The University of Chicago manages Argonne National Laboratory, the first U.S. national laboratory established by the U.S. government and one of several of the largest U.S. multi-purpose research and development laboratories. Its research areas cover both basic and applied sciences. It is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) lead laboratory for research in hybrid powertrains, batteries and fuel efficient technologies. As such, it works with DOE, federal agencies and automotive industry partners to develop new transportation technologies that reduce the nation’s dependence on petroleum and reduce environmental burdens of the transportation systems. Argonne’s transportation research covers many areas including advanced batteries, hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, advanced engines, alternative fuels, vehicle systems, smart grid, vehicle recycling, applied materials research and hydrogen fuel cells.</p>
China Automotive Technology And Research Center (CATARC) is an authorized organization for the Chinese auto industry. Its main business functions are the research and formulation of auto standards, the mandatory homologation of auto safety, environmental protection, energy efficiency, technical information services and relevant policy research for the auto industry and Chinese government agencies. It also has expertise in development planning for the Chinese auto industry and auto technology R&D. Lately it has excelled in automotive R&D work in alternative energy and electric vehicles (EV).
To help both the U.S. and China pursue energy and environmental sustainable transportation systems, CATARC and Argonne have been cooperating since 2004 in the fields of life cycle assessment of advanced vehicle technologies and transportation fuels, assessment of plug-in hybrid vehicles, modeling of advanced vehicle technology fuel economy and performance, and evaluation of vehicle energy storage technologies.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed by Argonne and CATARC at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing on November 8, 2011, continues this collaboration.