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Project Title:

Electric Vehicle Transportation Center


University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Principal Investigator:

Dr. David L. Block

PI Contact Information:

321-638-1010 (Fax)

Florida Solar Energy Center
1679 Clearlake Rd.
Cocoa, FL 32922

Funding Source:

U.S. Department of Transportation

Total Project Cost:

Total Project Cost: $1,414,100 (1 year) from U.S. Department of Transportation for a total Year 1 project budget of $2,121,150.

Agency ID or Contract Number:


Start date: October 1, 2013
End date: September 30, 2017

Brief Description of Research Project:

The Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (EVTC) will prepare transportation planners with the ability to accommodate the influx of electric vehicles, while at the same time, seizing the opportunity these vehicles present to enhance electric grid modernization efforts. Electric vehicles (EVs) provide the unique capability of being able to store energy, thus, this feature allows EVs to both use and supply energy to the nations electric grid. New “smart-grid enabled” inverters and chargers will feature real time, two-way communication, providing live network access and the ability to control system power output remotely. The new transportation network will now be capable of both using and feeding the electric transmission network. The EVTC will leverage the resources of University of Central Florida and its partner universities - the University of Hawai'i and Tuskegee University - to conduct the needed research and development and to inspire, train, and support the scientists, engineers, and technicians of the future. The EVTC program will also employ a collaborative working group of industry professionals, utility representatives, manufacturers and national labs and agencies to assist in program development for the purpose of accelerating EV acceptance and adoption.

Implementation of Research Outcomes:

To meet the future transportation challenges and achieve the stated EVTC goals, the following program tasks will be conducted:


  1. Implications of Electric Vehicle Penetration on Federal and State Highway Revenues
  2. Identify and Analyze Policies that Impact the Acceleration of Electric Vehicle Adoption


  1. Electric Vehicle Charging Technologies and Analysis
  2. Transportation Planning for Electric Vehicles and Associated Infrastructure


  1. Prediction of Electric Vehicle Penetration
  2. Electric Vehicle Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  3. Assess the SunGuide and STEWARD Databases
  4. Battery Technologies for Mass Deployment of Electric Vehicles
  5. Electric Vehicle Battery Durability and Reliability under Electric Utility Grid Operations
  6. Fuel Cell Vehicle Technologies, Infrastructure and Requirements


  1. Electric Vehicle Grid Experiments and Analysis
  2. Electric Vehicle Interaction at the Electrical Circuit Level


  1. Optimal Charging Scheduler for Electric Vehicles on the Florida Turnpike
  2. Electric Vehicle Bus Systems
  3. Electric Vehicle and Wireless Charging Laboratory
  4. Electric Vehicle Fleet Implications and Analysis


  1. Electric Vehicle Energy Impacts
  2. Socio-economic Implications of Large-scale Electric Vehicle Systems


  1. Economic Impacts of Electric Vehicle Adoption
  2. Techno-economic Analyses of Large-scale Electric Vehicle Systems
  3. Effect of Electric Vehicles on Power System Expansion and Operation

Impacts/Benefits of Implementation (actual, not anticipated):

There are no activities to be reported at this time.