Project no. 114
Electrical Car - Creating the Engineers of Tomorrow
S. J. Kirk and C. E. G. Christensen
DTU Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Personal transportation today is dominated by cars running on fossile fuel, causing emission
of unneeded green house gasses that stress and damage our climate everyday. One way to
fight the emission from personal transportation is to change to electrical cars. The knowledge
and skill to build electrical cars is mainly held by large automotive companies today. The aim
of our project is to give students at DTU the ability to design and build the functional elements
needed for making an electrical car.
A safe design, structurally and electrically, is necessary when designing a personal
transportation vehicle. Areas that the students will be involved in are vibration and suspension
designs, building battery-packs, controlling high voltage electronics, advanced motor control,
strength calculation, finite element analysis of chassis and upright, wireless communication
and control of the vehicle. Future projects include the possibility to include a autonomous
driving control of an electrical car.
This project aims to reach the goal of allowing DTU students to have the ability to be a leading
role in the development of new electrical transportation vehicles. The road to succes, builds
on the initiative and will of the founders of the student Group Vermilion Racing, who in
collaboration with DTU SKYLAB and DTU Elektro, are inspiring student to join the project and
help design and build an electrical race car. Through student designed special courses, the
student are building an electrical cal which complies with a 100+ page rulebook, which means
the car can compete in an international university competition for electrical cars. The aim with
the project is to inspire enough students and staff at DTU, so the project is made into a blue
dot course at DTU. This would allow the team to include more than 50 student per semester,
and help the project not rely solely on sponsorships and grants. Every year a new and
improved car will be designed and build based on the lessons of the past, allowing for a course
in which new students will learn the fundamentals themselves, and not just be handed an
already build car to just make minor adjustments to.
Through student efforts, we have amassed enough sponsorships to build a car within a year.
Almost 50 students are currently working on the project, and the first iteration will be ready by
the start of this July. The students will have incredible knowledge in building a real world
electrical car, previously unattainable at DTU. This will be the basis for many years of teaching
new students the way of sustainable transportation.