Findings from the BMW MINI E and UC Davis PHEV Experimental Deployments

Dr Tom Turrentine, Director PHEV Research Center
University of California Davis
United States
Dec 08, 2010.


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Presentation Summary

  • Driver response to the BMW MINI E
  • Driver response to Prius PHEV conversions
  • Consumers and PEVs

Speaker Biography (Tom Turrentine)

Dr. Tom Turrentine is Director of the California Energy Commission's Plug-in Hybrid Electric & Vehicle Research Center at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis. For the past 20 years, Tom has been adapting methods and theory from anthropology to guide research on consumer response to alternative fuels, vehicle technologies, road systems, and policies with environmental benefits. His most recent work includes multi-year projects to study consumer use of the BMW MINI E, PRIUS PHEV conversions, and specially designed energy feedback displays in vehicles. In the coming years, his center will be working with several car companies and power utilities on purchase and use patterns of new electric and plug-in hybrids, developing tools to advise deployment of infrastructure, integration of plug in vehicles to California's grid and ways to restructure the cost of lithium batteries.

Company Profile (University of California, Davis)

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UC Davis is one of the nation's top public research universities. As one of 10 campuses of the world's pre-eminent public university system, the University of California, we are located in the heart of the Central Valley, close to the state capital and San Francisco Bay Area. UC Davis lays claim to being one of the few remaining college towns where we cherish our close relationships on campus and within the Davis community.