Maplesoft involved in partnership for electric vehicle development

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Maplesoft has announced a five-year, $10.5m partnership between itself, General Motors of Canada and a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Waterloo, aiming to address the challenges of next generation electric vehicles. Through model-based design and prototype testing, the team will investigate crucial technologies for achieving more widespread use of electric vehicles.

'Vehicle electrification is a key pillar of our energy diversification strategy,' said Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada. 'Building on our leading R&D commitments in Canada, this project better positions us to exceed customers’ expectations with respect to the performance, safety, and sustainability of our electric vehicle technologies.'

The research is being supported by the Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as the lead agency. APC is contributing $3.6m, in addition to $2.5m from the Ontario Research Fund.

'We’re very excited about the APC project,' added Dr. Tom Lee, Maplesoft’s vice-president, engineering applications. 'This project will result in powerful new software tools that will speed up the design and analysis of electric vehicles.'

The development and validation of key enabling technologies such as vehicle stability control, power management systems, and battery monitoring and charging devices will be important focus areas for the research team, led by Dr Amir Khajepour from the University of Waterloo. Importantly, the technologies originating from Waterloo will also be tested by GM vehicle development teams. Engaging the research team in the vehicle development process will provide them with a unique opportunity to gain insight into bringing new technology concepts to market, and help transform the research findings into a truly integrated technological solution.

Maplesoft will incorporate the researchers’ innovative ideas into new design tools that GM’s staff can apply during their routine engineering work. Maplesoft is particularly interested in using its modelling capabilities to help improve the batteries deployed in electric vehicles.