Electric Propulsion and Hybrid Vehicles

Electric Propulsion Systems – Future propulsion systems will be largely based on electrical or semi-electrical drive systems for reasons of efficiency, controllability and flexibility. We focus our efforts on the development of radically new efficient propulsion systems based on electrical drivelines and on the reduction in volume and weight of sub-systems. Another important area is the development of new semiconductors and power electronics based on silicon carbide and diamond.

Energy management for electric and hybrid vehicles – User-friendly vehicles running on electricity and biofuel require new strategies for an efficient energy utilization. These strategies must take into account all the new technologies available to the vehicle, as well as the possibility of energy exchange with an electrical grid. Our research includes the study of the habits and needs of a future driver.

Energy storage for mobility – The battery is a key component in all types of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, either as an energy buffer in hybrids or as a primary energy supply in plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Our efforts in this field are directed towards developing cost-effective batteries with higher lifetimes. Even with the most optimistic view of future battery development, alternative sustainable solutions having higher energy densities will still be in demand. Internal combustion engines are the main alternative today but vehicles based on hydrogen fuel cells may be a medium-term possibility. Our research includes the development of new materials for fuel cells and batteries and the study of their life-limiting processes.