Eric Wood is a research engineer in NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences. His work focuses on integrating real-world travel data into the analysis of vehicle, infrastructure, and energy storage systems. Interfacing with NREL’s Transportation Secure Data Center, he works with large geographic-enabled databases linking time-series measurements to underlying road network and elevation/grade layers. He is the lead developer of NREL’s Battery Lifetime and Analysis Simulation Tool for system-level analysis of lithium-ion batteries and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection Tool for estimating how much electric vehicle charging infrastructure is needed in a given area.

Research Interests

Automated electric vehicles

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Energy storage

Green routing

Transportation data analysis


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska

Professional Experience

Research Engineer, Data Analysis and Vehicle Energy Modeling, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2011–Present)

Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University (2010–2011)

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Nebraska (2008–2009)

Featured Work

Quantifying Autonomous Vehicles National Fuel Consumption Impacts: A Data-Rich Approach, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (2019)

California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projections: 2017-2025, California Energy Commission Report (2018)

National Plug-In Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office Technical Report (2017)

National Economic Value Assessment of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: Volume I, NREL Technical Report (2016)

EPA GHG Certification of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles: Development of Road Grade Profiles Representative of U.S. Controlled Access Highways, NREL Technical Report (2015)

Measuring the Benefits of Public Chargers and Improving Infrastructure Deployments using Advanced Simulation Tools, SAE World Congress (2015)

Overcoming the Range Limitation of Medium-Duty Battery Electric Vehicles Through the Use of Hydrogen Fuel Cells, SAE Journal of Commercial Vehicles (2014)

Connectivity-Enhanced Route Selection and Adaptive Control for the Chevrolet Volt, World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (2014)

Thru-Life Impacts of Driver Aggression, Climate, Cabin Thermal Management, and Battery Thermal Management on Battery Electric Vehicle Utility, Journal of Power Sources (2014)

Investigation of Battery End-of-Life Conditions for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Journal of Power Sources (2011)

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System and Method for Vehicle Energy Estimation, Adaptive Control and Routing, U.S. Patent No. 10,473,474 B2 (2019)

Awards and Honors

U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office Team Merit Award—EV Charging Infrastructure (2018)