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Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems

Research

Electrified Vehicle Powertrains

Components and systems for advanced hybrid-electric and electric vehicles, including advanced batteries, traction motors, and power electronics. Automotive fuel cell systems. Packaging and thermal management.

Conventional Powertrains and Alternative Fuels

Mechanical and thermodynamic efficiency improvements in internal combustion engines, high pressure CI fuel systems, alternative fuels (including LNG/CNG), emissions control, engine/power train control systems, integration of conventional powertrains with launch-assist and idle-free operation technologies. Waste heat/power utilization.

Vehicle Systems Optimization

Architecture-level optimization. Advanced materials for structural weight reduction. Loss minimization through reduction of component friction, aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, and thermal losses. Manufacturing technologies for efficient/sustainable vehicles.

Efficient/Sustainable Autonomous Vehicles

Fifth generation (5G) / sixth generation (6G) telematics and emerging powertrain, sensor, and communication technologies for different SAE driver automation levels. Integration of autonomous vehicles into existing ground transportation networks. Reliability and security. Impact of automation on powertrain, running gear and body architectures. Internet of Things (IoT), electromagnetic interference (EMI), antenna.

Transportation Systems and Infrastructure

Infrastructure characterization and optimization of integrated, multi-modal transportation and energy systems for enhanced efficiency and sustainability. Incorporation of ground vehicle efficiency/sustainability considerations into urban planning and decision-making. Plug-in vehicle infrastructure, including charging station technologies and the impact of plug-in vehicles on the electrical grid. Operational conditions (weather, population density, grid characteristics, public policy imperatives, etc.) impacting the deployment of energy efficient vehicles and transportation systems. Internet of Things (IoT), vehicle-grid integration.