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:
- Technology: Vehicle, battery, and electric power systems, design, control and optimization
- Life-cycle: economic, environmental, and energy security implications
- Consumer behavior: technology adoption and driver behavior
- Public policy: policy-relevant technical findings and policy analysis
- EV batteries degrade faster in hot weather, aggressive driving [study]
- Battery experts see incremental engineering driving near term costs down, not breakthrough technology [study]
- Big factories won't make EV batteries cheap [study] [press release].
- EV range, efficiency better in mild weather regions [study] [press release] [Science Magazine] [podcast].
- EVs cheaper to charge if electricity providers control charging speed [study] [press release] [NYTimes].
- Three studies optimize plug-in vehicle fleets for minimium cost & GHGs [study 1] [study 2] [study 3]
- Electric versus gasoline: carbon footprint varies regionally [study] [press release]
- Coal retirement needed for EVs to reduce air pollution in US PJM [study] [press release] [Energy Bite]
- Charging EVs at night can cause more harm than good [study 1] [study 2] [study 3] [press release] [Energy Bite]
- Nissan Leaf creates less CO2 than Prius in west US and Texas, more in N. Midwest [study] [press release]
- Small-battery plug-in hybrids offer more benefits [study] [policy brief] [press release] [magazine article].
- 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].
- Problems with the rollback of federal car and light truck fuel economy standards [op-ed] [public comment]
- US alt fuel vehicle adoption triggers higher-emitting fleets [study] [press release]
- Public charging infrastructure expensive way to save gasoline [study] [press release].