The bEyonD the boRder of electrΙc VEhicles: an advanced inTeractive cOURse (E-DRIVETOUR) project is funded by the EU in the frame of Erasmus Plus Knowledge Alliances Key Action 2. It has a duration of 3 years, starting from January 2020 until December 2022.
E-DRIVETOUR project aims to develop an advanced interactive course related to Sustainable Electrical Mobility Engineering that would train individuals with the necessary skills & knowledge to work in the electrical automotive industry. The course is designed to follow the European Credit Transfer & Accumulation System (ECTS) credit standards for certification recognition across the EU. As revealed by the title of the project, the main subject falls within the area of vehicle electrification, currently one of the hottest technological fields. However, this boost of the electric vehicle technology, together with the ignorance and “fear” of the automotive industry and market about electricity, has caused a significant gap, thus raising a tremendous need for relevant certified educational programs. The curriculum promises to cover the core and more advanced vehicle electrification issues combined with principles of entrepreneurship and automotive business administration and marketing. A multidisciplinary course is developed including also a small but important contribution from cultural courses.
During the first phase of E-DRIVETOUR, the course teaching requirements and syllabus, the laboratory experiments requirements and the demonstrators specifications are defined and afterwards developed by the partners of the project. An e-Learning platform with appropriate operational capabilities is also developed in order to host the overall educational material and promote them to more people interested in the subject. The e-learning platform not only hosts educational material but also supports remote measurement procedures as a first step to overcome COVID-19 problems.
The educational pathway towards certification
The main activity of the project is the implementation of the academic curriculum. The academic curriculum is composed of twenty-four (24) courses divided into two time periods, named as the first teaching period (TS1) and second the teaching period (TS2). Both time periods include, besides the lectures, two university visits for the students, one at the International Hellenic University (IHU), Thessaloniki, Greece and one at the University of Technology and Humanities in Radom (UTHR), Poland. The 40 students enrolled in the program will have to follow a third mobility period for training in one of the company partners of the project. The successful attendance will be awarded by the corresponding certificate.