Vehicle Thermal Management
NREL works with vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and fleet partners to research energy-efficient solutions to climate control and thermal system challenges.
Research and Development
NREL's thermal management research helps optimize the thermal performance of light-duty and heavy-duty conventional and electric-drive vehicles. Researchers explore advanced approaches to climate control—such as improvements to cabin insulation; window systems; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems—to increase fuel economy while maintaining passenger comfort.
NREL publishes journal articles, conference papers, and reports about vehicle thermal management research.
Vehicle Thermal Management Modeling Tools and Facilities
NREL's vehicle thermal management modeling tools allow researchers to assess the trade-offs and calculate the potential benefits of thermal design options.
Learn about our vehicle thermal management facilities.
Contact us to learn more about our vehicle thermal management research or explore partnership opportunities.
Project Lead, Commercial Vehicle TechnologiesJason.Lustbader@nrel.gov