About Electric Transportation at EPRI
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a key research topic for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). EPRI has been conducting research and development on electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for more than 30 years. EPRI was the first research organization to look at the challenges faced with plug-in hybrid vehicles and the first to analyze the environmental impacts of electric hybrids and other electric vehicles.
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 commercial and industrial electric transportation 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
For more information about EPRI and our extensive research portfolio, visit www.epri.com