Clean Transportation

As the world’s largest automobile markets, the United States and China lead the world in oil consumption, importing more than half the petroleum they consume. The CERC-Clean Vehicles Consortium seeks to reduce this oil consumption by supporting the joint research of the nations’ leading experts in clean vehicle technologies. The University of Michigan’s Prof. Huei Peng and Tsinghua University’s Prof. Minggao Ouyang lead this effort.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Could vehicles that communicate with each other and their surroundings, helping drivers avoid crashes, also save energy?

The University of Michigan is working with two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories to study whether connected and automated vehicles could help people drive more efficiently. U-M, with Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory, won a three-year, $2.7 million grant from DOE to fund the research.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Wars over EPA Renewable Fuel Standard heat up

Fox News, feat. John DeCicco

“It would be better if the Renewable Fuel Standard were simply repealed,” argues John DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute and a former senior fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund.

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TE3 brings economic scholars together with government and industry practitioners to explore transportation and fuel research for energy and environmental policies that will foster progress toward l

Monday, October 26, 2015

-We’ll be livestreaming the Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment Conference, beginning at 12:45 PM, at the following link: 

-Follow along with the event using the #te3 hashtag on Twitter or by following the @MichEnergy Twitter account.

-Get full info on speakers, agenda and more at  

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In one of the closest World Solar Challenges in the history of the 1,800-mile sun-powered auto race, the University of Michigan was the first American team to cross the finish line today. 

The sleek maize and blue "Aurum," which students designed and built, took fourth place overall out of 29 teams in its class. Michigan hung onto third until the last 30 miles. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

The light-duty vehicle fleet is expected to undergo substantial technological changes over the next several decades. New powertrain designs, alternative fuels, advanced materials and significant changes to the vehicle body are being driven by increasingly stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards. By the end of the next decade, cars and light-duty trucks will be more fuel efficient, weigh less, emit less air pollutants, have more safety features, and will be more expensive to purchase relative to current vehicles. Though the gasoline-powered spark ignition engine will continue to be the dominant powertrain configuration even through 2030, such vehicles will be equipped with advanced technologies, materials, electronics and controls, and aerodynamics. And by 2030, the deployment of alternative methods to propel and fuel vehicles and alternative modes of transportation, including autonomous vehicles, will be well underway. What are these new technologies - how will they work, and will some technologies be more effective than others?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Huei Peng, of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Engineering, effective this month.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A new piece on Energy Institute Research Professor John DeCicco's blog, Cars and Climate, explores the flow of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dioxide during the life cycle of biofuels. It is excerpted below. 

"After all that's been written about the pros and cons of biofuels over the years, it's fair to ask whether there's anything left to say. It turns out that there is, and a new insight comes from evaluating what actually happens on the earth, that is, on the land where the plants used to make biofuels are grown.


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