The United States and China are the world’s largest automobile markets and oil consumers, both importing more than half the oil they consume. The CERC-Clean Vehicles Consortium seeks to contribute to dramatic improvements in technologies with potential to reduce the dependence of vehicles on oil and improve vehicle fuel efficiency. Joint research is conducted in the following areas: advanced batteries and energy conversion, advanced biofuels and clean combustion, vehicle electrification, advanced lightweight materials and structures, vehicle-grid integration, and energy systems analysis. Dr. Huei Peng from the University of Michigan leads the U.S. consortium, and Dr. Minggao Ouyang from Tsinghua University leads the Chinese consortium.
The CERC Clean Vehicles Consortium brings together academia, national laboratories, and industry into a coalition of exceptional intellectual strength and expertise in key engineering, natural science, and social science areas. The U.S.-China teams focus on maximizing collaborative efforts and leveraging the respective strengths of the research partners in order to both accelerate invention and commercial success through close ties with industry partners in both countries. The CERC Clean Vehicles Consortium aims to be the leading US-China effort in the clean vehicle arena by performing both long-range transformational and translational research to bring discoveries and technologies to market. Successful demonstration of the proposed Clean Vehicles technologies involves strategic partners from industry in the U.S. and China, including leading OEMs in the transportation and energy sectors, suppliers and innovation companies.
U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to a Technology Management Plan (TMP) regarding intellectual property rights. The Agreement (English PDF Chinese PDF) protects American and Chinese research, scientists, and engineers by ensuring their intellectual property rights for the technology they create.