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PHEV Research Center

The Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis, United States, provides technology and policy guidance to the state, helps solve research questions and addresses commercialization issues for PHEVs.[1]

It was launched in 2007 with funding from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council members and organizations, as of February 2010, include employees and representatives of:


Research happens in five distinct areas:

  • Modeling alternative PHEV designs and battery performance testing
  • Impacts of PHEVs on the electrical grid
  • Consumers and PHEVs
  • Environmental impacts of PHEVs
  • Lifecycle costs of PHEVs

The PHEV Center will conduct this research through a coordinated statewide demonstration of PHEVs. The Center plans to begin with hybrid passenger vehicles that have been converted to plug-in hybrids. It will expand its program to include medium-duty trucks, and will encourage the conversion of other passenger vehicle hybrids to broaden scope of study, eventually evolving to dedicated PHEVs made by original equipment manufacturers.

UC Davis InnovationAccess

Pioneering inventions in plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology and transmission systems developed at UC Davis have been licensed to Efficient Drivetrains Inc (EDI) of Palo Alto in Silicon Valley.[2]

See also


External links

  • Consumer Responses to Electric Vehicles - Energy Seminar at Stanford University 14april2010
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Roadmap - report to California Energy Commission June 2011

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