There is an urgent need to change our Australian vehicle design practices to remain competitive for the coming disruption of fully electric vehicles. Life is changing rapidly and to maintain sustainability and quality of life conditions, many cities are beginning to legislate for extended areas to be clean air regions. This will clear these regions of vehicles from Internal Combustion Engines, as well as increase the overall demand for electric vehicles. This change in vehicle will necessitate the investigation of placement of batteries and the effect on overall performance. Enabling this change will need deeper understanding of the structural implications of having new battery configurations.
This project will be conducted with the Ford Motor Company, which retains a significant design, engineering, and testing presence in Australia. Ford Australia is still responsible for the design of global platforms. The chosen student will interact with both local Ford engineers, as well as having regular meetings with the Research and Innovation Centre in Dearborn – Michigan (USA).
This project is only open for Australian domestic students (Australian or NZ citizens or those who have Australian Permanent Residency)
The scholarship is AUD$40,000 p.a. for three years. In addition, the successful applicant will be given the opportunity to undertake a tailored leadership/change management program to increase the applicant's employability skills.
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