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Research on Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles The research under Canada Research Chair Program is focused towards the development of an improved electric drivetrain system for electric and hybrid electric vehicles. An electric vehicle was obtained to enable research on motor design and control, power converter, and battery that are the primary components of an electric vehicle. Data obtained from the experimental testing on this vehicle is helping this program to improve the electric drivetrain of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
Level II and Level III Charging Infrastructure for Electrified Vehicles
Design and development of new motor technology for EV/ HEV
Switched reluctance motors (SRMs) show crucial attributes to some applications where light weight, high temperature adaptability, fault tolerance capability, ruggedness, and simplicity are strongly required. The axial-flux configuration has shown additional features, particularly for the EV application. Research on the design and development of an efficient axial-flux switched reluctance motor (AFSRM) is being conducted employing 2D/3D electromagnetic simulation software at our facility. A new design of axial flux pancake shaped SRM has been proposed in our lab. Several development stages have been completed, and its prototype is built.
Sustainable Charging for Electrified Vehicles
This era of electric mobility where there is consecutive production of commercial electric vehicles (EV) supported by government incentives to procure these vehicles, call for the need to perform research and develop sustainable battery charging technologies to keep up with the rapid growth of demand in electrical power. The aim of this project is to design and develop sustainable, novel and efficient EV charging technologies such as the Level 2 on-board bidirectional fast charging and the strongly coupled resonant magnetic induction (SCRMI) charging through grid interactive and solar photovoltaic power systems.
80 kVA HIL Testing System

Anti-Drunk Driving System for EV/HEV
The Anti-drunk driving Interlock System being developed for Sober Steering Sensors Canada Inc. with the support of AUTO21, integrates invisibly into a steering wheel to prevent drunk driving. Through the natural interaction between a driver’s hands and the steering wheel,  sensors can detect alcohol levels and, if necessary, immobilize the electrified vehicle.
Performance and Testing of Batteries
Battery forms a very critical part of the hybrid electric drive train. Our lab is focused on developing new battery electric models for the analysis of its real-time operation. Models are developed to simulate the battery operation which in turn would help in increasing the charge utilization of battery without sacrificing the efficiency and life. Testing of batteries and the development of a more precise battery management system is also a major area of research in the lab. The lab is currently in talks with battery testing equipment manufacturers for the procurement of state of the art testing facilities.
Development and Testing of advanced Electric Machine Drives
Development of compact, light weight, efficient and high speed motors is crucial for electric and hybrid electric vehicles. CHARGE is introducing drastic modifications in terms of innovative component shapes and designs, and control strategies to improve efficiency, cost and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) while maintaining compact size and light weight for permanent magnet synchronous and switched reluctance motors. Initial motor design is performed in the electromagnet simulation software MagNet, OptiNet and ThermNet. Motor prototypes are being built and tested at our lab facility. This research program is now equipped with one of the best electric motor test facilities in North America.

Director's Message





   Dr. Narayan Kar
   Canada Research Chair, Tier II




Welcome to the Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research & Green Energy (CHARGE) at the University of Windsor . We cover a wide range of research and development areas which include Transportation Electricfication, Wind Power, Solar Energy and Smart Grid Technology. This centre is designed to facilitate graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to engage in R&D activities along side with industry in the above areas and many more. 


Areas of Research

  • Analysis and Design of PMSM for Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles Analysis and Design of PMSM for Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles
    Research on the design of compact, light weight, efficient permanent magnet synchronous AC motor is being conducted employing electromagnetic simulation software at our facility. We have recently acquired a programmable dynamometer system to test the performance of the developed motor. Opal RT-Lab is ued for real-time simulation. Our lab is also equipped with a 21 HP permanent magnet synchronous AC motor.
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Positions Available

PhD 1 - Design and development of high performance axial-flux switched reluctance machines and drives for electric vehicles.

PhD 2 - Design and development of interior permanent magnet synchronous machines and drives for electric vehicles.

PhD 3 - Advanced induction machines and drives for electric vehicles.

PhD 4 - Bi-directional battery chargers with improved power quality for electrified vehicles.

PhD 5 - Grid interaction of renewable energy systems (Wind and Solar PV) with battery back-up.

PhD 6 - Energy management through modeling, simulation and  testing of electric/hybrid electric vehicles.

Post Doctoral Fellow 1 - Should have extensive expertise and experience in 1) electric machine design, analysis and control, and 2) power electronic applications towards machine drives and power systems.

Post Doctoral Fellow 2 - Should have expertise and experience in  batteries, charging and energy managment systems and power electronics applications for electric vehicles.

Candidates are encouraged to apply at nkar-at-uwindsor.ca. Please indicate the position being applied for, in the subject of the email. For example, "PhD 1".


Featured researcher

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  • Aiswarya Balamurali has been working on development of traction motor loss detremination techniques invloving dq axis modeling and controls, finite element analysis and experimentation.

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UWindsor Research Excellence Awardee


We would like to congratulate Mr. Lakshmi Varaha Iyer for earning the prestigious University of Windsor Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for the year 2012-2013. This award is conferred to only two outstanding graduate students in the University every year.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Awardee


We would like to congratulate Ms. Xiaomin Lu for earning the prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarships for the year 2012-2013. She is one of the  90 international students who was awarded this scholarship among all the international graduate students in Ontario.


Ontario Graduate Scholaship Awardee


We would like to congratulate Mr. Bryan Esteban for earning the prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarships for the year 2012-2013.


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Contact Information

Center for Hybrid Automotive Research and Green Energy (CHARGE)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Avenue Windsor
Ontario, Canada - N9B 3P4
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 4792
Fax: (519) 971-3695