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ECE Alumni Connections: Reception & Research Talk 2021

November 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Once again we are taking our annual alumni event online. Graduates from all years are invited to the ECE Alumni Connections: Reception & Research Talk to hear Professor Olivier Trescases discuss his research.

Professor Olivier Trescases

“Pedal to the Metal: The Acceleration towards an Electric Vehicle Future 

The planes, trains and automobiles of the future will be (mostly) electric! Join us to hear ECE Professor Olivier Trescases talk about the challenges and opportunities as electric vehicles go mainstream and how researchers in ECE are developing the electric vehicle technologies of tomorrow.

Technology transitions often start slowly then happen all at once. Electric cars, e-bikes, e-buses, electric aircraft — in the last 10 years, electric transportation has been growing in all sectors, with global electric vehicle (EV) stock exceeding 10 million units in 2020.

Today, innovation and adoption of EV technology are at an inflection point. All major vehicle manufacturers are now on board with the electric revolution (after decades of hesitancy). The COP26 climate summit has confirmed that most G20 governments consider the rapid transition to EVs a core tenet of their net-zero emissions road map.

As with any seismic technology shift, the EV transition comes with challenges: charging infrastructure, battery aging, cold-climate operation and range anxiety, for example, as well as research talent and training shortages. All contribute to the most critical challenge: mainstream acceptance.

Professor Olivier Trescases from The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) will address those challenges along with R&D opportunities and common misconceptions in the rapidly evolving EV space. He will take a look at recent data — including a unique e-bus trial in Saskatoon where temperatures ranged from -40 Celsius to +40 Celsius — and also highlight the engineering innovations at the U of T Electric Vehicle Research Centre and within the burgeoning Canadian EV ecosystem.

Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
Registration: uoft.me/ece-rsvp
(once you register, a Zoom link will be automatically emailed to you)




November 25
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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