California Energy Commission Awards $3 Million to UC Davis for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research
The California Energy Commission has approved $3 million to University of California, Davis for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) research center. The funds will be allocated over three years and use the UCD Institute of Transportation Studies as its hub.
The goals of the research center are to: enhance the commercial viability of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles; identify strategies to accelerate an effective adoption of PHEVs; support demonstration and related activities; and provide information on decision making and alternative vehicle and transportation technologies.
These goals will be achieved by creating a roadmap which will identify, conduct, and contract the necessary R&D; developing an advisory council to provide strategic direction; establishing partnerships with other institutions; and fostering connections with stakeholders.
Funding this technology represents a significant milestone for California. The center will serve as a magnet for innovative research by advancing and demonstrating technology which will greatly reduce our dependence on petroleum.—James Boyd, Energy Commission Vice Chair
This funding comes from the Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The PIER program, the largest in the nation, awards up to $84 million to conduct energy research annually. The program supports energy research, development and demonstration projects that improve the quality of life in California.