The Electric Vehicle Group, which is a member of the Transport and Energy Division, focuses its research activity on the development of new technologies that allow improved energy use. The field of research covers both sustainable transport systems and distributed grids for electricity generation and storage. The Group’s activity jointly coordinates different lines of work such as the development of state-of-the-art electric machines, high power density static converters, control algorithms and storage systems.
A common feature of all the areas of investigation is the high degree of integration among available technologies and the capacity to develop projects with a high technology readiness level (TRL).
The Group's current research lines are geared towards the electric highway transportation sectors, the aerospace sector, marine propulsion and distributed electrical grids.
- Development of high power density and/or torque density electric machines for high and medium speed applications.
- Design of compact static converters that combine wide band gap (WBG) semiconductors and innovative cooling systems.
- Development of electric traction systems that integrate power electronics, electromagnetic actuators and a monitoring phase in applications that require high fault tolerance.
- Design of physical models of complex systems, which allows the energy requirements for electrical transportation systems to be precisely determined.
- Design and implementation of algorithms for electronic control units, which manage the energy flow in electric vehicles.
- Optimizing the integration of electric vehicle fleets and minimizing their impact on the power grid.
- Development of electrostatic storage systems based on supercapacitors for high power density applications.
- Design of control algorithms for smart grids that combine storage and distributed generation.
- Power electronics laboratory with 400 kW of installed power
- 4000V and 45 kW test cells