The development of sustainable transportation methods is a major concern of today’s automotive industry. The entire automotive ndustry has been striving to continually improve efficiency, increase fuel economy and curb carbon dioxide emissions. In this sustainability effort, a range of technologies have been gaining traction, with combustion engines, higher efficiency transmissions and accessories, light-weighting and vehicle electrification just being a few.
The Center for Automotive Research has expertise and conducts research in many of these issues. With far-reaching expertise on a range of automotive topics, CAR engineers develop sustainability solutions in energy conversion and storage, propulsion systems, vehicle intelligence and autonomy and information and communication technologies.
While it is crucial to aspire to these incremental improvements, it is equally—if not more—important to consider drastic changes in mobility concepts; such transformations have the greatest potential of all to impact CO2 emissions and petroleum use reduction.
For example, vehicle miles traveled by use of technologies such as ride and car sharing, multimodal transportation solutions and the adoption of radically different CO2 neutral fuels are all directions that are necessary to meet the global challenge for atmospheric CO2 stabilization and energy independence.
Further, CAR is a major participant in The Ohio State University’s Sustainable Mobility Network, a program that engages researchers in fields as diverse as urban planning, public policy, transportation systems, agricultural sciences and social and behavioral sciences.
Although CAR focuses on these issues’ technological aspects, the center recognizes the importance of a broad and multidisciplinary approach to address the challenge of sustainable mobility.