Vehicle electrification research projects

Our vehicle electrification suite of projects are split into two main themes – breakthrough battery and advanced electric vehicle & hybrid powertrain – with a focus on advancing lithium air battery, energy management and electric vehicle research in Australia.

Lithium air battery improvements

The lithium air battery improvement project will help us meet increasing demand for renewable energy sources through the development of smaller, longer lasting and more powerful batteries.

Lithium ion battery enhancements

Our lithium air battery enhancement projects help us improve the development of next generation, high energy and high power lithium ion batteries while reducing manufacturing costs and improving safety through world class processes.

Energy management

In the energy management suite of research projects we focus on improving the energy efficiency, performance, sustainability, safety and cost of energy storage, generation and infrastructure technologies supporting a transition to energy efficient transport.

Electric vehicle design and development

In the electric vehicle portfolio of research projects we are pioneering energy efficient vehicle technologies, with a strong focus on public transport, to help shape a more sustainable future.

Alternative Energy for Transport research project

Market intelligence and technology assessment (MITA)

The MITA research will help position Malaysia and Australia as clean vehicle technology leaders in the ASEAN and Australian marketplace. This research will help us discover the critical roles that vehicle technologies, policies, regulations, standards and energy markets play in the success of clean vehicle technology in ASEAN and Australian marketplaces.

Sustainable manufacturing research projects

Our sustainable manufacturing suite of projects are split into two main themes – lightweight structures and advanced coatings – with a focus on advancing composite material development, vehicle occupant comfort and safety, and manufacturing research improvements in Australia.

Composite materials development

In our composite material research portfolio, we help composite manufacturers be globally competitive through the production of leading edge composite material technology, that is environmentally friendly and cost effective.

Vehicle occupant comfort and safety

Our vehicle occupant comfort and safety research focuses on producing innovative solutions that increase safety and deliver a positive and pleasurable vehicle occupant experience.

Manufacturing improvements

Our manufacturing improvements research focuses on delivering process improvements, sustainable solutions and innovation to keep Australian manufacturers  globally competitive. 

Strategic portfolio road mapping

The strategic portfolio road-mapping project uses strategic marketing methodology to help companies create a portfolio of products helping them diversify into new markets and become globally competitive.


THEMEPROJECT TITLESTATUSPARTICIPANTS
Lithium air battery improvementsLithium air battery for electric vehicle CompleteUniversity of Wollongong and Excellerate Australia
Lithium ion battery enhancementsDevelopment of advanced electrode and electrolytes for lithium ion batteries ActiveUniversity of Wollongong, University of Technology, MAI and Excellerate Australia 
Lithium ion battery enhancementsLithium-ion battery material manufacturing scale-up and process optimisationActiveQueensland University of Technology, MAI and Excellerate Australia
Lithium ion battery enhancementsManufacturing processes for new lithium ion battery anode materialsActiveUniversity of Wollongong, Baosteel and Excellerate Australia
Energy managementBattery charge, mechanical and thermal management system development CompleteUniversity of Wollongong, Swinburne University, MAI and Excellerate Australia
Energy managementThermoelectric efficient energy recovery in light and heavy vehiclesActiveUniversity of Wollongong and Excellerate Australia
Energy managementDesign and prototype of on-vehicle battery system for electric vehiclesActiveUniversity of Wollongong, Redarc and Excellerate Australia
Energy managementLithium ion battery module packaging and testing ActiveUniversity of Wollongong, University of Technology Sydney, MAI and Excellerate Australia
Energy managementAutomotive transformation: materials science innovation in Heliostat design and manufactureActivePrecision, UniSA and Excellerate Australia
Electric vehicle design and developmentTransmissions for plug-in vehiclesCompleteUniversity of Technology Sydney, CNERVA and Excellerate Australia
Electric vehicle design and developmentModular electric busActiveSwinburne University, Bustech and Excellerate Australia
Electric vehicle design and development Bus tracking systemsActiveSwinburne University, MAI and Excellerate Australia
Market intelligence and technology assessment (MITA)Market intelligence and technology assessment (MITA) 2025ActiveQueensland University of Technology and Excellerate Australia
Smart coatingsNext generation automotive coatingActiveUniversity of South Australia and Excellerate Australia
Smart coatingsLightweight plastic glazing for the automotive industryCompleteUniversity of South Australia and Excellerate Australia
Composite materials developmentAutomotive composites manufacturing capability and quality – current state assessment outlineCompleteACS Australia, MAI and Excellerate Australia
Composite materials developmentResin systems for high volume composite partsActiveDeakin University and Excellerate Australia
Composite materials developmentHigh volume process to manufacture carbon fibre composite parts for automotive applications CompleteDeakin University and Excellerate Australia
Composite materials developmentKnitted composite seat structuresActiveSwinburne University, Futuris and Excellerate Australia
Composite materials developmentLow cost automotive grade polyacrylonitrile (PAN) based carbon fibres ActiveDeakin University and Excellerate Australia
Composite materials developmentComposite seat structure development ActiveDeakin University, Futuris and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyAdvanced energy absorption ActiveSwinburne University of Technology, Futuris and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyDesign of vehicle frontal protection systems capable of meeting future pedestrian testing requirementsActiveQueensland University of Technology, Toyota and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyPickup bull bar developmentActiveVPAC, SAMMITR and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyDevelopment of a method to predict occupied seat vibration and comfortActiveRMIT, NHK and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyReal time intelligent data mining for squeak and rattle problemActiveSwinburne University of Technology, GM Holden and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyDevelopment of an iPad application for diagnosing vehicle interior noise CompleteRMIT and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyIngress- egress for comfort assessmentCompleteDeakin University, GM Holden and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyKeyless occupant recognition CompleteVPAC, Futuris and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyCharacterisation of the acoustic properties of vehicle interior trims ActiveRMIT, Futuris and Excellerate Australia
Vehicle occupant comfort and safetyDevelopment of metal and polymer hybrid structuresActiveSwinburne University, GM Holden and Excellerate Australia
Manufacturing improvementsRecyclability, recoverability, reusability CompleteVPAC, MAI and Excellerate Australia
Manufacturing improvementsGraphical user interface for arc welding modelCompleteCSIRO, GM Holden and Excellerate Australia
Manufacturing improvementsImplementation of advanced constitutive and failure models based on non-associate flow theory into LS-DYNA™ and PAM STAMP™ CompleteDeakin University and Excellerate Australia
Manufacturing improvementsFluid access and drainage correlation studyCompleteVPAC, GM Holden and Excellerate Australia
Manufacturing improvementsSingle point incremental forming for rapid prototyping ActiveAustralia National University, Futuris and Excellerate Australia
Strategic portfolio road mappingStrategic portfolio road mapping ActiveOuterspace, SAMMITR, RMIT and Excellerate Australia