Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Information Sharing & Technology Transfer Program

Electric and hybrid-electric drive vehicles are being developed to answer challenges faced by current transit operators, such as vehicle range, fuel economy, emissions, and safety. This cooperative agreement supports the efforts of a research team EVAA, Electric Power Research Institute, and the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) to develop and implement a data collection program associated with the operation of electric and hybrid electric buses and infrastructure, and to share this vehicle information with transit community at-large. The research team will define and develop an electronic information system to collect information on electric and hybrid electric vehicles. This work will include development of protocols for data collection, and specifications of on-board vehicle collection hardware and methodologies. The system will undergo a trial operational test on an all-electric transit bus service at CARTA. A technology transfer effort will be undertaken to familiarize and report to the transit industry on data collection technologies, as well as electric and hybrid electric vehicle technologies. The collection techniques and data elements defined under this program will be useful for data collection activities of other alternative fuel buses.