Electric Drive Vehicles (EDV) provide an alternative to conventional transportation vehicles with advantages in energy efficiency and environmental benefit. The newly established CEDT will concentrate on researches aimed at finding innovative solutions to the challenges in EDV developments. It serves as a platform for the integration of research and development in EDV technologies and the curriculum of the graduate programs. Its primary objective is to enhance the graduate curriculum in ASE with updated EDV technologies and to integrate faculty researches with the graduate programs. The center will provide an effective environment for the training of automotive engineers who are readily capable of applying advanced technologies in the workplace for the design, development and marketing of energy efficient vehicles for daily transportation.
Specifically, concentration in Electric Drive Transportation in MS and Ph.D program in Automotive Systems Engineering will be established in out Center. We will also develop 7 new courses and a series of short courses in Electric Drive Vehicles. 5 graduate fellowships will be offered per year. What's more, an Industry Consortium will be established on Electric Drive Vehicles.