Location: Logan, UT Fleet Type: Electrified Roadways Research & Demonstration
For over two decades, the ASPIRE Center at Utah State University has been at the forefront of pioneering electriﬁcation eﬀorts, reshaping the transportation landscape. The journey commenced with the establishment of the SELECT Center, a dedicated hub focused on advancing electriﬁed transportation and roadways. This journey culminated in a remarkable achievement—the creation of the nation’s ﬁrst electriﬁed roadway on the Logan, UT campus. The roadway is used by ASPIRE’s industry and research partners for demonstration and testing across heavy to light duty EV vehicles. This accomplishment positioned Utah State University as an innovative leader on both national and international stages. Guided by principles rooted in engineering excellence, the ASPIRE center has fostered collaboration among diverse stakeholders, including public and private entities, local and federal governments, academia, and industry. Supported by substantial investments from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Oﬃce, the ASPIRE Center has emerged as a hub of pioneering research and innovation in electriﬁed roadways. Utah Clean Cities, as a dedicated partner intrinsically linked to this visionary engineering and electriﬁcation center, has played an instrumental role in driving this transformation forward.
The dynamic partnership between the ASPIRE center, Utah Clean Cities, local stakeholders such as the Utah Transit Authority and Utah Inland Port Authority, policymakers, and funding sources like the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Oﬃce underscores a shared commitment to driving electriﬁcation innovation. This collaboration seamlessly bridges academic research, practical applications, and policy frameworks, nurturing an environment that fosters transformative and sustainable transportation solutions. Collectively, these entities are at the forefront of the electriﬁcation journey, sculpting a future where cleaner, more intelligent transportation systems thrive under the visionary guidance of the ASPIRE center.
Outputs & Outcomes
The endeavors of the ASPIRE Center, in partnership with Utah Clean Cities, have produced tangible outputs and transformative outcomes. In addition to the installation of the wireless demonstration roadway itself, ASPIRE’s work has led to the establishment of electriﬁed transportation corridors, the deployment of innovative in-road electriﬁcation solutions, and the creation of resilient infrastructure models. The collaborative eﬀorts have led to the realization of electriﬁed roadways in major western ports which are inﬂuencing regional transportation strategies. These outputs have not only demonstrated the feasibility of roadway electriﬁcation but have also underscored the potential for cleaner, more eﬃcient transportation systems.
Best Practices & Lessons Learned
The journey of the ASPIRE center and its partnership with Utah Clean Cities have yielded valuable insights and best practices that oﬀer inspiration to others in the ﬁeld:
Innovation: The merger of scientiﬁc research with practical deployment has been instrumental in propelling the advancement of electriﬁed roads and heavy-duty transportation.
Deployment: The transition from research to tangible demonstrations, such as ports and distribution centers, has been pivotal in validating electriﬁcation concepts.
Policy Frameworks: The crafting of supportive policies has played a key role in driving the electriﬁcation revolution in transportation.
Workforce Development: The focus on transitioning traditional energy sector workers into the dynamic clean energy sector highlights the importance of adept leadership and innovative strategies.
Societal Impact Studies: The conduction of studies that eﬀectively communicate the environmental and technological advancements of electriﬁcation to communities impacted by air pollution and climate change has fostered understanding and support.