Several such tools are now available to the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. The applicability of each tool is summarized in Figure 2-1. Some of them have been developed, at least in part, by the Partnership and some have been developed outside. This set of systems analysis tools is now providing useful technical capabilities at the vehicle and fuel system levels. Increasingly, it is also providing capabilities at the implementation, impact, and policy levels.
The Phase 1 report reviewed the status of the available analysis tools and how they were then being used. The committee that wrote that report made recommendations in three areas:
Continuing broad assessments to guide future research priorities and national transportation energy policy.
Developing and using models to better understand consumer behavior during market transitions to new vehicle technologies and fuels.