The CERC Clean Vehicles Consortium seeks to contribute to dramatic improvements in technologies with the potential to reduce the dependence of vehicles on oil and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. It aims to build a foundation of knowledge, technologies, human capabilities, and relationships in mutually beneficial areas that will position the United States and China for a future with highly efficient clean vehicles that have very low environmental impacts. Joint research is conducted in the following areas: Advanced Batteries and Energy Conversion, Vehicle Technologies, Connected and Automated Vehicles, and Systems Assessment.
Task 1) LCA of wireless charge for PEVs
Task 1.1 Identify the feasible cases/scenarios for deploying dynamic wireless charging infrastructure in both U.S. and China
Feasible scenarios of vehicle types (buses, taxi, trucks, or private passenger cars), powertrain (all-electric vs. hybrid), service (personal travel, public transit, or commercial freight), and locations (urban vs. rural, highway vs. city roadways) for dynamic wireless charger deployment will be identified. Extensive literature review and a feasibility analysis in terms of economic and environmental performance will be conducted, which will serve as a basis for subsequent tasks.
Task 1.2 Establish a life cycle inventory of dynamic wireless charging infrastructure and integrate with GREET model
Based on the identified potentially feasible cases/scenarios, a detailed and comprehensive life cycle inventory analysis will be conducted to quantify the life cycle primary energy, GHG emissions, and criteria pollutant emissions for the material production, manufacturing, use/maintenance, and end-of-life disposal stages of dynamic wireless charging infrastructure and hardware devices. These assessments will be conducted using existing datasets from GREET and other databases, industry partners, and academic partners in Thrust area Three. The target deliverable is to report the primary energy consumption, GHG emissions, and criteria pollutant emissions per lane-mile of dynamic wireless charging infrastructure, and integrating this wireless charging infrastructure component into the GREET model.