Autonomie Modeling Tool Improves Vehicle Design and Testing, Informs New Fuel Economy Standards

Project Overview
Positive Impact: Autonomie, an advanced vehicle modeling and design software package created by Argonne National laboratory with EERE support, is helping U.S. auto manufacturers develop the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Location: Illinois
Partners: Argonne National Laboratory
EERE Investment: N/A
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

Autonomie, an advanced vehicle modeling and design software package created by Argonne National laboratory with EERE support, is helping U.S. auto manufacturers develop the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles. Hybrid and electric vehicles require sophisticated electric drive and battery controls. Autonomie allows manufacturers to accurately model and simulate these components before actually building them—saving time, reducing costs, and improving quality.

General Motors has adopted Autonomie as its standard tool for virtual design and testing of hybrid and electric vehicle controls. Autonomie is also available for licensing to start-up companies, empowering U.S. entrepreneurs who may not have the resources to develop their own software.

Autonomie is also used by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Agency to inform the development of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. By helping regulators to understand the effect of advanced vehicle technologies on fuel economy, Autonomie enables the creation of achievable but ambitious standards.

The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

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