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NRC researches, engineers and tests a variety of vehicles, materials and fuel technologies to keep Canadian surface traffic flowing and improve the safety of the country's roads and bridges.

Learn more about NRC's automotive solutions.

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Narrator: Whether it's freedom machines, or just moving stuff from A to B, Canadians love automobiles.

Our demand has pushed the automotive industry to become the biggest manufacturing sector in the country.

When auto makers and suppliers need to be more competitive, they engage part of the world class expertise at the National Research Council of Canada.

A key research area is the development of alternative propulsion technology. To reduce oil consumption and C02 emissions, NRC is collaborating with industry to develop electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and bio fuel. NRC laboratories are discovering how to increase the durability and reliability of advanced batteries and fuel cells, while decreasing manufacturing costs.

NRC is researching polymers and composites that use both synthetic and natural fibres for auto parts. Tougher gears and brake components are being formed using powder metallurgy. Improved coatings to protect automotive equipment and tooling are developed and rigorously tested.

Software and simulation tools that improve design and control are transferred to industry. The result is better quality parts.

NRC Aluminium Technology Centre /Saguenay, Quebec - Breakthrough research at NRC labs is creating the next generation of lighter metals for auto makers. Using an innovative semi-solid aluminium process is very practical for the die-cast of parts at high production rates.

NRC has an array of wind tunnels to test vehicle aerodynamics. These studies increase fuel efficiency, improve stability and reduce wind noise.

What's next? NRC scientists are working in concert with industry to design intelligent cars. They have sensors to help drivers avoid collisions and optimize maintenance.

Joseph Varghese, Business Advisor NRC Automotive Sector: At NRC we're helping to build the cars of the future. It's a great environment, great scientists, great facilities, and we fit a need within the Canadian automotive industry. They come to us and we connect them to much needed capabilities.

Narrator: National Research Council Canada helps Canadian business grow.

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