Vehicles and Transportation

Friday, October 02, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The opening of the University of Michigan Energy Institute's Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, or Battery Lab, today further expands the Midwest's rapidly growing battery research and manufacturing capabilities.

The open-access lab will provide space to build and test battery concepts while fully protecting the intellectual property of its users. The lab's capabilities have already attracted global user interest from startups, established corporations and academics.

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.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The German carmaker has admitted fitting as many as 11 million diesel cars with software that detected when a test was being run and altered the engine performance so it would pass. The company has suspended sales of those vehicles and CEO Martin Winterkorn quit as investigators from Washington to Berlin have promised to punish those responsible.

"This is a warning that the regulators can never afford to let down their guard," said John DeCicco, a researcher who worked on overhauling EPA test procedures in the 1990s. "They can't just accept lab results."

Friday, September 25, 2015

A readiness test: What if oil spewed into the Great Lakes?
Detroit Free Press

Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge, the U.S. Coast Guard and several other federal, state and local agencies took to the waters of the Great Lakes Thursday in boats big and small, testing their preparedness and capabilities to contain what many consider as the worst of nightmare scenarios for the Great Lakes: a leak in Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Huei Peng, of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Engineering, effective this month.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A new piece on Energy Institute Research Professor John DeCicco's blog, Cars and Climate, explores the flow of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dioxide during the life cycle of biofuels. It is excerpted below. 

"After all that's been written about the pros and cons of biofuels over the years, it's fair to ask whether there's anything left to say. It turns out that there is, and a new insight comes from evaluating what actually happens on the earth, that is, on the land where the plants used to make biofuels are grown.

8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Come to our Grand Opening to see a new pilot-scale user destination for battery research!   Agenda includes an overview of laboratory and research capability, ribbon cutting, tours, and lunch. RSVP Required, please contact Susan Fancy at 734-763-8803 or

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Energy Institute Research Professor John DeCicco was featured in a Marketplace Morning Report piece titled "Your electric car may be a carbon polluter." The piece highlighted a working paper that will be featured in this fall's Conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (more info on the conference is viewable here). 

The article is excerpted below:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Energy Institute research professor John DeCicco, an energy and transportation expert, was featured on WEMU's The Green Room, along with UMEI faculty affiliate Jonathan Levine and postdoctoral fellow Louis Merlin, both of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. 


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