CHARGE Labs (Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research and Green Energy), at the University of Windsor under the Canada Research Chair Program in Electrified Transportation Systems advances knowledge, technology and expertise through world-class transformative and disruptive research and innovation in the area of electric vehicle science and engineering.
The program aims to advance major bottlenecks in commercially available electric vehicles such as driving range anxiety, longer charging time and high overall cost of ownership when compared to equivalent gasoline vehicles. Outcome of the research and development activities conducted also leads to a cleaner environment and benefit Canada both economically and socially. In an effort to produce far-reaching research solutions, CHARGE Labs focuses on major research areas such as electric machine design and testing, machine drives and control, electric vehicle simulation and inductive and conductive charging. This industrial scale research and development facility at the University of Windsor is enabling national and international academic, industry and government researchers and collaborators to conduct battery-to-wheel research in an effort to promote creativity, collaboration, and practical know-how to enhance current electric vehicle technology and allow researchers and students to cross-transfer knowledge and expertise to the automotive industry.
In partnership with CanmetMATERIALS, Ford Motor Company and D&V Electronics, this facility enables professors from the Electrical, Materials and Mechanical disciplines to work collaboratively while taking established capabilities to a globally competitive level. CHARGE Labs also has active research collaborations and student/faculty exchange programs with universities in Canada and in countries such as China, France and India. The Centre is heavily supported by federal and provincial government funding agencies such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and industrial partners. CHARGE Labs hosts an industrial scale testing facility funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation for producing world-class transformative research and technology in the areas of next generation passenger and heavy-duty electric vehicle powertrain components and systems through advanced and high accuracy testing. The research facility is on par or supersedes the ability of North American automotive OEMs in testing and development of electric motors and power converters and controls under an emulated electric vehicle environment and futuristic charging schemes.