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Kevin Walkowicz

Group Research Manager III-Systems Engineering

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Kevin Walkowicz manages the advanced vehicles and charging infrastructure group in NREL's Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences. He spearheads efforts to develop and implement innovative research to reduce energy consumption and increase the use of domestic renewable resources in the transportation industry. His conducts laboratory and in-use research; characterizes data; and develops analysis, simulation, and visualization tools with a focus on improving the energy efficiency of advanced medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and related infrastructure technologies.

Research Interests

Commercial vehicle technologies

Electric vehicle grid integration

Sustainable mobility

Transportation data and tools

Transportation research


M.S., Engineering Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University

Professional Experience

Senior Manager, Principal Engineer, and Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2001–Present)

Senior Test and Development Engineer and Product Design Release Engineer, General Motors Corporation (1994–2001)

Product Engineer, Evaporative Control Systems, Eaton Corporation (1991–1994)

Featured Work

Planning of In-Motion Electric Vehicle Charging on Freeways, IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter (2020)

Value to the Grid from Managed Charging Based on California's High Renewables Study, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2019)

A Hybrid Tour-Based Model for Energy Analysis of Multi-Modal Intra-City Freight: A Case Study of Autonomous Electric Vehicles, Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting (2019)

Data-Driven Fuel Consumption Estimation: A Multivariate Adaptive Regression Spline Approach, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies (2017)

Field Evaluation of Medium-Duty Plug-in Electric Delivery Trucks, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Quantitative Effects of Vehicle Parameters on Fuel Consumption for Heavy-Duty Vehicle, SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (2015)

Characterization of In-Use Medium-Duty Electric Vehicle Driving and Charging Behavior, IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (2014)

Statistical Characterization of School Bus Drive Cycles Collected via Onboard Logging Systems, SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (2013)

On-Road and In-Laboratory Testing to Demonstrate Effects of ULSD, B20, and B99 on a Retrofit Urea-SCR Aftertreatment System, SAE Powertrain, Fuels, and Lubricants Meeting (2009)

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Awards and Honors

NREL Director's Award, Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity (2006)