Electrification of Transportation

Electrification of Transportation

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The objective of this project is to examine various approaches to enable wide spread adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles in the San Antonio community.

As a large emitter of greenhouse gases on a regional and national scale, the transportation sector has the potential to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and revolutionize fuel economy through the mainstream adoption of electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and transportation systems.

The objective of this research is to address the following areas:

• Early adopter segmentation
• Technology standards for vehicle charging
• Utility tariff design for electric vehicles
• Public charging infrastructure location selection criteria and guidelines
• Municipal rules, regulations and policies for electric vehicles
• Incentive design and value proposition assessment for promoting and enabling electric vehicle adoption


In August 2011, a workshop was held to understand key challenges and continuing work associated with electrification of the transportation sector.  Feedback from the workshop encouraged the installation of a total of 11 electric vehicle charging stations on the UTSA 1604 and UTSA Downtown campuses.  The team realized a need for a research roadmap for technology deployment and an action plan and implementation schedule for conducting pilot and demonstration projects utilizing electric vehicles.

City of San Antonio

Larry Ball, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Department, UTSA

Chris Reddick, Department of Public Administration, UTSA

Dwain Rogers, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute 

Carola Wenk, Computer Science Department, UTSA

Krystal Castillo, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UTSA