Jason Lustbader leads NREL's commercial vehicle technologies team, which works with industry and fleet partners to evaluate the performance and support the development of advanced medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies. The team works closely with industry partners to apply vehicle data, advanced analytics, and simulation to identify and overcome technical barriers and inform the development of commercial vehicle technologies that improve efficiency and performance. The team’s primary tools include the DriveCAT drive cycle analysis tool and the Fleet DNA repository of commercial fleet vehicle operating data. Previously, he led NREL's heavy-duty vehicle thermal management research, which focuses on reducing heavy-duty vehicle climate control fuel use.

Research Interests

Commercial vehicle technologies

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

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

U.S. Light-Duty Vehicle Air Conditioning Fuel Use and Impact of Solar/Thermal Control Technologies, SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems (2018)

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)

Modeling Control Strategies and Range Impacts for Electric Vehicle Integrated Thermal Management Systems with MATLAB/Simulink, SAE World Congress (2017)

Long-Haul Truck Sleeper Heating Load Reduction Package for Rest Period Idling, SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems (2016)

Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger for High-Temperature Power Electronics, IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (2015)

View all NREL publications for Jason Lustbader.


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)