Ground vehicles and ground transportation systems are ubiquitous and indispensable elements of modern life, contributing to improved standards of living through access to both inexpensive goods and services made possible by the cost-effective transport of products and people, and economic opportunities in the $1.6 trillion annual automotive manufacturing industry. Fluctuating energy costs, changing societal expectations for environmental stewardship, and the availability of new materials, powertrain technologies, and manufacturing techniques give the automotive industry incentives and the ability to produce and deploy vehicles that are markedly more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable than those currently in service.
In response to this convergence of needs and means, the academic, industrial, and government partners in the EV-STS initiative formulated a vision to establish a center that functions as:
A multi-disciplinary research organization for bridging the traditional gaps between academia and industry, private sector and public sector, while engaging in research dramatically improving the efficiency and sustainability of ground vehicles.
The EV-STS Center's mission is to leverage collaborations among corporate, utility, government, and academic stakeholders in the automotive and ground transportation industries to conduct and disseminate applied, pre-competitive research on technologies, methodologies, and tools that facilitate the design, manufacture, deployment, and operation of energy efficient, environmentally sustainable ground vehicles. The mission scope includes passenger cars, light- and heavy-duty trucks, and motorized off-road equipment. It encompasses both vehicle-level technologies and transportation systems, and reflects the inherent complexity and global nature of the automotive and ground transportation industries.