Connected and Autonomous Systems for Electrified Vehicles (CASE-V)

The development of automobiles is a crucial factor in determining the improvement of civilization and the stimulation of social progress. Many people directly work in the automotive industry or in related domains.

Mechanical interior of a vehicle

Currently, with the number of vehicles entered in human daily life, is increased air pollution, and climate change due to emission from internal combustion engines (ICE), used to their propulsion. Manufactory takes hybridization in to account reducing the tailpipe emission and limited petroleum reserves. A sign for this process is the hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) which have been commercialized to significantly improve the fuel economy of vehicles. Therefore, it is very meaningful to study how to maximize the advantages of hybrid systems. Our research group have been studying energy management issues in determining the optimal power share between multiple sources in a hybrid system and optimizing engine calibration after obtains signal from the controller to make the engine more efficient.

The research centre has registered fixed assets worth 2.2 million pounds and has 12 independent testing laboratories equipped with industrial-grade test system equipment such as ETAS, AVL, NI, SIERRA and Pi Innovo. The center has long been cooperating with the world's top industrial partners such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Shell Petrochemical, and Ma brand tires. This place can perform engine calibration, fuel component testing, rapid control prototyping, hardware in the loop testing, open source controller development, and R&D and testing of tire dynamics testing. The research centre undertakes longitudinal research fund projects from the UK, EU and China, such as EPSRC, Innovate UK, Horizon 2020, China Natural Science Foundation, etc., and the total longitudinal research funding exceeds £10,000,000.