Course description

Currently, it is challenging to find the optimal polymers for electric car applications.

This cannot remain unsolved, thus I took this as a motivation to create a new online course: 

Polymer Material Selection For Electric Vehicles (xEVs)

All you ever wanted to know about polymer material selection for applications in EVs!

In this course we will cover: 

  • The importance of proper material selection
  • Main EV architectures
  • Material requirements, technologies and applications
  • The use of commodity polymers, engineering polymers, and high performance polymers for EV applications
  • How to compare different materials and applications 

Furthermore, we will discuss suitable materials from all major plastic material suppliers. 

In a few hours you will learn everything you need to know to select the optimal polymer material for your electrification project.

Let’s do it!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction and Overview Course Modules

  • 2

    Module 1: The Importance of Material Selection

  • 3

    Module 2: Introduction to xEV Architectures

    • Main Electrified Architectures

    • Battery, Power Electronics, and Traction Motor

  • 4

    Module 3: Material Requirements, Technologies and Applications

    • Material Requirements Overview

    • Flame Retardancy and EMI Shielding

    • Electrical Corrosion, Overmoulding Parts, CTI, and Dielectric Strength

    • Overview Industry Testing Standards

    • Thermoplastic Applications

    • Summary Module 3

  • 5

    Module 4: Commodity Polymers

    • Introduction to Module 4

    • The Polymer Performance Pyramide

    • Polymer: PP; Application: Center Console Structure

    • Polymer: PP; Applications: Front and Rear Bumpers; Plastics Tailgate

    • Polymer: PP; Applications: Door Panel and Map Pocket

    • Polymer: PP; Applications: Battery systems and Thermal Management Systems

    • Polymer: PE; Application: Separator in Lithium- ion Batteries (Microporous Membranes)

    • Polymer: XPLO; Applications: Ultra-flexible T4 Battery Cables; Power Cables

    • Summary Module 4 - Commodity Polymers

  • 6

    Module 5: Engineering Polymers

    • Introduction to Module 5

    • Polymer: PBT; Applications: Connector Plugs, Battery Cell Frame Holders, PCU

    • Polymer: PA 6; Applications: Cell Module End Plate and Cell Spacer

    • Polymer: PA 6.6; Applications: HV Connectors, Battery Frame Supporting Elements, Cooling Line Connectors; Water Pump Housings

    • Polymer: PA 6.6 and PA 6.10; Applications: Metal-to-Plastic Conversion, Sensor Housings and Components

    • Polymer: PC and PC blends; Applications: Battery Thermal Management; Battery Pack Module Covers and Housing; Supply Equipment

    • Polymer: PPE; Applications: Battery Housings and Module

    • Summary Module 5 - Engineering Polymers

    • Summary Module 5 - Engineering Polymers

  • 7

    Module 6: High Performance Polymers

    • Introduction to Module 6

    • Polymer: PPS; Applications: HV Busbars (Traction Motor); Inverter Covers and Housings; Thermal Management Systems

    • Polymer: PPA, PPS; Applications: IGBT Module; Traction Motor Parts (Bobbins, Resolvers, Terminals); EV Charging Systems

    • Polymer: LCP; Application: Traction Motor Part – Slot Liner for Rotor

    • Polymers: PEEK; Aramide; Applications: Traction Motor Part – Slot Liner for Stator; Magnet Wire Coating;

    • Polymer: PVDF; PFA; Application: Battery – Binder and Separator Coating; Cell Gaskets;

    • Polymer: PEI; Application: Battery Pack Applications – Cell Terminal Caps / Covers / Interlayers

    • Summary Module 6 - High Performance Polymers

  • 8

    Module 7: Application Charts

    • Introduction to Module 7

    • Application Chart: Material Requirements vs. Polymeric Materials

    • Application Chart: Material Requirements vs. Components in EVs

    • Application Chart: Component vs. Suitable Polymer

    • Application Chart: High Voltage vs. Operating Temperature vs. Polymeric Materials

    • Course Wrap Up


Herwig Juster

Herwig is an accomplished polymer engineering professional with a solid educational background. He holds a BSc. and a MSc. in polymer engineering and science from the University of Leoben, Austria as well as a Ph.D. in polymer injection moulding from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Since 2015, he is active in the plastics industry having worked in different roles such as application technology development and new business development at major material supplier companies. He helps part designers and plastics professionals to select the optimal high performance polymer material. He also lectures insights into high performance polymers to industry professionals. Herwig also holds the blog "Find Out About Plastics", where he shares his experiences and know-how gained in the world of plastics on a regularly basis.


  • How can I access the free introductory videos?

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  • Can we order as a company multiple seats and pay later over a classic invoicing process?

    Yes, you can! I will invoice the customer later and comply with their accounting/payable processes. In the meanwhile, I can manually enroll those students as they identify themselves on the platform with their name, email, etc.

  • Will I have access to the lessons and slides forever once I enrolled and paid?

    The slides are downloadable, so you'll keep them forever. The video material will be available for you to view and review for several weeks (typically three months), with no limits on number of replay. Leaving unlimited access would harm my business over the long term, allowing people to share the course. However, if large companies would like to negotiate an annual subscription fee, we can discuss that.