Transportation Technologies for Sustainability

2013 Edition
| Editors: Mehrdad Ehsani, Fei-Yue Wang, Gary L. Brosch

PHEVs and BEVs in Coupled Power and Transportation Systems

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With the price of oil peaking in the recent past close to the once unimaginable $150 per barrel and the threat of global climate change increasingly acknowledged, the transportation sector is employing a number of new technologies that will enhance energy security by reducing the current dependency on oil-based fuels. Should the gasoline cost increase in the future, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) will become the economical choice for transportation. Widespread adoption of PHEVs/BEVs will also improve air quality and carbon footprint, since point source pollution is easier to control than mobile source pollution. This level of control is essential for effective implementation of carbon cap-and-trade markets, which should spur further innovation. In USA, sales of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) have grown 80% each year since 2000, proving that PHEVs/BEVs are likely an eventual reality that must be dealt with [1]. The implications...

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The author wishes to acknowledge numerous colleagues and graduate students who contributed to the findings of this entry: Dr. Bradley Love, and Dr. Jennifer Duthie from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as Dr. Ivan Damnjanovic, and graduate students Mr. Chengzong Pang, Ms. Papiya Dutta, and Mr. Seok Kim from Texas A&M University. Funding for this study came from the National Science Foundation through I/UCRC grant for the Center for “PHEVs/BEVs: Transportation and Electricity Convergence,” and another NSF I/UCRC grant for the “Power Systems Engineering Research Center.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA