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The Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies (CAVT) is a University of Alabama Research Center dedicated to the advancement of vehicle technology.  Based on unique, interdisciplinary research and education programs, it strives to provide the vehicular industry with novel ideas, scientific consultation, as well as new generations of engineers and scientists formed in the latest technologies in this field.  Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the campus of the University of Alabama, it is at the heart of the automotive industry emergence in the United States Southeast region.   


The vision of the Center is to assist in the development of efficient, safe, secure, economical, durable, comfortable, and user- and environmentally-friendly vehicles for meeting the transportation needs of America through discovery, research and education.


The Center provides, through government grants and industry contracts, state-of-the-art scientific and engineering programs staffed by the University of Alabama engineering and scientific faculty.  Its primary focus is on four technical areas:


         Energy storage

         Materials and manufacturing


On this website you will find a sample of the personnel and facilities available to the CAVT, as well as examples of current projects.  In addition, the CAVT works closely with other University of Alabama Research Centers, particularly the University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA), for transportation research, and the Alabama Productivity Center (APC) for industrial management and productivity improvement programs.  The Center thus provides the depth of academic know-how and the breadth of expertise needed to address the vehicular industry’s modern challenges.  For students and prospective employers, the University provides with this Center opportunities for an inter-disciplinary education as well as research projects to prepare the next generation of vehicular engineers.




Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies

Box 870277

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487