Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training

Course Description

Available for groups only, this course provides participants a solid foundation of information with electric drive vehicles and their difference from conventionally-fueled vehicles. The course covers powertrains for different types of electric vehicles. It explains motor-generator operation, testing, and diagnostic equipment. It details EV direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) converters in the various high and low voltage electrical systems in EVs.

It explains various systems in an EV and how they communicate to the power management electric control unit (ECU). Participants will learn battery leak detection procedures of hybrid battery packs and high voltage cables. They will learn the different levels of electric vehicle charging and how charging issues are diagnosed. The information covered in the course can aid participants in the ASE L3 certification test.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of electric vehicle powertrains.
  • Explain safety rating systems for electrical meters and leads.
  • Understand EV direct current (DC) to DC converters and vehicle charging.
  • Recognize how different systems communicate to the power management electric control unit (ECU).
  • Conduct high voltage battery testing.
  • Explain different battery cell chemistries and systems.
  • Know how an inverter converts DC to AC and AC to DC.
  • Identify high-voltage (HV) components.


  • Introduction to hybrid electric and other alternative fuel vehicles
  • Hybrid batteries and battery diagnostics
  • Chevy Volt operation, testing and diagnostics
  • System main relays, and controllers that operate them
  • Isolation fault detection motor testing and diagnostics
Electric Drive Vehicle Cover – Participant

For more information email Cristina Dumitrescu at cristina.dumitrescu@mail.wvu.edu or call her (304) 293-6906

Course materials provided:

  • Participant Manual – ISBN 978-1-933954-57-8
  • Each module contains:
    • Illustrations
    • Explanatory figures and tables
    • Review questions
    • Key terms

Course designed for:

  • Fleet managers
  • Automotive technicians
  • Code officials / Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs)
  • Construction contractors
  • Government officials / decision makers
  • Clean Cities Coalitions