At the forefront of this competition are plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. Responding to the needs of a growing population of energy-conscious consumers, plug-in vehicles are expected to become one of the main forms of transportation in Canada and across the globe by 2030.
One of the keys to engineering the next generation of hybrid electric cars will be improving their powertrain, which transmits propulsion power. Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Ali Emadi is at the leading edge of new developments in transportation electrification, including advanced electrified powertrains; the vehicle-to-grid interface of plug-in vehicles with Smart Grid technology; powertrain components; hybrid battery/super-capacitor energy storage systems; and adaptive vehicle control and power management systems.
Emadi's research provides solutions for industry and environmental policy-makers alike: it meets the current demands of the automotive sector and will further the growth of Canada's economy, while maintaining a strong position for the future of Canada's green technology industry.
A rising star in his field, Emadi's work has already had exceptional impact. His experience and knowledge aligns well with the existing engineering expertise at McMaster University, where hybrid automobile research and development is already heavily supported.