The aim of this research group is to contribute to the electrification of transportation through the development of new concepts and technologies that improve vehicle design, reduce vehicle cost, and ease electric vehicle integration into society. Our research focuses on 3 different levels of detail:
- Power Electronics: This research explores new power electronic converter topologies and control methods, as well as the use of wide-band gap devices, in order to increase efficiency and reduce cost of the electronic components in vehicle powertrains.
- Vehicle Design and Control: Our group performs optimization studies on various hybrid and electric powertrain designs in order to find and quantify system-level benefits. We use extensive vehicle modeling to enable these studies.
- EV Integration: We study the effects of increased penetration of EVs on the grid and investigate the challenges and opportunities that will come with a widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles.