You will learn what decides the open circuit voltage of a cell and understand the selection criteria for various cell chemistries available in the market today. Based on your application, there are advantages of using one chemistry over another, and you will learn how to make that selection.
  • Hardware kit shipped
    After you've completed the first month of the course, the hardware kit will be dispatched to your address. Our team will be reaching out to you at this point to ask you where you want your kit to delivered. Your kit is delivered to you free of charge.
  • Characteristics of a cell June 30
    You will learn the terms that every battery engineer should know. These are essential to communicate to other EV engineers, suppliers, clients in the industry. You will also learn valuable information about discharge, charge and capacity characteristics of lithium ion cells. You will also learn about cell aging, and hysteresis.
  • BMS algorithms July 6
    Lithium ion cells need to be managed. This is the role of the battery management system. You will learn about the algorithms that every battery management system executes. This knowledge is essential to becoming a successful battery engineer in EVs , portable devices, communication devices and other battery operated electronics.
  • Midterm practice questions
    A practice assignment is sent to you to prepare for the midterm. After completing this assignment you will have a chance of discussing it with your peers. The instructor will also give an answer sheet for reference.
  • Midterm exam July 13
    The midterm exam is conducted. Completing this exam is compulsary for receiving the course certificate. It will be an application based exam, with interesting questions that you will encounter as a battery engineer in the industry today.
  • BMS algorithms July 20
    You will continue to learn important algorithms needed to manage lithium ion cells like state of charge, power prediction, energy estimation which are powerful algorithms that are run in every battery management system. The knowledge of these will empower you to be able to make the most basic to the most advanced battery management systems.
  • Development environment July 27
    This course is designed to be application oriented, and this section is where you will get your computer ready for EV development.You will also learn in detail about the MakerMax Li-ion cell development board (SC4p1) that is included with your kit.
  • Enable SC4p1 shield August 3
    You will learn how to enable various features of the lithium ion shield like the OLED display for debugging and the on-board analog to digital converter for high accuracy measurements of cell voltage, current and temperature.
  • Enable charge & discharge August 16
    You will learn how to work with EV hardware including how to discharge cells, charge cells, monitor voltage current and temperature for lithium ion cells. Being able to accurately sense the voltage, current and temperature of a cell is the foundation of any strong battery management system. You will be able to learn this hands-on.
  • Programming BMS algorithms August 23
    You will learn how to write the SOC, Energy and Power Available algorithm for a BMS. This is essential to know for every battery engineer in the industry. You will be able to learn these algorithms by programming them on the SC4p1 shield using an STM32 microcontroller
  • Battery safety September 5
    You would have heard about battery fires in the field. We will train you to know how to safely operate any EV battery, so that any battery operated device designed by you keeps people safe while performing at its best possible. You will learn the essentials of BMS and battery safety.
  • Program safety algos September 12
    You will take what you learned in Week 14, and implement this on actual hardware. You will learn how to write algorithms such as overvoltage and undervoltage protection, overcurrent protection, and overtemperature protection.
  • Preperation for final exam
    You will receive a practice assignment to help prepare for the final exam. This will continue real life scenarios that you will encouter being a professional in the battery industry today. After completing the assignment you will get a chance to discuss with your peers in the course and an answer sheet will also be provided.
  • Final exam September 24
    The final exam will be conducted. Completing the midterm and final exam is compulsary to receive the course certificate.
  • Next steps
    Our team will be reaching out about the next steps on how you can continue to apply what you have learned in the course on more projects in the battery space. Looking back at this point you will realize how much you have learned in the past four months and the new opportunities that await you.
  • Personalized call Special add-on
    After purchasing the course, you will get an option to select a personalized plan. This is a special plan for individuals looking to accelerate their growth in the battery space through one on one time with the instructor. A personalized call with the instructor to review the plan set out for you in the beginning of the course and how it has helped you get closer to your goal. You will also receive personalized feedback on your progress in the course and what are the next steps to take to be successful in the battery space.

THIS CLASS WAS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

HERE'S WHAT'S PREVIOUS ENROLEES HAVE TO SAY


This class was absolutely brilliant! The course material and videos teach the concepts very well. The attention to detail and the quality of the material was appreciated and extremely helpful.

Before taking the course I had no idea about the chemistry, manufacturing process or how to properly charge and discharge lithium ion batteries. After taking the course I understand those concepts and how to use a micro-controller and software to safely charge and discharge lithium batteries,

What I liked most about the course was being able to do hands-on coding using the provided STM Nucleo board and the battery charging/discharging shield. I don't think I would have gained as much knowledge about lithium ion batteries without the hands-on approach the course provides.

I really enjoyed and learned a lot from the following lectures/exercises:

- Week 5 - Characteristics of a Lithium Ion Cell

- Week 11 - Enabling Charging and Discharging on the SC4p0 board

- Weeks 12 and 13 - Lab Session - Writing the Battery Status Algorithms

I recommend this course to friends and colleagues because they will learn, in great detail, the concepts needed to understand the physical properties of lithium ion cells and how the write code to safely charge, discharge and monitor them using hardware and software techniques.

- James Norton, Software Engineer at TransAct Technologies

ALREADY ENROLLED!

PROFESSIONALS FROM THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES AND MANY MORE HAVE ALREADY BENEFITED FROM THIS COURSE

Course Curriculum


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STUDENT REVIEWS

HERE'S WHAT'S OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

J. Holmes "Sr. Engineer, Stuttgart"

I have some previous EV experience, but this course allowed me to go above and beyond.

M. Luca "Student, Vancouver"

Complete and well explained. Career team helped me get an internship after my course.

C. Calnado "Technical Manager, Denver"

Great introduction sections, really enjoying the course content so far! The instructor is quick to respond and ready to help.

J. Dierra "Power Electronics Engineer, Chicago"

I'm a beginner in this and this course helped me understand algorithms of batteries. I had no previous experience in EVs before this but this course has made me feel very confident in the subject.

M. Rajnesh "CTO, Stealth EV startup, Bangalore"

Loved this course. If anyone is really interested to take your EV skills to the next level, this is the course you should not miss. It covers all the necessary concepts for batteries and BMS.

T. Kang "Owner, Pao Laong, Beijing"

I was able to train myself using this course. Kit supplied really helps to learn and instructor is helpful.




COURSE STRUCTURE

HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH EV BATTERY MASTERCLASS

The course is structured into 16 intense and exciting weeks that are guaranteed to 10x your career in electric vehicles battery and battery electronics.

Week 1 - Introduction to EV technology

An introduction to what EVs are, why they are disrupting the automotive industry and how they compare to the ICE automobiles. You will learn about the evolution of batteries, charging, and battery swapping technology. Did you know your ICE car today has some battery management inside it too? We talk about this as well.

Week 2 - Introduction to Li-ion technology

One of the most important parts of any electric vehicle - the battery and battery management system. You will learn about whats inside a Li-ion battery, and what are the effects of density, thickness, porosity and surface area on the performance of the Li-ion cell.

Week 3 - Manufacturing process of Lithium ion cells

You will learn about what the manufacturing and assembly process of Lithium ion cells looks like. What are the different types of form factors available for packaging the cells and how they are manufactured. Advantages/Disadvantages of different forms will also be covered.

Week 4 - Introduction to cell chemistry

You will learn about what types of cell chemistries are available, how they are different and whats the advantages and disadvantages of using certain types of chemistries.

Week 5 - Characteristics of a Lithium Ion Cell

You will learn the terms that every battery engineer should know. These are essential to communicate to other EV engineers, suppliers, clients in the industry. You will also learn valuable information about discharge, charge and capacity characteristics of lithium ion cells. You will also learn about cell aging, and hysteresis.

Week 6 - Algorithms for a Lithium Ion Cell

Lithium ion cells need to be managed. This is the role of the battery management system. You will learn about the algorithms that every battery management system executes. This knowledge is essential to becoming a successful battery engineer in EVs , portable devices, communication devices and other battery operated electronics.

Midterm exam

Week 7 - Algorithms (continued)

You will continue to learn important algorithms needed to manage lithium ion cells like state of charge, power prediction, energy estimation.

Week 8 - Lab Session - Setting up the development environment

The whole course is designed to be application oriented, and this section is where you will get your computer ready for EV development. You will also learn about the MakerMax Li-ion cell development board that is included with your kit.

Week 9 and 10 - Lab Session - Enabling features of the Lithium Ion shield

You will learn how to enable various features of the lithium ion shield like the OLED display for debugging and the on-board analog to digital converter for high accuracy measurements of cell voltage, current and temperature.

Week 11 - Lab Session - Enabling charging / discharging on the lithium ion shield

You will learn how to work with EV hardware including how to discharge cells, charge cells, monitor voltage current and temperature for lithium ion cells.

Week 12 and 13 - Lab Session - Battery Algorithms

You will learn how to write the SOC, Energy and Power Available algorithm for a BMS. This is essential to know for every battery engineer in the industry.

Week 14 - Battery Safety Algorithms

You would have heard about battery fires in the field. We will train you to know how to safely operate any EV battery, so that any battery operated device designed by you keeps people safe while performing at its best possible. You will learn the essentials of BMS and battery safety.

Week 15 - Lab Session - Implementing Safety Algorithms

You will take what you learned in Week 8, and implement this on actual hardware. You will learn how to write algorithms such as overvoltage and undervoltage protection, overcurrent protection, and overtemperature protection.

Week 16 - Final Exam and Next Steps

We will review what we have learned over the past 16 weeks and you will write a final exam. Then we will discuss the next steps and how to take it forward.

OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

We stand behind the quality of our courses and are confident that you will find it a valuable experience. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee on our courses, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by signing up!

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course is designed to be completed over 16 weeks. Each week you will get a new module with exciting material, exercises and lab work. The course starts in May 2019.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days of your purchase and we will give you a full refund.
What equipment/tools will I need to complete the course?
You need a computer (Mac, Windows or Linux) to view the contents of this course and to participate in the lab exercises. Any additional hardware that is needed for this course (like development boards and shields) would be shipped to your door free of charge!
How can I get help during the course?
Throughout the course, you will have an opportunity to ask questions in the Q&A discussions over the Slack channels. If you feel that you need one on one guidance to understand the course concepts, please register for the personalised course plan add-on after you register for the course. The instructor will then set up a personalised learning plan for you and be in touch with you throughout the progress of the course.
Is there a certificate provided for completing this course?
There will be a certificate provided to you once you complete the requirements of the course and pass the midterm and final exam.
Are there any pre-requisites to this course?
Basic knowledge of reading schematics and basic C or C++ will help you get the most out of this course. We also have preparation courses in C / C++ embedded programming that you can enroll in alongside this course to brush up on your skills if needed.
A note on shipping of lithium ion cells
International shipping regulations prohibit transport of lithium ion cells via air, which is why we will be assisting you in procuring the lithium ion cell locally from your country. The cost of a single 18650 cell will be under $10. You also have the option of signing up for the personalized training plan (you will get an option for it after registering for the course). With this, we will locally source and deliver the lithium ion cells to you address.

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