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U Toronto snags $9M in electric vehicle partnership


By David Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2017

University of Toronto Electric Vehicle Research Centre (UTEV) has secured a major investment to support collaborative research into next-generation electric vehicle (EV) technologies from its founding partner Havelaar Canada, a company that made a big splash earlier this year with an all-electric pick-up truck.

Havelaar’s funding is in addition to Collaborative Research and Development grants from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research. Combined those investments total more than $9.1 million over four years for two projects, which will be jointly led by Havelaar and UT professors Olivier Trescases and Peter Lehn.

“EVs hold enormous promise as an established, practical solution to move people sustainably while minimizing the need for new infrastructure,” said Trescases, who serves as UTEV’s director. “This support will further accelerate our progress toward lower-cost and more efficient vehicles that can integrate into the smart transportation networks of the future.”

The two CRD grants will support multidisciplinary projects that target disruptive technologies in both electric vehicles and associated charging infrastructure to make the next generation EVs more accessible, affordable and intelligent.

UTEV was launched in 2016 with five years of major infrastructure and project funding from Havelaar Canada. The partnership takes a holistic approach to corporate-university collaborations, including supporting talented engineering students, addressing global technical challenges, and building a commercialization pipeline for academic research.

“We are really excited about this partnership,” said Tony Han, president of Havelaar Canada. “Not only are we creating one of the top centers that can become the face for Canadian EV innovation, we are also building a collaboration platform that will bring global resources together to advance EV technology.”

Source: University of Toronto Engineering News

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