Sustainability Report Highlights UWindsor Research on Electric Vehicles


The Council of Ontario Universities released its annual Going Greener report Tuesday.

The Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research and Green Energy at the University of Windsor, which to break barriers to commercially-available electric vehicles, is cited by the Council of Ontario Universities as one of the projects helping to create a more sustainable future in its annual Going Greener report released Tuesday.

Under the leadership of electrical engineering professor Narayan Kar, Canada Research Chair Program in Electrified Transportation Systems, the facility enables national and international academic, industry and government researchers to conduct “battery-to-wheel” research, promoting creativity, collaboration and practical know-how to enhance current electric vehicle technology, the report notes.

Among the challenges to be tackled are long charging time, high overall cost of ownership compared to equivalent gasoline vehicles, and “range anxiety,” the worry that the car’s battery will run out before the driver can reach a charging station.

The lab focuses on such major research areas as electric machine design and testing, machine drives and control, electric vehicle simulation and different methods of charging. It also conducts advanced, high-accuracy, industrial-scale testing.

Now in its seventh year, Going Greener provides a snapshot of how universities in Ontario are finding unique ways to integrate sustainability into all facets of campus life and operations.

“The sustainability initiatives and research taking place on our campuses are truly impressive and they have the potential to change lives for people around the world,” says COU president David Lindsay.

Among the highlights gleaned from a survey of 21 Ontario universities:

  • 95 per cent have a community or teaching garden;
  • 81 per cent offer a bike repair station;
  • most offer free or discounted transit passes to students;
  • 95 per cent have instituted water initiatives, including installing user-friendly refilling stations.

Each of the listed examples includes the University of Windsor. Read the entire report on the COU website.