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  • Teachers from the University of Oviedo design a specific formation to repair and maintain electric vehicles

    November 26, 2014

    Teachers from the University of Oviedo have participated in the European project entitled "Training for the Electric Vehicles" (ELEVTRA), which has, for the first time, offered a specific formation for professionals who are tasked with the maintenance and repairing of electric vehicles and recharge stations.

    The participants of the ELEVTRA project alongside an electric vehicle during a meeting in Germany.

    Teachers from the University of Oviedo have participated in the European project entitled "Training for the Electric Vehicles" (ELEVTRA), which has, for the first time, offered a specific formation for professionals who are tasked with the maintenance and repairing of electric vehicles and recharge stations. Around fifty participants from the four countries who have joined this pilot formation program whose contents have been designed within the requirements established for levels 3 and 4 of the European Framework for Qualifications for Lifelong Learning (EQF), which in Spain correspond to Professional Formation.

    Establishing electric cars as a common sight in our roads requires, among other matters, the existence of professionals who have specialized in their maintenance and upkeep. The researchers from the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Gijón have been collaborating since 2009 with international partners from Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovenia and the Metal Asturias Foundation to develop an exhaustive, international and standardized formation program. ELECTRA, a Belgian company specialized in marketing of electromovility, is also a partner of the project.

    The pilot course celebrated in the four countries has been closed with a net positive. This new possibility of formation has attracted people with very different professional and personal profiles. "The program includes contents related with mechanics, electronics and electrical systems, and that is why it is so appealing for so many people who seek a specialization", explains Jorge García, one of the teachers from the Department of Electric, Electronic, Computer and System Engineering who participates in the project.

    Through an e-learning platform, the students have received theoretical formation and have completed practical exercises and case examples to get to know the components of the electric car or the charging station. The European project has developed a professional profile based on two modules: the electric vehicle (electric traction systems, batteries, auxiliary systems) and charging stations. Moreover, a monitoring and evaluation system has been devised for the development of the course in all the formative contents.

    The ELEVTRA project is part of the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union. At the beginning of December, the team will offer a conference in Brussels with the main conclusions of the work conducted during four years to design the specific formation for professionals who are in charge of maintaining and repairing electric vehicles and charging stantions.

    The economic crisis has affected the previsions of development of the sector that the ELEVTRA project was using when it began in 2010. The estimates back then foresaw that in 2014 one million units of electric vehicles would have reached 1 million units sold, but the number of electric cars in Spain in 2013 did not reach 1,400 units.

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    Team of the ELEVTRA project of the University of Oviedo:

    • Jorge García
    • Pablo Arboleya
    • Pablo García
    • Juan Manuel Guerrero
    • Cristina González

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    One of the charging stations installed at the Campus of Gijón with funding by the Campus of International Excellence.

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