Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center
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The Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis, United States, provides technology and policy guidance to the state, helps solve research questions and addresses commercialization issues for PHEVs.1
The Advisory Council members and organizations, as of February 2010, include employees and representatives of:
- California Energy Commission (2 members incl. PHEV Chairmanship)
- Sacramento Municipal Utility District
- Electric Power Research Institute
- Pacific Gas & Electric
- Nissan Motor Company
- Southern California Edison
- South Coast Air Quality Management District
- Department of Energy
- San Diego Gas and Electric
- Ford Motor Company
- General Motors
Research happens in five distinct areas:
- Modeling alternative PHEV designs and battery performance testing
- Impacts of PHEVs on the electrical grid
- Consumers and PHEVs
- Environmental impacts of PHEVs
- Lifecycle costs of PHEVs
The PHEV Center will conduct this research through a coordinated statewide demonstration of PHEVs. The Center plans to begin with hybrid passenger vehicles that have been converted to plug-in hybrids. It will expand its program to include medium-duty trucks, and will encourage the conversion of other passenger vehicle hybrids to broaden scope of study, eventually evolving to dedicated PHEVs made by original equipment manufacturers.
Pioneering inventions in plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology and transmission systems developed at UC Davis have been licensed to Efficient Drivetrains Inc (EDI) of Palo Alto in Silicon Valley.2
- Andrew A. Frank.
- National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
- DoE PHEV R&D Plan.
- Plug-in hybrids in California.
- "UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- UC Davis News & Information :: Plug-in Hybrid Technologies Licensed
- Energy Seminar (2010) at Stanford University: "Consumer Responses to Electric Vehicles"
- Report (2011) to California Energy Commission: "Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Roadmap"
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