CHARGE (Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research and Green Energy) Labs was founded by Dr. Narayan C. Kar who is a full professor and Canada Research Chair in Electrified Transportation Systems at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Kar’s research interest focuses on the design, control and testing of electric machines and drives for electric vehicles in an effort to push the boundaries of innovations in electric drive technology and reduce the overall cost of electrified vehicles.
Under Dr. Kar’s leadership, CHARGE Labs focuses on four major research areas for Electrified Vehicles: 1) Electric machine design; 2) Electric machine testing; 3) Motor drives and control; and 4) Charging. CHARGE Labs facility is equipped with fully functional industrial scale electrified vehicle motor and drive test systems, which has allowed the lab to produce transformative and disruptive research results in the area electrified vehicles.
Dr. Kar’s research team currently consists of five post-doctoral personnel, ten PhD and seven Master students and two research support staff. CHARGE Labs is at the forefront of the leading edge of innovation in electric drive technologies, through active collaborations with Ford Motor Company of Canada, D&V Electronics, Magna International Inc., TM4 Inc., CanmetMATERIALS of Natural Resources Canada, and University professors from mechanical, materials and thermal disciplines. In addition to promoting creativity and collaborations through industry funding and support, CHARGE research program receives sponsorship from many government-funding agencies including Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada Research Chair program, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and Ontario Centres of Excellence.