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The federal government and GM of Canada grant more than $ 2.6 million has UOIT

The financial assistance received will be used to improve research on electric vehicles has prolonged autonomy.

The department of research on electric vehicles of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) has received today a substantial financial aid: Within the Automotive Partnership Canada (APC), the Minister of Industry, Tony Clement announces $ 1.2 million to improve the technologies specific to electric vehicles has prolonged autonomy. This is the first research project to be created under the CAP.

Funding for this project includes $ 763,340 from the Research Council Natural Sciences and Engineering Canada (NSERC), as well as $ 430,446 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). General Motors of Canada, in partnership with industry, would grant a subsidy of $ 1.4 million, which includes a donation in cash and in-kind support, including the allocation of materials and resources throughout the duration of the project . The total grant will be $ 2.6 million.

"This is an important day for UOIT" stated Dr. Ronald Bordessa, president of UOIT. "This financial assistance, which is in addition to funding received last year infrastructure is an important investment in our future. It will allow us to take the lead in forming the next generation automotive engineers who have the skills required to design the cars of the future. Our researchers with expertise on an international scale are already at work in projects aimed at improving the company; This financial assistance will enable them to revolutionize the automotive industry. "

The financial assistance granted to Dr. Greg Rohrauer, assistant professor at the faculty of engineering and applied sciences UOIT, and his colleagues will be devoted to research aimed at improving the operation of HVAC systems, among others by improving the technology for thermal management systems in order to extend battery life and battery charging of electric cars. The reduction of costs related to the HVAC systems and the improvement of the performance of these enable us to commercialize this technology on a large scale.

"The electric cars will contribute to prolonged autonomy significant way reduce the emissions of greenhouse gas emissions," according to Dr. Greg Rohrauer. "On behalf of my colleagues, I wish to thank NSERC, CFI and GM of Canada to allow us to realize our project. We are pleased to collaborate with the GM team in this project, and this collaboration will allow us to take the lead in the field of automotive innovation. "

Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) is an initiative with a budget of $ 145 million will promote the realization of important research projects and cooperative development for the Canadian automotive industry.

"GM Canada is pleased to collaborate with researchers and students from UOIT, in order to develop innovative technologies for electric vehicles has prolonged autonomy," says Neil Macdonald, vice-president of public affairs for GM Canada. "As is the case for the Chevrolet Volt, this technology is the new era of the automobile. "

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