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SD2250 Sustainable Vehicle Design 7.5 credits

This course provides engineering students with an awareness of both the challenges and opportunities involved in sustainable vehicle design. This is done by adopting global-, societal- and individual-level perspectives, and relating them to methods and techniques which can enable engineers to develop sustainable vehicles.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2250 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course contains various aspects of designing sustainable vehicles, including requirements for a sustainable future; agents and actions; systems, complexity and modelling; the transport system; moving to a circular economy; strategies for sustainable product development; environmental assessment and design; vehicle design and technology; resolving functional conflicts.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the main challenges faced in realising sustainable transport vehicles and explain the key global drivers and barriers behind transitioning to these.
  • Reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of different modelling approaches, assessment methods, and design theories relevant to the design of sustainable vehicles and motivate the choice for given approaches.
  • Perform benchmark simulations and assessment calculations and evaluate the results.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed degree project on Bachelor level.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignment and written report, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project report and oral and written presentation, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Education cycle

Second cycle

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