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The United States and China are the world’s largest automobile markets and oil consumers, both importing more than half the oil they consume. Over the long-term, much of the energy-consuming infrastructure of the 21st century, including future vehicle fleets, has yet to be built and therefore will benefit from accelerated development of clean vehicle technologies.

The CERC Clean Vehicles Consortium seeks to contribute to dramatic improvements in technologies with the potential to reduce the dependence of vehicles on oil and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. It aims to build a foundation of knowledge, technologies, human capabilities, and relationships in mutually beneficial areas that will position the United States and China for a future with highly efficient clean vehicles that have very low environmental impacts. Joint research is conducted in the following areas: Advanced Batteries and Energy Conversion, Vehicle Technologies, Connected and Automated Vehicles, and Systems Assessment.

The Consortium aims to be the leading U.S.-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 CVC technologies will involve strategic partners from industry in the United States and China, including leading OEMs in the transportation and energy sectors, suppliers, and innovation companies.

Dr. Don Hillebrand from Argonne National Laboratory leads the U.S. consortium, and Dr. Minggao Ouyang from Tsinghua University leads the Chinese consortium.

The U.S. and Chinese consortia (collectively, CERC CVC) have agreed to a Joint Work Plan (Bilingual PDF) to significantly advance clean vehicle technologies, in both China and the United States. U.S. and Chinese officials simultaneously agreed to a Technology Management Plan (TMP) (Bilingual PDF) 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.

The CERC Clean Vehicles Consortium partnership currently includes the following U.S. members:

  • Lead:
  • Partners:
    • A123 Systems (Waltham, MA)
    • Aramco Services (Houston, TX)
    • Brookhaven National Laboratory (Uptown, NY)
    • California Energy Commission (Sacramento, CA)
    • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
    • ClimateWorks and Energy Foundation (San Francisco, CA)
    • Excellatron Solid State (Atlanta, GA)
    • Farasis Energy (Hayward, CA)
    • GM (Detroit, MI)
    • The International Council for Clean Transportation (San Francisco, CA)
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
    • Microvast (Stafford, Texas)
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Energy and Transportation Science (Oak Ridge, TN)
    • The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA)
    • University of California at Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies (Davis, CA)
    • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
    • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
    • Wanxiang America Corporation (Elgin, IL)

The CERC Clean Vehicles Consortium partnership currently includes the following Chinese members:

  • Lead:
    • Tsinghua University (Beijing)
  • Partners:
    • BAIC BJEV (Beijing)
    • Beihang University (Beijing)
    • Beijing Institute of Technology (Beijing)
    • Beijing SinoHytec (Beijing)
    • Changan Automobile Company (Chongqing)
    • Changzhou ECTEK Automotive Electronics Limited (Changzhou, Jiangsu)
    • China Automotive Engineering Research Institute Co., Ltd (Chongqing)
    • China Automotive Technology & Research Center (Tianjin)
    • China Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), (Beijing)
    • China Potevio (Beijing)
    • CITIC GuoAn Mengguli (MGL) (Beijing)
    • Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL)  (Ningde, Fujian)
    • Geely Group (Hangzhou)
    • Hefei Guoxuan High-Tech Power Energy (Hefei, Anhui)
    • Hunan University (Changsha)
    • Institute of Electrical Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing)
    • JAC Motors (Hefei)
    • Jiangsu Huadong Institute of li-ion Battery (Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu)
    • Jing-jin Electric Co., Ltd. (Beijing)
    • Keypower (Beijing)
    • North China Electric Power University (Beijing)
    • SAIC Motor (Beijing)
    • Shanghai Electric Vehicle Public Data Collection, Monitoring and Research Center(Shanghai)
    • Shanghai General Motor Muling (Liuzhou)
    • Shanghai International Automobile City (Shanghai)
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai)
    • Suzhou Automotive Research Institute of Tsinghua University (Suzhou, Jiangsu)
    • Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing)
    • Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-stock Co., Ltd (Tianjin)
    • Tianjin University (Tianjin)
    • Tongji University (Shanghai)
    • Wanxiang (Hangzhou)
    • Wuhan University of Technology (Wuhan)

For more details go to the Clean Vehicles Consortium website.