Fulfilling the Promise of Electrified Vehicles
Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned with higher oil prices and the environmental and health hazards associated with fossil fuel combustion. However, fuel requirements are growing due to increased demand for transportation and population growth. Electrified vehicles (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric) are promising alternatives that can provide more sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation.
Dr. Narayan Kar, Canada Research Chair in Electrified Transportation Systems, aims to develop electrified vehicle component technologies (from battery charging systems to energy management systems) that go beyond what automotive equipment manufacturers are currently developing.
Kar’s research is addressing the most challenging obstacles for electrified vehicle technologies and will result in significant improvements in cost, drivability, emissions, fuel economy and performance. In addition, his research will make electrified vehicles much more widely accepted by consumers.
Kar’s research will help lead to the design of high-performing electrified vehicles that reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, improve air quality and reduce health related impacts from harmful emissions.