Chrysler is teaming up with McMaster University and the Government of Canada to develop electrified powertrains of the future.
The agreement was announced on Friday by Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology.
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Chrysler is investing $9.25 million, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Canada's scientific granting council - is kicking in almost $9 million more.
The bulk of the work will be done at McMaster's Hamilton, Ontario campus by a team composed of Chrysler engineers, McMaster research engineers, as well as a number of faculty and graduate and undergraduate students.
Running until 2018, one of the over-riding goals of the project is to produce a more affordable EV. Six areas in particular will be targeted:
- Electrified powertrain architecture and optimization
- Power electronics
- Electric machines
- Motor control
- Energy management systems
- Embedded software