Charging Stations of the Future: This project will equip charging stations with different charging technologies, including wired and wireless solutions as a key enabler for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles from light-duty to heavy-duty. By identifying and targeting the gaps in the key technology areas including charger hardware, modeling and control, algorithms and tools, cross-disciplinary research, and dissemination and equity, this project advances a low-cost, safe, and reliable charging station infrastructure,
Electrified Roadways: This project pushes the performance frontier of electrified roadways with embedded dynamic and semi-dynamic wireless charging systems in terms of wireless power delivery, constructability, durability, maintainability, packaging, interoperability, standards, safety, EMI/EMC, supporting infrastructure and accessibility (see roadmap of Figure 19). This requires convergent research across multiple fields to cover the structural, electrical, electromagnetic, thermal, economic and human aspects of electrified roadways with integrated wireless charging.
Systems of Systems: This project has the unique capability and comprehensive scope to evaluate charging systems for multiple vehicle classes across the U.S. This research accounts for economics, greenhouse gas emissions, human health impacts, and system performance for multiple charging systems as part of the integrated evaluation model. The expansive scope is achievable because of the convergence of each of the project teams’ tasks. Given the complexity and societal importance of developing an efficient and equitable electrified transportation system, it is essential for this project to involve deep integration of expertise, language, and frameworks across disciplines.
Learning & Engagement: This project consists of ongoing cross-institutional and multidisciplinary collaborations that advanced convergent research in two domains:
- inclusive educational pathways and learning opportunities that result in a diverse workforce prepared to realize equity in EVs and EV infrastructures; and
- EV-related technologies and socio-technical infrastructures that provide benefit to those that have historically been harmed by environmental and transportation injustices.