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Title Thermal Management System Technology Development for Extended Range Electric Vehicles
Grant holder Gregor Rohrauer, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
University University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Industrial partner General Motors of Canada
Amount $1,193,786 over four years
Project summary Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREVs) represent a promising new era in automotive transportation. However, EREVs are challenged by the inherent lack of energy efficiency of the heating and cooling systems and their costs. Thermal management systems are electrically powered and vehicle range is reduced when the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system is operating. In addition, battery thermal management is critical to the long-term cyclic durability of the battery system. Accordingly, it is important to develop new approaches that minimize the HVAC energy requirements, reduce cost and control battery thermal environment over the widest range of external conditions.
This research project will advance the technology of interlinked thermal management systems (HVAC) and powertrain cooling (PTC) for the next generation of EREVs. It will build upon experience gained from the landmark first generation EREV, the Chevrolet Volt, in the areas of performance and durability, cost and efficiency of the thermal management loops, all of which are precursors to widespread commercialization.