Become a member

U.T. Austin, Texas A&M, and the National Science Foundation invite you to participate in the Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems (EV-STS) Center.

New approaches and technologies are needed to lead the industry to viable automobile and fuel technologies that are sustainable. The space-and time-varying use of vehicles introduces multiple options for thoughtful interactions with the various elements of the transportation infrastructure. The EV-STS will identify these couplings and the dynamics of this meta-system enterprise, involving energy, transport, consumer choice, environmental impacts, and infrastructure development using advanced systems-level data analysis, demand forecasting, behavioral modeling, and optimization.

Example Topics of Study

  • The air quality impacts of EV adoption
  • Implementation of PEV charging strategies on testbed
  • Improved network models for electric vehicles
  • Integrated multi-resolution network charging and pricing design
  • Impact on Smart Grid Reliability, Resilience, Safety, and Efficiency
  • Dynamically Configurable & Dispersed Energy Storage: Effects on Power Markets
  • Use for interfacing of Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Security
  • Vehicle Purchase, Driver Behavior & Power Pricing: The Spatio-temporal Impacts
  • Information Systems: Interface Design & System Management
  • Air Quality Impacts & Management: Policy & Practice
  • Opportunities for Government Incentives & Public Infrastructure to Support PHEV Utilization
  • Regulation of New & Existing Markets
  • Congestion Management & Charge-Station Siting

Benefits of EV-STS Center Membership

An annual $40,000 membership allows:

  • Better investment decisions by “leading the pack” in infrastructure design and use decisions, anticipating energy and technology trends;
  • Leveraging collaboration with partner industries, and the dramatically reduced overhead costs offered by Universities, and the NSF;
  • Leveraging of NSF’s contributions (which include up to $80k annual Center funding);
  • Input regarding research project selection and Center direction;
  • Immediate access to researchers, project results and data sets useful to your business plans & policy decisions;
  • Long-term relationship with leading universities, providing unmatched access to large-scale test beds for new ideas;
  • Access to skilled graduate students  trained in relevant material and cross-disciplinary work; and
  • Participation in an unbiased forum for exchange of ideas with key stakeholders, including government, corporate and academic partners.

The National Science Foundation and you: together, building a prosperous future where energy is reliable, safe, secure, clean and affordable.