University of Toronto Havelaar Electric Vehicle (UTHEV) Research Centre

Who we are

The University of Toronto – Havelaar Electric Vehicle (UTHEV) Research Centre is a university-industry partnership focused on the development of groundbreaking technologies for Electric Vehicles (EVs). UTHEV is led by Prof. Trescases and Prof. Lehn in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering with multi-disciplinary collaborations with professors from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) and the U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). The Havelaar Group, with operations in the Netherlands, China and Canada, is a multinational corporation that has a long term strategic focus on green mobility technologies.

UTHEV is currently deploying state-of-the-art high-power test infrastructure for battery management and power electronics prototype development. UTHEV will establish a global hub for advanced EV research in the heart of Canada’s largest and most innovative city. All companies, faculty members and students with an interest in electric mobility are invited to join and collaborate with UTHEV.

What we do

The core technical focus of UTHEV is on:

Power electronic converters for EV drivetrains. Novel power electronic converters enable the connection of energy sources to the systems and motor of the EV. Thus, they are a crucial component and can have a substantial impact on functionality and range of EVs.

Charging infrastructure. A charging infrastructure is required for the widespread adoption of EVs. This demands development in both charging stations and on-board chargers, which can be leveraged for grid support applications to improve customer value. Furthermore, the battery of the EV can be utilized for active power support on an unprecedented scale.

Energy storage for EVs. Energy storage is a key component to EVs, and advanced development in this area is key to widespread adoption of EVs. Advancing battery pack technology will increase lifetime, and unlock additional capacity without compromising safety.

Autonomous operation of EVs. The electrification of cars provides a natural platform for autonomous vehicle development. Careful integration of autonomous operation can improve EV performance while also improving vehicle safety.

Professor Olivier Trescases
Phone: (416) 978-2274
Office: SF 1020A