Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Study

The project has found fuel cell research to be difficult and challenging with existing resources and now are evaluating electric powered vehicles. Preliminary work is assessing the state of electric vehicles and related technologies. A literature review was conducted. Results will guide areas of additional research based on Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) skill sets. Review will compliment the one completed for fuel cells and fuel cell systems. RIT also met with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) who are developing a kit for hybrid vehicles to convert them to plug-in hybrid. The project team approached the agency to see if the team could work on issues like: Certification of aftermarket kits - either plug in or hybrid.; Standards for retrofit kits/battery packs and emergency procedures for first responders; Thermal modeling or durability assessment of batteries; Durability of wiring harnesses and other accessories; and Remanufacturing of any of the specialized components. The team is also contacting battery and electric vehicle industry to see what research the team could perform within the existing schedule and funding.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Advanced Research, Alternative Fuels and Lifecycle Engineering


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of Research, Development, and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Brighton, NY   
  • Start Date: 20120510
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31289

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01467613
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:35PM