CARET

Centre of Advanced Research in Electrified Transportation

CARET is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary, industry oriented advanced academic research center based at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh UP.  Established and inaugurated in October 2015 by Honorable Vice Chancellor of AMU, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameeruddin Shah, who is also the patron of the center.  The purpose of the center is to promote the state of the art electric mobility research facility, in order to provide the prototype off the shelf R&D products and student talent to the Indian automotive industry. With its unique talent having a blend of industrial and academic R&D expertise with internationally acclaimed advisory board, CARET, being an autonomous body of the Govt. of India, aims to be a driving force to promote, expedite and accomplish Govt. of India’s FAME mission.
The competency of ongoing R&D activities at CARET are in accordance with international standards. CARET is focusing on creative solutions to today’s electric vehicular transportation challenges, from breakthrough in fundamental sciences to emerging sustainable clean technologies that power the lives of the Society. The young team of CARET  researchers comprising of mentors, faculties, research scholars, students and research assistants, aims at transforming the way nations in the world utilize energy.
The Electrified Transportation research program at CARET conducts research and development on vehicular systems and charging infrastructure technologies that enable the use of electricity as a transportation fuel. The program aims to play a leading role in the development of residential and commercial charging infrastructure which are currently at the forefront of automotive industry efforts.
CARET  aims to serves as a focal point of collaboration between the automotive and utilities industries for the advancement of infrastructure standards, vehicle demonstration programs, and advanced charging technologies for plug-in electric vehicles. In addition, further research demonstrates a cost-effective use of battery-run electric vehicles in numerous commercial and industrial settings, serving as the technical foundation for successful, customer-focused utility, as well as charging infrastructure for electric transportation market expansion programs.

Background and Motivation

Electrified Transportation, broadly classified as Electric (EV), Hybrid Electric (HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) systems, are among the emerging applications of electrical engineering principles and techniques to the automotive field. The automotive field seeks to close the gap between automotive industry and electrical engineering. It combines the conceptual design, problem solving skills, hardware in the loop testing and prototype formulation skills of electrical engineering with automotive and mechanical sciences.EVs, HEVs and PHEVs have only recently emerged as its own class of vehicle systems and the automotive OEMs i.e. Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, etc. have developed joint consortium to develop and address the transition of the auto manufacturers’ assembly lines from conventional vehicles to electrified vehicles. Indian OEMs like Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Tata and TVS are also gearing up to inculcate and commercialize the electrified transportation technology in India.Much of the work in Electrified Transportation Systems consists of research and development, spanning a broad array of subfields (listed below).  Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA (IEEE) has launched a dedicated Transaction on Transportation Electrification in 2014. Since 2012 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference (ITEC) is being held in Michigan, USA to promote and advance the research in this area. For the first time, ITEC was also held in Chennai, India in August 2015, sponsored by IEEE, USA and Mahindra, India.In April 2015, the Government of India has recognized Transportation Electrification as a thrust area of research in the recent scenario and launched FAME-India Mission (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) and allocated massive funds toachieve this mission.Proposals are being invited from academic institutions to contribute research in Electrified Transportation area, but no other place has a research centre in the area of Electrified Transportation in India and therefore it is high time to start a research centre inAMU, Aligarh.

 

Ongoing Projects at CARET

🚗 xEVs Design and Prototype Development

🚗 G2V and V2G Charging Schemes

🚗  Wireless xEV charging Station

🚗  xEVs Battery Swapping Station

🚗  Smart Home

🚗  Charging through Drive

🚗  xEVs Smart Charging Strategies

🚗  Microgrids and Smartgrids for xEV charging

🚗  High Voltage xEVs Energy Storage

🚗  Electrified Powertrain Components