ECOtality, Inc. subsidiary ECOtality North America has been awarded a $26.4-million dollar contract by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct the DOE’s Advanced Vehicle Testing and Evaluation (AVTE) project. The award is for a 5-year term to conduct vehicle evaluations with the Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity (AVTA).
The primary goal of the Advanced Vehicle Testing and Evaluation project is to provide key data for technology modeling, and research and development programs, by benchmarking and validating the performance of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.
Technologies evaluated include: plug-in hybrid electric vehicles; extended range electric vehicles; hybrid electric, pure electric and hydraulic vehicles; advanced electric drive and engine technologies; advanced energy storage technologies and chemistries; advanced climate control, power electronic, and other ancillary systems technologies; and internal combustion engines burning advanced fuels.
We look forward to continuing our work with the Department of Energy to produce unbiased performance data on advanced vehicle technologies that can further reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Projects such as these highlight the relevancy of ECOtality’s work and continue to position us a leader in advanced vehicle transportation. The Advanced Vehicle Testing and Evaluation project allows us to better understand new and emerging vehicle technologies that will impact the future of transportation and the nation as a whole.—Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality, Inc.
ECOtality has been a testing partner for the US Department of Energy’s AVTA for the past 13 years, and has worked with the DOE, vehicle manufacturers and industry stakeholders to develop test procedures used to conduct baseline, accelerated, fleet, and battery testing. To date, ECOtality has conducted testing for more than 1,250 advanced vehicles and amassed more than 11 million test miles in support of the DOE’s Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity.