The widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has come into greater focus as governments across the globe develop new policies to achieve net-zero emissions goals by 2050. The transition to EVs in the automotive sector is being called the largest technology shift in over 100 years.

In Canada, the federal government has set a zero-emissions vehicle sales target by 2035, which will require all new cars, trucks and SUVs to be battery operated.   

To meet this demand, the EV industry will require a workforce that can advance all facets of electrification technology, from vehicle design to charging technologies to battery capacity and thermal management of power systems. This work is multidisciplinary, spanning across mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial, computer and material science engineering.  

This fall, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering will launch a new Electric Vehicle Design certificate for undergraduate students. The program aims to prepare the next generation of electric vehicle (EV) engineers for professional and research opportunities in the growing industry. 

EVs have tremendous potential to improve local and global climates, which fits right in with our faculty’s broader goals of sustainability and environmental considerations,” says Professor Dionne Aleman, Associate Dean of Cross-Disciplinary Programs at U of T Engineering.  

From battery design to sustainability to infrastructure, engineering is a big part of advancing EV technology. We want engineering students to be able to hit the ground running in this exciting and growing field if they want careers in electrification.”  

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The new certificate will provide an opportunity for students to learn about EVs within the context of engineering applications and expand their understanding of the technical and environmental implications of engineering in EV design.

All undergraduate engineering students are eligible to participate in this certificate program. Students who complete the requirements of the certificate will receive a notation on their transcript upon graduation.

For further information about prerequisites and course curriculum, click here.

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