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Jason Lustbader

Group Manager - Advanced Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure

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Jason Lustbader leads NREL's Advanced Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure group. This multi-disciplinary team works to overcome the technical barriers to decarbonizing advanced medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and address the challenges of scaling the high power charging infrastructure needed to meet those demands. Their research applies engineering data science, modeling, simulation, and experimental methods to advance the state of on-road, off-road, non-road, freight, marine, and aviation technologies. He also serves as the principal investigator for the Advanced Locomotive Technology and Rail Infrastructure Optimization System (ALTRIOS), which seeks to accelerate rail decarbonization through an open-source modeling framework.

Research Interests

Commercial vehicle technologies

Electric vehicle grid integration

Transportation data and tools

Transportation research

Vehicle thermal management


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Featured Work

Thermal Design Analysis for SuperTruck II Lithium-Titanate Battery Pack, Journal of Energy Storage (2022)

A Framework for Characterizing the Ambient Conditions Experienced by Light-Duty Vehicles in the United States, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (2022)

Port of New York and New Jersey Drayage Electrification Analysis, NREL Technical Report (2022)

Vehicle Technologies and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research and Development Programs Benefits Assessment Report for 2020, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Spatial and Temporal Analysis of the Total Cost of Ownership for Class 8 Tractors and Class 4 Parcel Delivery Trucks, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Estimating Region-Specific Fuel Economy in the United States from Real-World Driving Cycles, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (2020)

Real-World Evaluation of National Energy Efficiency Potential of Cold Storage Evaporator Technology in the Context of Engine Start-Stop Systems, SAE Technical Paper (2020)

Medium-and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Electrification: An Assessment of Technology and Knowledge Gaps, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical Report (2019)

Range Extension Opportunities While Heating a Battery Electric Vehicle, SAE World Congress (2018)

Total Thermal Management of Battery Electric Vehicles, SAE CO2 Reduction for Transportation Systems Conference (2018)


Shield Devices, Systems, and Methods for Improved Measurements and Detection, U.S. Patent No. 10,151,607 B2 (2018)

Thermal Barriers for Compartments, U.S. Patent No. 9,789,751 B2 (2017)

Integrated Three-Dimensional Module Heat Exchanger for Power Electronics Cooling, U.S. Patent No. 8,541,875 (2013)

Awards and Honors

Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award (2017)

NREL Staff Award (2012)