EI Spotlight

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Click the image to comprehend how transportation is ready for a disruptive leap that is arising from electric vehicles, charging/electrical infrastructure, ride sharing, self-driving cars, and big data. 

Get to know more about how in less than twenty years, transportation will be transformed, in large part due to improved technology, both incrementally and disruptively, and at the same time, how cars and the business models that support them will evolve to meet the demands of future users. 

This work was supported as part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research and the submitted manuscript was created by UChicago Argonne, LLC by the authors George Crabtree, Elizabeth Kocs and Bryan Tilman.


George Crabtree

The world is undergoing a historic transition...
from traditional fossil fuels to more sustainable forms of energy. These new changes affect technology, the environment, economies, and geopolitics. This landscape affords unprecedented opportunities for collaborative scientific research and education to answer global challenges with innovative and competitive solutions.

At UIC, the Energy Initiative strives towards innovation in the cross-disciplinary fields of energy and sustainability. Currently, our programs include SISE, an extensive yearly summer program, a newly launched iThink lecture series, as well as several UIC courses focused around the important issues of energy in today's society.


A universal culture of excellence and competition drives scientific discoveries and innovative technology in energy, and integrates into society through a diverse, but balanced, energy portfolio. Individuals make educated decisions on energy at the personal and civic levels.


To inspire and cultivate the minds of future decision makers to pursue energy research and innovation through four directions

  • Develop educational opportunities based on authoritative information, critical thinking, and the cross-disciplinary nature of energy
  • Enhance the UIC urban educational mission, strengthen its energy program, and engage students to solve real world energy problems
  • Foster local-to-global urban energy communities to identify, strategize, and achieve energy-related goals
  • Pursue coordinated funding energy initiatives based on peer and institutional research networks