Systems Analysis and Integration
NREL's systems analysis and integration team evaluates the impact of emerging technologies on efficiency, performance, cost, and battery life for a full range of vehicles—conventional vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, all-electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and other alternative fuel vehicles.
Using a suite of simulation and analysis tools, NREL conducts technical analyses of promising vehicle technologies to find cost-competitive solutions that maximize energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
NREL leverages detailed travel data from the Transportation Secure Data Center and other sources to evaluate fuel savings opportunities by:
- Predicting the most efficient route for a particular vehicle to follow
- Identifying hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle control strategies to improve efficiency over a given route
- Exploring wireless power transfer for on-road electric vehicles, as depicted in the e-roadway animation.
NREL also works with other research organizations and industry partners—such as Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors—to develop and implement prototypes of promising technologies identified through simulation and systems analysis, and to evaluate the prototypes in laboratory and on-road vehicle tests.