Proposed New Vision Statement for EV-STS Center

By Professor Mark Ehsani

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The ever expanding use of personal vehicles in the world is associated with the following major problems.

  • Fuel Consumption: Most vehicles require liquid fuel, typically derived from petroleum, which is a finite resource. The engines in current vehicles are only about 15-20% efficient.
  • Pollution: In cities, the tailpipe emissions of vehicles degrade air quality. Also, the combustion of fossil fuels is implicated in global warming. In the United States, 20% of carbon dioxide emissions come from automobiles and 10% from trucks.

     These problems with vehicles have long been known. There has been substantial progress in reducing tailpipe emissions using advanced catalytic converters; however air quality is still unacceptable in many cities, primarily due to vehicle emissions.

     Unless we take a revolutionary approach, the problem with vehicles will only get worse. By 2050, the number of vehicles is expected to increase by 5 times. Currently, the world has 9 people per vehicle, but by 2050 it is expected to have 2.6 per vehicle.

     In this center, new approaches and technologies will be studied, leading the industry to viable automobile and fuel technologies that are sustainable. We will propose an integrated approach to the automobile that focuses both on fuel production, vehicle, and power train technologies. The result is expected to be a new automobile and energy industry with the following properties: sustainable fuel supply into the indefinite future, high er efficiency, better performance, and acceptable carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere.

     We will analyze some of the technical, commercial, and social problems and issues that are on the forefront at the present. The center will also address the technical realities versus the public and government knowledge of these issues by producing educational releases and forums.

EV-TEC pre-meetng event & IAB/MAP meeting

REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR Movie Screening, Panel Discussion & Reception — Monday, May 6,2013 —  held at the University of Texas at Arlington’s NEDDERMAN HALL AUDITORIUM, panelists included Dr. Ross Baldick (EV-TEC Center Director), Jason Buckland (EVGO), Steve Hanson (Frito Lay/Pepsi Co.), Lanny Shivers (Earth Day Dallas), Tom Anthony (Oncor), Lori Clark (NCTCOG) and was moderated by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic (EV-TEC Center Deputy Director).   THANK YOU to UTA’s Office of Sustainability and to event Sponsors EVGO, Frito Lay/Pepsi Co. and Oncor. 

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More event pictures found at https://plus.google.com/photos/118399821422634386746/albums/5876612919841489729?authkey=CLzU84bowNKgiwE

Contact Annette Perrone at amp1@mail.utexas.edu or 512-232-4252 for questions.

EV-TEC hosts panel discussion and film at UT Austin, December 2012

December 11. The Center hosted a showing of the movie “Revenge of the Electric Car,” together with a panel session discussing the future of electric vehicles. The panelists were from GM, Nissan, and Toyota, together with UT researchers, including National Medal of Science recipient Professor John Goodenough.

Highlights of the panel include different perspectives from the car manufacturers and academics on: the viability of the electric vehicle business, both domestically and internationally; the role of the “garage inventer” and entrepreneur; range anxiety and all-electric versus PHEV; batteries and battery safety, together with questions and comments from the audience.

The Electrification of Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems (EV-STS) Center

The Electric Vehicle Transportation and Electricity Convergence (EV-TEC) Center represents a joint effort by Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, and the National Science Foundation with numerous corporate and governmental agencies.