Over the last two decades, FSEC has researched alternative transportation systems and alternative fueled vehicles, specifically electric, hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.
FSEC's transportation research is based on field monitoring, computer simulations and controlled experiments in highly-instrumented laboratories. These research efforts are developed in partnership with government, industry, nonprofit organizations, private sponsors and national laboratories.
Below are two major research projects coordinated by FSEC.
The Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (EVTC) is a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded center focused on transforming the transportation system to accommodate the influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and their power demands.
The project's research will prepare transportation planners with the ability to accommodate the influx of electric vehicles, while at the same time, seizing the opportunity these vehicles present to enhance electric grid modernization efforts.
The EVTC is a consortium of transportation and energy experts from FSEC/UCF, the University of Hawaii, and Tuskegee University in Alabama. The EVTC will leverage the resources of its partner universities to conduct the needed research and development and to inspire, train, and support the future scientists, engineers, and technicians.
The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded program that promotes petroleum reduction. It aims to improve air quality, increase U.S. national energy security, and promote economic opportunities throughout Florida. It supports sustainable transportation practices that advance deployment of alternative fuel technologies, mass transit projects, and fleet optimization measures.
The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition is a non-profit corporation, administered by FSEC since 1997. It is one of eight coalitions in Florida. Its territory encompasses a ten-county area consisting of Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie and Volusia Counties.
The Coalition provides a forum for members to leverage resources, develop joint projects, collaborate on public policy issues, and promote petroleum displacement and clean air technologies in Florida. Central Florida Clean Cities has experience in building and facilitating public/private stakeholder groups, conducting technical education and outreach initiatives, and managing alternative fuel deployment programs.