It might surprise many to know that in the earliest days of the automobile era (prior to World War I), electric vehicles (EV) outsold gasoline-powered cars. But as internal combustion engines rose in popularity due to their longer range, easier operation and lower cost, the EV took a backseat in the world of auto production.
More than a century later, environmental considerations, relative availability of hydro, and gasoline costs have led to a brand new market for EVs.
At the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, researcher Mohamed Youssef, PhD, aims to develop new EV subsystems to help make ‘going electric’ a popular and affordable option for motorists.
“At the core of electric vehicle research is the knowledge that consumers will be more likely to buy an EV when final products are more energy-efficient, reliable and offer longer mileage range,” says Dr. Youssef, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS). “inMotive specializes in energy efficiency innovation, particularly through novel transmission systems. The objective of our research collaboration is to develop the first fully Canadian EV and have it market-ready by mid-2021.”
The latest research effort between the university and the company is supported by a Collaborative Research and Development grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).