Clean Transportation

Monday, January 11, 2016

Huei Peng has been named director of U-M's Mobility Transformation Center, an interdisciplinary research unit of the U-M Office of Research, and Carrie Morton has been appointed deputy director of the MTC.

Peng is the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and he has served as associate director of MTC since its launch in 2013. His research focuses on the design and control of electrified vehicles, and connected and automated vehicles.

Jan
11
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Please join the Department of Materials Science in welcoming guest speaker Professor Dario R. Dekel, who will talk about Alkaline Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Consumers feel their home energy costs would have to more than double before they had to use less or reduce other expenses to compensate, according to a new index created by the University of Michigan's Energy Institute and released today. The university's energy affordability indices are modeled on U-M's Survey of Consumers, and like their progenitor, the surveys ask questions of consumers about how much their own bills for things like gasoline, electricity, and home heating would have to rise before they became unaffordable. The energy surveys, which canvassed 3,400 Americans over two years, found that throughout the survey period, even consumers in the lower third of the income scale would have to see their home energy costs double before costs broke the bank. The survey also looked at gasoline prices and found that consumers would not find it unaffordable to fill their tanks unless pump prices more than doubled to $5.50 a gallon.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Two new Department of Energy grants that total $5.4 million will let University of Michigan engineering researchers work on “transformational” engine and battery projects. Their efforts could lead to efficiency gains in cars and trucks, the electrical grid, and beyond. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Could vehicles that communicate with each other and their surroundings, helping drivers avoid crashes, also save energy?

The University of Michigan is working with two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories to study whether connected and automated vehicles could help people drive more efficiently. U-M, with Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory, won a three-year, $2.7 million grant from DOE to fund the research.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Wars over EPA Renewable Fuel Standard heat up

Fox News, feat. John DeCicco

“It would be better if the Renewable Fuel Standard were simply repealed,” argues John DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute and a former senior fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Oct
28
(All day)

Held in the heart of the nation's automotive industry, leading researchers and members of the automotive, energy, and regulatory communities debate key transportation fuel-economy and emissions issues in the current economic and policy landscape.

Monday, October 26, 2015

-We’ll be livestreaming the Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment Conference, beginning at 12:45 PM, at the following link: www.ustream.tv/russellvideo 

-Follow along with the event using the #te3 hashtag on Twitter or by following the @MichEnergy Twitter account.

-Get full info on speakers, agenda and more at www.te3conference.com.  

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In one of the closest World Solar Challenges in the history of the 1,800-mile sun-powered auto race, the University of Michigan was the first American team to cross the finish line today. 

The sleek maize and blue "Aurum," which students designed and built, took fourth place overall out of 29 teams in its class. Michigan hung onto third until the last 30 miles. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

The light-duty vehicle fleet is expected to undergo substantial technological changes over the next several decades. New powertrain designs, alternative fuels, advanced materials and significant changes to the vehicle body are being driven by increasingly stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards. By the end of the next decade, cars and light-duty trucks will be more fuel efficient, weigh less, emit less air pollutants, have more safety features, and will be more expensive to purchase relative to current vehicles. Though the gasoline-powered spark ignition engine will continue to be the dominant powertrain configuration even through 2030, such vehicles will be equipped with advanced technologies, materials, electronics and controls, and aerodynamics. And by 2030, the deployment of alternative methods to propel and fuel vehicles and alternative modes of transportation, including autonomous vehicles, will be well underway. What are these new technologies - how will they work, and will some technologies be more effective than others?

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