The Advanced Vehicles and Infrastructure team provides research results and benchmark data to validate the performance of advanced vehicles and fueling infrastructure in a variety of applications and environments. The work of the team can be used to improve modeling for vehicle technologies. Industry and academia use the work to further their research and development.
Birmingham Regional Transportation Energy Efficiency and Smart City Roadmap
August 2017 - Transportation is undergoing a revolutionary change as new technologies are quickly emerging to dramatically alter the way people and goods are transported, leading to increased mobility options, greater efficiencies, and lower emissions. In addition, the nation’s metropolitan areas are on the cusp of major changes as the power of information technology greatly expands and enables unified communication systems and better integration of city-wide functions, including energy use, transportation, and other services. Transportation is the lifeblood of metropolitan areas and a major factor in development of smart cities. Transportation is fundamental to dramatically increasing efficiencies, reducing or eliminating emissions, and potentially providing grid and building services. Synergistic integration of transportation energy efficiency technologies is essential for optimal smart city evolution.
Considerations for Corridor and Community DC Fast Charging Complex System Design
May 2017 - This report focuses on direct current fast charger (DCFC) systems and how they can be deployed to provide convenient charging for PEV drivers. First, lessons learned from previous DCFC deployment and data collection activities are shared to describe consumer experience with DCFC systems to date. Second, considerations and criteria are established for designing and upgrading DCFC complexes that provide fast-charging opportunities for PEV drivers in urban communities and on rural corridors. Third, cost estimates are shared for hypothetical high-power DCFC complexes that meet simplified design requirements. Finally, results for a business case analysis are presented that shed light on the financial challenges associated with DCFCs.