Carnegie Mellon University

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 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 Findings


Life Cycle

Consumer Behavior

  • Vehicle sales predictions hinge on how vehicle designs options are represented [study]
  • Combining sales & survey data can improve understanding of vehicle purchase behavior, under the right conditions [study]
  • For automotive sales forecasts, bias isn't always bad [study]
  • China may adopt EVs first [study] [press release] [podcast].

Public Policy


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