Electrifying the Transportation Sector
Transportation is one of the levers of socio-economic progress. But traditional modes of transportation are in crisis due to their heavy reliance on fossil fuels. The evolution of the transportation sector is increasingly being questioned for its impact on climate change, public health and traffic congestion in urban areas. In 2015 in Québec, road transport was responsible for about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and 75% of total oil consumption. Electric vehicles (hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fuel cell vehicles and fully electric vehicles) present both a challenge and a solution to these issues.
Dr. João Trovão, Canada Research Chair in Efficient Electric Vehicles with Hybridized Energy Storage Systems, is developing energy systems and highly efficient propulsion systems that will make electric vehicles more efficient and give them a greater driving range than what is currently available.
Trovao’s research focuses on range as well as battery aging and recharging time. He hopes to improve performance by using hybridized energy storage systems and reducing energy loss. His innovations will be made widely available to major industry leaders through technology transfer.
Trovao’s research will contribute to the development of a new generation of more efficient electric vehicles. Better suited to the needs of consumers, these vehicles will offer a more attractive alternative to traditional vehicles and support the larger goal of sustainable development.