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Richard "Barney" Carlson

Research Engineer

Research Areas:
Infrastructure and Energy Storage


Richard “Barney” Carlson is a research engineer with more than 20 years of automotive research experience in industry, academic and government laboratories. As a graduate student at the University of California at Davis, he led the high voltage and powertrain team in the design, development and construction of multiple plug-in hybrid electric vehicles for the FutureCar and FutureTruck challenge, his team taking first place three times. He was awarded six patents during his time at General Motors Research and Development on efficiency improvements of powertrains for automotive systems. Since arriving at INL in 2009, he has been the principal investigator for the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) laboratory. This lab evaluates electric vehicle charging infrastructure to benchmark the state of the art technology, support codes and standards development for the automotive industry, as well as the integration of electric vehicles with renewable energy resources. He also contributes to the Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity (AVTA) through the analysis and reporting of on-road data from hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicle users. As part of the AVTA, he jointly received, with other INL colleagues, the U.S DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award in June 2015.

Digital Profiles:

​M.S., Mechanical Engineering - UC Davis

​B.S., Mechanical Engineering - UC Davis


Johnston, B.; Carlson, R.; et. al. The Continued Design and Development of the University of California, Davis FutureCar, SAE 980487, 1998.


Carlson, R., et. al., Testing and Analysis of Three Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, 2007-01-0283, SAE World Congress 2007.


Duoba, M., Lohse-Busch, H., Carlson, R., et. al. Analysis of Power-Split HEV Control Strategies Using Data from Several Vehicles, 2007-01-0291, SAE World Congress 2007.


Rousseau, A., Shidore, N., Carlson, R., et. al., Research on PHEV Battery Requirements and Evaluation of Early Prototypes, 7th International Advanced Automotive Battery & Ultracapacitor Conference ( AABC-07), 2007.


Bohn, T., Carlson, R., et. al., Automotive Alternator Synchronous Rectification Via Self-Sensing Method for Improved Vehicle Fuel Consumption, IAS conference, June 2007.


Carlson, R., et. al., On-Road Evaluation of Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicles Over a Wide Range of Ambient Temperatures, Paper #275, EVS23, 2007.


Duoba, M., Carlson, R., et. al., TEST PROCEDURES AND BENCHMARKING Blended-Type and EV-Capable Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, EVS23, 2007.


Bohn, T., Duoba, M., Carlson, R., In-Situ Torque Measurements in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrains, EVS23, 2007.


Cao, Q., Pagerit, S., Carlson, R., Rousseau, A., Plug-in HEV Hymotion Prius Model Validation, EVS23, 2007.


Ng, H., Carlson, R., et. al. Comparing the Performance of GTL/ULSD Blends in Older and Newer LD Vehicles, 08SFL-0268, SAE International Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Congress June 23-25, Shanghai, China 2008.


Rousseau, A., Shidore, N., Carlson, R., et. al., Impact of Battery Characteristics on PHEVs Fuel Economy, 8th International Advanced Automotive Battery & Ultracapacitor Conference (AABC-08), 2008.


Duoba, M., Carlson, R., et. al. Test Procedure Development for "Blended Type" Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, 2008-01-0457, SAE World Congress, 2008.


Miers, S., Carlson, R.Butanol Blends used in a Common rail Diesel Engine, SAE 2008 Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Conference, 2008.


Carlson, R., Christenson, M., et. al., Influence of Sub-Freezing Conditions on Fuel Consumption and Emissions from Two Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, EVS24, 2009.


Carlson, R, Shirk, M., Geller, B.,  Factors Affecting the Fuel Consumption of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles.  EVS25, 2010.


Carlson, R, D'Annunzio J, Fortin C, Shirk M.  Ford Escape PHEV On-Road Results from US DOE's Technology Acceleration and Deployment Activity.  EVS26 technical paper no. 2360162; 2012.


Carlson, R., On-Road Results from Charging Infrastructure and Grid Connected Vehicle Fleets, SAE Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Symposium, Anaheim, CA, INL/CON-13-28239,  February 2013.


Carlson, R., Lohse-Busch, H., Diez, J., Gibbs, J., The Measured Impact of Vehicle Mass on Road Load Forces and Energy Consumption for a BEV, HEV, and ICE Vehicle, 2013-01-1457, SAE World Congress,  2013.


Wishart, J., Carlson, R., The Electric Drive Advanced Battery (EDAB) Project: Development and Utilization of an On-Road Energy Storage System Testbed, 2013-01-1533, SAE World Congress, 2013.


Carlson, R., Electric Vehicle Miles Traveled (eVMT)Analysis of On-Road Data from Plug-in Hybrid and All-Electric Vehicles, presented to the California Air Resources Board, INL/MIS-14-32984, October 23, 2014.


Carlson, R., Normann, B.; SAE World Congress, Test Results of the PLUGLESS Inductive Charging System from Evatran Group, Inc., SAE 2014-01-1824, 2014. 


​Samie, F., Carlson, R., 2011, "Method and Apparatus for Improving Vehicle Fuel Economy," Patent 8,042,609, October 25, 2011.

Carlson, R., Gecim, B., 2010, "Hybrid clamping mechanism for belt continuously variable transmission and method of use thereof," Patent 7,686,715, March 30, 2010.

Samie, F., Carlson, R., Bartos, A., 2009, "Electronically controlled converter clutch for an automatic transmission," Patent 7,621,385, November 24, 2009.

Carlson, R., 2009, "Dual-pump fluid distribution system for a hybrid electric vehicle," Patent 7,516,807, April 14, 2009.

Lee, C., Hebbale, K., Kao, C., Samie, F., Carlson, R., 2008, "Method of controlling clutch slip during gear shifts of an automatic transmission," Patent 7,349,785, March 25, 2008.

Carlson, R., 2006, "Adaptive Hill Hold for Automotive Applications by Redundant Clutch Apply," Patent 7,136,735, November 14, 2006.


2016 USCAR Research Partner Award with SAE J2954 Wirekess Charging

U.S DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award, 2015

Research Interests:

​Vehicle systems

Electric vehicle infrastructure laboratory

Electrified Vehicle Energy Consumption Optimization 
Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Evaluation
Test Method Standardization, Optimization, and Automation
Automotive Tire Compound Adhesion Variability Evaluation
Rudimental Percussion Instruction and Performance

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