Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Milestones
Over the years, the PHEV program has achieved a number of milestones. For example in:
2011: EPRI will initiate field testing of 60 early production GM Volts to assess on-road performance and customer satisfaction.
2011: January - EPRI and Tennessee Valley Authority unveiled a prototype solar-assisted electric vehicle charging with battery storage at EPRI’s Knoxville location. It is the first of four such stations in Tennessee.
2011: EPRI unveils multi-year a smart charging demonstration that will facilitate charging during off-peak and low-demand periods.
2010: EPRI leads National Electric Transportation Infrastructure Working Council’s efforts to establish charging standards and protocols that would facilitate integrating electric vehicles into the transportation sector.
2010: EPRI releases a study of consumer expectations of utilities and infrastructure requirements to meet charging demands.
2010: EPRI works with utilities to develop readiness plans for adoption of electric vehicles.
2009: EPRI and Ford announce delivery of eight PHEV Escape vehicles for three-year field tests by utilities.
2008: EPRI forms collaborative partnership with Ford Motor Company and 15 leading utilities to test a demonstration fleet of 20 prototype PHEVs.
2008: EPRI forms collaborative partnership with General Motors (GM) and over 40 U.S. and international utilities.
2007: EPRI publishes first nationwide assessment of the air quality and greenhouse gas impacts of PHEVs -- joint study with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
2005: EPRI and utilities kick off major effort to develop and commercialize plug-in hybrid technology for utility trouble trucks, shuttle vans, and other medium-duty commercial vehicles.
2004: EPRI initiates first public long-term durability testing of advanced lithium ion (Li Ion) and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery systems for PHEVs. EPRI long-term test results were the first published indicators of sufficient cycle life to support PHEV applications.
2003: Initiated PHEV Sprinter Van Program with DaimlerChrysler. This was the first utility-automaker collaboration to develop and demonstrate PHEV technology in utility and public fleets.
1999 - 2001: Conducted and published first comprehensive, multi-stakeholder study of the benefits and impacts of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
2000: EPRI advances the concept of plug-in hybrid technology, an electric drive vehicle equipped with an internal-combustion engine.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Program
The Institute’s PHEV research programs address key industry issues such as:
- What is the environmental and economic value of plug-in hybrid vehicles?
- What impact will PHEVs have on the electric infrastructure?
- What is the best way to facilitate collaboration between utilities and auto manufacturers?
EPRI is conducting more than 30 projects that can help utilities and auto manufacturers with vehicle and infrastructure technologies that enable the use of electricity as a transportation fuel. Among other things, these projects are delivering:
- National and regional grid impact assessments
- Advanced PHEV design and technology approaches for vehicle manufacturers that will optimize electric drive efficiency and reduce cost
- Developments and demonstrations of electric vehicle and PHEV technology in airport, seaport, and other non-road applications
- Battery system testing and development, modeling, simulation and cost assessment for both mature and emerging advanced battery technologies
- Development and testing of vehicle, battery and on-board communication systems to support and enable electric vehicle and grid connectivity
- Developments and evaluations of different communication pathways between electric transportation and charging infrastructures
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Director, Electric Transportation and Energy Storage