Argonne Experts to Deliver Papers on Plug-in Hybrids

Papers represent leading efforts to objectively evaluate PHEVs and PHEV technologies and their potential impact on energy use.

Published: 04-Dec-2007

ARGONNE, Ill. – Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory's Transportation Technology R&D Center (TTRDC) will present 11 papers during the Electric Vehicle Symposium-23 that will be held in Anaheim, Calif., from Dec. 2-5.

Argonne is the lead U.S. Department of Energy laboratory for modeling, simulation, benchmarking and testing for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Some of the presentations will address how to determine PHEVs' ability to reduce gas consumption; and how battery and electric machine components can impact a vehicle's energy consumption.

"These papers represent leading efforts to objectively evaluate PHEVs and PHEV technologies and their potential impact on energy use," said Larry Johnson, director of the TTRDC. "Argonne possesses world-class expertise and state-of-the-art tools and facilities and is a definitive source for comprehensive dynamometer data on PHEVs."

The papers that will be presented at EVS-23 and their Argonne authors are:

Each of the papers will be available at shortly after they have been presented.

This year's symposium will provide information on how electric vehicles can help business, reduce petroleum use and air pollution; highlight the latest technological advancements and trends for electric vehicles; and illustrate how transit authorities are taking the lead in adopting cost-effective electric-drive technologies into their fleets.

Funding for TTRDC comes from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program.

With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne National Laboratory brings the world's brightest scientists and engineers together to find exciting and creative new solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

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