Vehicles

EPRI was the first research organization to look at the challenges faced with plug-in electric vehicles. Together with the Natural Resources Defense Council, EPRI conducted a milestone assessment to analyze the environmental impacts of electric transportation in the United States.

EPRI Milestones

Year Milestone
2011 EPRI will initiate field testing of 60 early production GM Volts to assess on-road performance and customer satisfaction.
2011 EPRI and Tennessee Valley Authority in January unveiled a prototype solar-assisted electric vehicle charging with battery storage at its Knoxville Research Laboratory. 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.

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