There is a wealth of budding electric vehicle (EV) builders all around the country, tinkering away on do-it-yourself conversions in their backyards. Now they have an avenue to study their passion for EVs at a university level thanks to three new programs being offered by Wayne State University in Detroit.
All based around the field of electric propulsion, the programs will start this fall and run for roughly four years. The programs include a bachelor of science in electric transportation technology, a master's of science in electric-drive vehicle engineering, and a graduate program in electric-drive vehicle engineering.
These are the first electric propulsion degree programs in the country, and you can expect course content will be changing dramatically over the coming years.
According to the university’s interim dean of engineering, Mumtaz Usmen, graduate students will be sought after by automakers as well as suppliers to the auto industry. After all, virtually every major automaker has pledged to launch either hybrid or all-electric vehicles in the near future, and we’re sure a lot of graduates will be staying in Detroit.
Backing the programs is the U.S. Department of Energy, which has provided a grant of more than $5 million.