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EECS Professor’s Research Team Working to Create Ultra-Fast Electric Vehicle Charger

Picture of a module allowing for development of a 500 kilowatt DC fast charger for electric vehicles, made by WolfspeedDr. Kevin Bai, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and his research team are working with Ford Motor Company and Wolfspeed to design a 1-megawatt ultra-fast charger for electric vehicles. Wolfspeed is the power and radio frequency segment of North Carolina-based Cree, a manufacturer of LED lighting and components.

According to an article on the website Talk, Business & Politics, “The new device is expected to charge electric vehicle batteries in about four minutes, similar to the amount of time one might spend at a gas station and much faster than some of the fastest electric car chargers on the market, such as the Tesla Supercharger, which requires about 30 minutes for a charge.” The project is led by Wolfspeed and sponsored by ARPA-E. Dr. Bai’s research team will provide the control strategy and simulation design for the project.

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