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Canadian automotive R&D gets $52M boost from feds, industry

Almost half of allotted funding heading to McMaster University for three research projects

HAMILTON, Ont.—More than $52-million is being invested in a handful of Canadian university-led research and development initiatives in the automotive industry.

Announced at McMaster University’s Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), the funding will go to 10 academic-industry R&D partnerships aimed at advancing the future of Canada’s automotive sector.

“Our government is investing in automotive research and development to bring greener, better-performing vehicles on the road to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” Minister of State Greg Rickford, who announced the funding, said in a statement.

The federal government is contributing $30-million in funding throught the Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) initiative, while the remaining $22-million will come from industry “and other partners.”

“(APC) builds research capacity, drives innovation and increases the competitiveness of our industries,” Rickford continued. “In light of our government’s recent trade agreement with Europe, (this) announcement allows Canada’s knowledge and know-how to be shared with even more people and businesses from around the world and provides us with even greater opportunity for growth.”

Hamilton, Ont.’s McMaster will receive approximately $24.2-million of the allotted funding for three projects that will result in more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly cars.

The first project, led by Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain, Dr. Ali Emadi, will look at developing the next generation of electrified powertrains and components that are low-cost, reliable, high-performance, efficient and scalable for electric and hybrid cars.

The second project will evaluate and develop technologies to re-design aluminum and magnesium alloys in the manufacturing process, while the third will examine the potential societal and economic impacts associated with the adoption of electric cars in Canada.

“We at McMaster are truly excited by the opportunities this funding creates,” McMaster president Patrick Deane said.

“It allows our researchers to focus on developing the automotive technology that will enable more sustainable, efficient and safe travel, as well as promote greater economic stability.”

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