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Electric/hybrid vehicles and alternative fuels (hydrogen, biofuels)

This area conducts research on the next-generation design of green vehicles that will transform the automotive industry. Future vehicles will need to reduce the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions, and their reliance on fossil fuels. At UOIT, researchers are developing new technologies for critical sub-systems in hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles. This includes research on battery module design, advanced powertrains, lower-cost fuel cells, life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions, and control systems for efficient vehicle operation.

Faculty members

Selected publications and grants

Rohrauer, G., Lambert, S., Minaker, B., Rideout, G., "Hybrid Vehicle Testbed for Active Safety Systems and Intelligent Grid Interfacing", Auto21 Grant, 2008-2011.

Hussain, M., Dincer, I., Reddy., B. V., "A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Bio and Conventional Fuels in a Canadian Province", Technical Report 08-09, August, 2009.

Bernacki, M., Pop-Iliev, R., "Design and Development of an Independent Hub Motor Rear Drive Electric Vehicle with Electronic Differential", EVS-24, 24th International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell EV Symposium and Exhibition, May 13-16, 2009, Stavanger, Norway, 2009.

Van Wieringen, M., Pop-Iliev, R., "Technical Analysis of a Dual-fuel (Hydrogen and Gasoline) Extended Range Electric Vehicle for Component Selection and Design", Clean Technology Conference and Expo, May 3-7, 2009, Houston, Texas, 2009.

Zamfirescu, C., Dincer, I., "Methods and Apparatus for using Ammonia as a Sustainable Fuel, Refrigerant and NOx Reduction Agent", US Patent 61/064,133, 2009.

Zamfirescu, C., Dincer, I., "Ammonia as a Green Fuel and Hydrogen Source for Vehicular Applications", Fuel Processing Technology, vol. 90, pp. 729-737, 2009.

Lambert, S., Rohrauer, G., Minaker, B., Salama, M., "Regenerative Braking Systems", AUTO21 Research Grant, 2004-2008.

Zamfirescu, C., Dincer, I., "Using Ammonia as a Sustainable Fuel", Journal of Power Sources, vol. 185, pp. 459-465, 2008.

Granovskiy, M., Dincer, I., Rosen, M. A., "Economic and Environmental Comparison of Conventional, Hybrid, Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles", Journal of Power Sources, vol. 159, no. 2, pp. 1186-1193, 2006.

Granovskiy, M., Dincer, I., Rosen, M. A., "Life Cycle Assessment of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Gasoline Vehicles", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 337-352, 2006.