Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research

Novel Switched Reluctance Propulsion Motor Drives for Electric and Hybrid Electric Powertrains

There is an evolving paradigm shift in transportation toward more environmentally friendly vehicles with electric and hybrid powertrains. In fact, powertrain electrification results in more efficient, higher performance, cleaner, and safer vehicles. However, major technical challenges for the mass commercialization of electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs) include the development of electric propulsion motor drives that are low cost, reliable, rugged, fault tolerant, and scalable. This research program is focused on developing advanced switched reluctance motor (SRM) drives to overcome these major challenges.

This research is supported, in part, by the Discovery Grants Program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).