Ohio State earns DOE funding to drive fuel economy improvements in next-gen vehicles

The Ohio State University has received $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to optimize fuel economy in connected and automated vehicles.

This is Ohio State’s second project to be funded through ARPA-E’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program. Research will be led by Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR).

CAR’s initial NEXTCAR project demonstrated a multi-horizon vehicle dynamics and powertrain control optimization algorithm that improves fuel economy on a light-duty vehicle by more than 20%. In the current project, Ohio State, BorgWarner and the Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC) will integrate advanced system-level optimization and control technologies for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with level 4 (L4) automation, aiming to improve energy efficiency by more than 30%. Level 5 vehicles are fully autonomous.