FCA Canada has received a 2019 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada "Synergy Award for Innovation" in the “Partnership with a Large Company” category.

The nomination was for a project titled "Electrified Vehicles: The Car of the Future" in partnership with the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, led by Dr. Ali Emadi, who oversees a robust research group at MARC with more than 250 graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral research fellows and engineers. The award highlights FCA and FCA Canada’s commitment, along with its academic partners, to develop next-generation, energy-efficient, high-performance electrified powertrains and vehicle components.

Since 1995, the Synergy Awards for Innovation honour outstanding research and development (R&D) partnerships between a university or a college and industry in natural sciences and engineering. They are judged on the partnership, effective use of resources and tangible benefits to Canada.

“We’re honoured to receive this award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada as it serves as a testament to FCA’s leadership in the development of next-generation electrification and hybrid powertrain systems, as well as emerging technologies that position our company for future growth,” said Tony Mancina, Head of Engineering, FCA Canada. “Our partnership with Dr. Emadi and the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre has been especially rewarding in that we are not only developing future vehicle technologies, we’re also developing future skilled workers in Canada.”

Universities honoured with a Synergy Award receive a $200,000 NSERC research grant. Industrial partners receive a $30,000 voucher valid toward the cash portion of their required contribution for a new Alliance grant, which encourages university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

As a result of FCA’s research partnership with McMaster University that began in 2013, several electrified vehicle powertrain components have been developed in collaboration with Dr. Emadi and his student team. Examples include a high-power inverter prototype, a tractor motor not only designed to FCA specifications, but also with significantly reduced permanent magnet volume, and improved powertrain operation through an optimized drive unit design. Key components of these innovations have been incorporated in the powertrain system of the current Canadian-built, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

In addition, FCA has employed more than 30 McMaster students and post-doctoral trained individuals with this research project in the form of direct hires and interns who work alongside more than 40 dedicated full-time FCA engineers. 

For full press release visit https://media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=22299&mid=193

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