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Hybrid and Electric Powertrains

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has a long history of research, development, education and demonstration projects related to hybrid vehicles, dating back to the mid 1990s. Vehicle electrification has been a major thrust of CAR research and development, as well as engineering services activities, and is a major feature of its educational programs, with focus on passenger, commercial and military vehicles. CAR also has considerable experience on the subject of hydraulic hybrids and offers a suite of experimental facilities that include hybrid powertrain, electric machine and chassis dynamometer facilities, as well as battery testing, characterization and system integration capabilities. Experimental facilities are complemented by considerable expertise in modeling and simulation, and control system design and integration.

With areas of expertise ranging from modeling, testing, diagnostics, controls and vehicle prototyping, the dedicated researchers at CAR know exactly what it takes to produce a high-performance hybrid vehicle.

Whether in high-level modeling work or building and testing, CAR’s researchers have an exhaustive understanding of the processes behind hybrid development. And with the creation of six—soon to be seven—hybrid vehicles, and numerous other fuel cell and battery electric vehicles, including commercial vehicle demonstrations, CAR researchers have the type of expertise that has great value for industry.

The center collaborates with a number of industry leaders in the area of vehicle electrification and hybridization. Examples of partners and sponsors include General Motors, Ford, Honda of America Inc, U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, National Science Foundation, A123, Venturi Automobiles, Cummins Inc., Parker Hannifin, OshKosh Corporation and Remy Inc.