The University of Michigan
Funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy,  the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, and by U.S. and China Industrial Partners
U.S. - China Clean Energy Research Center Clean Vehicle Research Consortium
  • Advanced Batteries and Energy Conversion

    Advanced Batteries and Energy Conversion

    Current battery technologies exhibit limited cycle life and low specific energy densities. Mechanisms responsible for degradation in Li-ion batteries, and for low efficiencies in advanced battery chemistries, remain poorly understood.

  • Advanced Biofuels, Clean Combustion and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)

    Advanced Biofuels, Clean Combustion and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)

    Land and other resource constraints currently limit the portion of transportation energy that can be derived from biofuels.

  • Vehicle Electrification

    Vehicle Electrification

    To support aggressive vehicle electrification, electrical systems and devices will have to achieve higher conversion efficiencies and power/energy densities than are currently possible.

  • Advanced Lightweight Materials and Structures

    Advanced Lightweight Materials and Structures

    Due to the limitations in individual materials with respect to crash performance, affordability and manufacturability, most analyses conclude that a multi-material approach will dominate future vehicle structure design.

  • Vehicle-Grid Integration

    Vehicle-Grid Integration

    As adoption of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs), grows, the power drawn by charging loads may create localized problems for distribution networks, including overloads, voltage profile degradation, and unbalance.

  • Energy Systems Analysis, Technology Roadmaps and Policy

    Energy Systems Analysis, Technology Roadmaps and Policy

    The combinations of possible technology pathways and fueling strategies to address the fuel economy and GHG challenges are immense.

Clean Vehicles Summary

As the world’s largest automobile markets, the United States and China lead the world in oil consumption, importing more than half the petroleum they consume. The CERC-Clean Vehicles Consortium seeks to reduce this oil consumption by supporting the joint research of the nations’ leading experts in clean vehicle technologies. The University of Michigan’s Prof. Huei Peng and Tsinghua University’s Prof. Minggao Ouyang lead this effort.

The $50 million CERC Clean Vehicles Consortium, sponsored in part by the U.S Department of Energy and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, leverages the expertise of engineering, natural science, and the social science thought leaders. With partners from academia, national laboratories and industry, this coalition is uniquely positioned to develop global solutions to the challenges of creating next generation clean vehicles and the policies that support them.