Vehicle Electrification Group - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Vehicle Electrification Group

The Vehicle Electrification Group at Carnegie Mellon University was founded by Professor Jeremy Michalek and Professor Jay Whitacre in 2009 to study systems-level issues of hybrid and plug-in vehicles. Research thrust areas include:

  1. Technology: Vehicle, battery, and electric power systems, design, control and optimization
  2. Life-cycle: economic, environmental, and energy security implications
  3. Consumer behavior: technology adoption and driver behavior
  4. Public policy: policy-relevant technical findings and policy analysis

Top News

  • Feb 2016 - Study: Coal retirement needed for EVs to reduce air pollution in US PJM [study]
  • Jan 2016 - Study: For automotive sales forecasts, bias isn't always bad [study]
  • June 2015 - Study: Nissan Leaf creates less CO2 than Prius in west US and Texas, more in N. Midwest [study] [press release]
  • June 2015 - Policy Brief: Electric Vehicle Adoption Potential in the United States [policy brief] [video] [Energy Bite]
  • June 2015 - Policy Brief: Electric Vehicle Benefits and Costs in the United States [policy brief] [video] [Energy Bite]
  • Apr 2015 - Study: Charging at night can cause more harm than good [study].
  • Feb 2015 - Study: EV range, efficiency better in mild weather regions [study] [press release] [Science Magazine] [podcast].
  • Feb 2015 - Study: China may adopt EVs first [study] [press release] [podcast].
  • Oct 2014 - Study: Big factories won't make EV batteries cheap [study] [press release].
  • Dec 2013 - Study: EVs cheaper to charge if electricity providers control charging speed [study] [press release] [NYTimes].
  • Nov 2013 - Study: EV adoption limited by residential parking [study] [press release] [NYTimes].
  • July 2013 - Opinion: Vehicle electrification strategy in Carnegie Mellon Today [article].
  • June 2013 - Study: Hybrid & electric vehicles better for city drivers [study] [press release].
  • Jan 2013 - Interview: Prof. Michalek interviewed in The Daily Beast about hybrid and electric vehicles [interview].
  • Jan 2013 - Study: Public charging infrastructure expensive way to save gasoline [study] [press release].
  • Oct 2012 - Study: Three studies optimize plug-in vehicle fleets for minimium cost & GHGs [study 1] [study 2] [study 3]
  • Sept 2011 - Study: Small-battery plug-in hybrids offer more benefits [study] [policy brief] [press release] [magazine article].


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