Join us on 24th February to hear one of the IET Control and Automation Doctoral Award applicants for 2021 talk about ''Crash safety of electric vehicles'

An increasing number of EVs are now flooding into our daily life, and this draws much attention from not only the professionals working in the relevant fields but also the ordinary consumers. At present, one of the most highlighted concerns is the EV safety problem. It is reported that EV accidents have killed hundreds of people over the past 10 years. Safety issues of EVs are closely related to millions of consumers' personal safety and they are important factors restricting the development of EVs. Now, ‘without safety, no future for EVs’ has become the general industry consensus [10]. Hence, to thoroughly improve the intrinsic safety of EVs is a prerequisite for their promotions. Crash is the most crucial factor that contributes to road casualties, so crash safety is one of the top concerns for EVs at present. Is it possible to attain a satisfying EV safety level which is no worse than the traditional ICE cars? 

Speaker - Chao Gong

Chao Gong is a PhD student at the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of York. His research interest is safety of high-voltage powertrain based electric vehicles.

The charm of electric vehicles has been inspiring him to learn more about them. As a high-tech product, the engineering technologies involved in electric vehicles are undoubtedly complicated and only by pursuing a higher-level study in electric vehicle engineering can he get closer to them. He believes pursuing an engineering-related PhD could enrich his knowledge and technical skills to engineer a better world with sustainable transportation. 

During his doctoral research, Chao developed reliable winding-based DC-bus capacitor-discharge techniques to prevent occupants in electric vehicles from electric shock in post-crash conditions. The proposed technologies also have the advantages of fast discharge and low cost. In this research, he is positive to share the findings in the form of publications and conference posters, which are highly recognised by peer scholars.

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