Hybrid & electric vehicles

Argonne studies used to develop new SAE testing procedures for hybrid vehiclesJune 1, 2011

Plug-In Hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are undergoing intense development and will be mass-produced within the next year. Federal regulators are struggling to come up with a definition of auto efficiency for this next generation of technology. Miles per gallon isn’t sophisticated enough; the onset of PHEVs requires new metrics to effectively convey information to consumers. The new metrics are expected to change the way fuel economy estimates are calculated and displayed.

Brookings Institution Panel DiscussionFebruary 8, 2011

Argonne director Eric Isaacs and Energy Storage Initiative head Jeff Chamberlain spoke at a panel hosted by the Brookings Institution on February 8, 2011.

Argonne battery technology helps power Chevy VoltJanuary 1, 2011

This month, thousands of new Chevy Volt owners will begin the real road tests of the first mass-produced plug-in hybrid electric car. While much of the car's engineering is unique, consumers may be unaware that some of its most extraordinary technology is inside the nearly 400-lb. battery that powers the vehicle in electric mode.