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

  • Drivers shed vehicles when Uber and Lyft arrive (on average, in U.S. states) [study]
  • Drivers may be willing to try other fuels, pay for climate benefits [study]
  • China may adopt EVs first [study] [press release] [podcast]
  • Limited residential parking a barrier to widespread EV adoption [study] [press release]
  • Vehicle sales predictions hinge on how alternatives 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]

Public Policy

  • State zero-emissions vehicle mandates increase GHG emissions due to features in federal standards [study]
  • Problems with the rollback of federal car and light truck fuel economy standards [op-ed] [public comment]
  • US alternative fuel vehicle adoption triggers higher-emitting fleets [study] [press release]
  • Public charging infrastructure an expensive way to save gasoline [study] [press release].


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