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Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems (EV-STS)

Arizona State University

University of Alabama

University of Louisville

University of Texas at Austin

Last Reviewed: 03/31/2017

Center Mission and Rationale

The NSF Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems (EV-STS) is a multi-discipline, multi-university research organization dedicated bridging the traditional gaps between both academia and industry, and the private sector and public sector, for the purpose of conducting research that dramatically improves the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of ground vehicles.

Research program

Electrified Vehicle Powertrains (EVP)

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. Well-to-wheel energy use/emissions.

Conventional Powertrains/Alternative Fuels (CPF)

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

Vehicle Systems Optimization (VSO)

Architecture-level optimization. Mass reduction. Loss minimization (com­ponent friction reduction, aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, thermal management). Efficient/sustainable autonomous vehicles (telematics, 5g / communications, sensors, software, etc.). Operator assistance and automatic control of motorized construction equipment for enhanced energy-efficiency.

Transportation Systems and Infrastructure (TSI)

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.

Locations

University of Louisville

300 E. Market Street, Suite 300

Louisville, Kentucky, 40202-1959

United States

University of Alabama

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487

United States

205-348-7268

Arizona State University

School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Tempe, Arizona, 85287

United States

480-965-4455

University of Texas at Austin

Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin, Texas, 78712

United States