As the world’s top energy consumers, energy producers and greenhouse gas emitters, the United States and China will play leading roles in the world’s transition to a clean energy economy in the years ahead. Because China and the United States are the Number One and Two motor vehicle markets in the world, one country alone cannot achieve global goals for the reduction of petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Working together gives the best chance of success. Over the long-term, it is significant to note that much of the energy-consuming infrastructure of the 21st century, including its future vehicle fleets, has yet to be built, and therefore, will benefit from the results of this work.

The Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicle Consortium (CERC-CVC) brings together academia, national laboratories, and industry into a consortium of exceptional intellectual strength and expertise in key engineering, natural science, and social science areas. Recognizing that energy use in vehicles represents both challenges and opportunities for our two countries, the United States and the People’s Republic of China have chosen Argonne National Laboratory and Tsinghua University to lead a consortium of experts to collaborate in the field of clean vehicles research for phase two of the CERC-CVC beginning in 2016. This second five-year program of research, from 2016 through 2020, will build on the outstanding accomplishments of the first five-year program, which ran from 2011 through 2015.

The U.S.-China teams in each of the major research areas will focus on maximizing collaborative efforts and leveraging the respective strengths of the research partners in order to both accelerate invention and commercial success through close ties with industry partners in both countries.

The CERC-CVC’s research areas include: