Design of a Small Personal Electric Vehicle
as an Educational Project
Tiene Nobels, Wim Deprez, Ief Pardon, Stijn Stevens, Ondrej Viktorin,
Johan Driesen, Jeroen Van Den Keybus, Ronnie Belmans
Kaholieke Universiteit Leuven, Dept. Elektrotechniek, Div. Electa
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
Phone +32 16 321026
Fax +32 16 321985
Abstract – Engineering education should comprise more than
theoretical knowledge. A design project with close relationship
to present technology and the student’s environment provides
hands-on engineering experience and training of general
engineering skills. Electric vehicles are an example of
technology. Building an electric go-kart is an economical and
real-life educational design project.
The electrical energy-engineering curriculum at
K.U.Leuven comprises 2 years of general science and
engineering education, 1 year of general electrical
engineering and a 2-year electrical energy specialisation.
The design project to be developed is intended for 4th year
The objectives of the design project are mainly to provide
the students with hands-on experience, especially in the
domain of electrical installations and drives. Also general
engineering skills such as organizing meetings, gathering
information and working in team are targeted.
II. DESIGN SUBJECT
Motivation is an important aspect of the learning trajectory.
Therefore, the topic has to be relevant, both to the
curriculum as to present technology problems. Seeking the
design topic in the student’s environment stimulates
Electric vehicles (EV) represent an emerging and high-tech
market  in whi