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Tools & Templates

Greening the Grid seeks to connect energy and the transport system stakeholders to tools and templates they can use to analyze and understand electric vehicle issues. The tools below have been developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory or other U.S. Department of Energy labs and are used around the world for electric vehicle analysis.

Transportation Annual Technology Baseline (ATB) data

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Transportation Annual Technology Baseline (ATB) provides detailed cost and performance data, estimates, and assumptions for vehicle and fuel technologies in the United States.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection Tool (EVI-Pro) Lite

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

EVI-Pro Lite provides estimates on how much electric vehicle (EV) charging might be needed at a city- and state level.

Future Automotive Systems Technology Simulator (FASTSim)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

FASTSim simulates fuel and energy consumption for a range (e.g. conventional, electric, hybrid, fuel cell) of vehicle types that can be used to evaluate vehicle performance under a range of driving conditions. In less than 5 minutes, researchers can perform efficiency and cost comparisons of vehicle powertrains. This free tool, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicles Technologies Office, is available in Microsoft Excel and Python formats.

Drive-Cycle Rapid Investigation, Visualization, and Evaluation (DRIVE) Analysis tool

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The DRIVE analysis tool produces vehicle drive cycles based on GPS and controller area network data. This tool can quickly analyze real-world data as well as compare vehicle operation to industry-standard test cycles. Benefits include statistical results and test cycles for researchers and an understanding of how people drive that could help guide policy for regulators.

Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) tool

Argonne National Laboratory

The AFLEET tool uses data from Argonne’s Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) fuel-cycle model to estimate petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution emissions, and cost of ownership of light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles.

Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model

Argonne National Laboratory

The GREET model is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and is used for energy use and U.S. emission output simulation of various vehicle types and fuel combinations.

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