Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Seminar

Connected and Intelligent Electrification- An Outlook

Ming Kuang, Technical Leader, Vehicle Controls & Architecture Research and Innovation Center, Ford Motor Company

Since its introduction into mass production early 2000, Electrification of personal transportation has helped address dependence on fossil fuels, global climate change and environmental concerns, and is penetrating into the mainstream auto market. With increasingly stringent regulations on vehicle fuel economy and emissions, Electrification is becoming an inevitable means of sustainable personal mobility.

Electrification entails either augmenting conventional powertrains by adding one or more electric motors, or outright replacement of the engine with an electric motor. This reduces fossil fuel consumption, hence emissions, through improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy in vehicles. The improvement in energy efficiency is attained by increasing engine operating efficiency through downsized engine and minimized low-load engine operation, and by recuperating kinetic energy that would otherwise be dissipated as heat during braking through the motor to charge the battery. With pure electric drive propulsion, Electrification completely displaces fossil fuels with electricity and hydrogen for personal transportation. With rapid advancements in communication technologies, the internet of things and artificial intelligence, vehicle connectivity and intelligent controls open another dimension for Electrification to further improve energy efficiency in vehicles and enhance driving experience and safety.

This presentation reviews the key enablers for maximum utilization of Electrification for vehicle energy efficiency, performance and driving experience. It recounts the evolution of vehicle connectivity and discusses its technology today. Finally, the presentation explores the potentials of Electrification offered by vehicle connectivity and intelligent controls to create connected and intelligent vehicles customers want and value today and tomorrow.


Date(s) - 02/10/2017
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

1062 Bainer Classroom


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