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The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center launched in early 2007, with the support of the California Energy Commission’s allocation of Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) funds for transportation research. The Center collaborates closely with California utilities, automakers, regulators, and other research institutions such as the Electric Power Research Institute and Argonne National Lab on research aimed at developing a sustainable market for plug-in vehicles.

The Center began with three initial research projects, and with the development of a PH&EV Research Roadmap, identified high-priority research areas for future research, including consumer perspectives and vehicle use, charging infrastructure, fleet market development, battery studies, and the impact of human-machine interfaces on behavior.

Moving forward our research is focused on measuring, monitoring and understanding multiple aspects of the quickly evolving market for plug-in vehicles internationally.

RSS Greenlight Blog

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  • Product Liability is the Wrong Standard for Self-Driving Cars
      Note: This blog was originally published on 3/29/2019 by the legal news service Law360. The automated vehicle revolution has begun, and will accelerate in the near future. AVs are vehicles that automate the act of driving. Many current-model cars already incorporate features such as adaptive cruise control, self-parking and lane-keeping assistance. But a larger […]
  • UC Davis Goes to Washington: Researchers Bring Transportation Expertise to Capitol Hill
    Every January, transportation researchers from across the globe descend on Washington, D.C. for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, the largest transportation research conference in the U.S. and possibly the world. The 13,000 attendees at TRB 2019 featured a significant contingent of researchers and staff from UC Davis who shared their insights and findings […]

Job Listing

EV Research Positions at UC Davis: 2-3 new research positions are available at the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. We are looking for post-docs and analysts for research on real-world driving and charging behavior and infrastructure needs for plug-in electric vehicles. Post-doc candidates must have strong quantitative analytical skills, experience analyzing large data streams, and/or GIS experience. Candidates for the analyst position(s) must be adept at translating research for city and state leaders, and should have considerable knowledge of PEVs and strong writing and interpersonal skills; some GIS experience and an advanced degree will be an advantage, though not required.

If interested, send a resume/CV and statement of interest to the PH&EV Center Program Manager, Dahlia Garas at dmgaras@ucdavis.edu