Fleet-wide spatial and temporal life cycle assessment of light-duty vehicles in the United States: Lightweighting vs. Electrification

Di Wu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I'm a 4th-year PhD student working with Dr. Randolph Kirchain in the Materials Systems Laboratory of MIT. I obtained my Master's degree also from MIT in 2014.My current research focuses on the environmental impacts of advanced light duty vehicles, with an emphasis on the influences of driving behaviors and regional characteristics on emissions. 


Automakers are actively pursuing technological solutions to improve fuel economy, including both electrification of the drivetrain and mass reduction through materials substitution. Although these technologies improve the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Di Wu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  2. Robert De Kleine (Ford Motor Company)
  3. Mehdi Noori (Massa)
  4. Hyung Chul Kim (Ford)
  5. Timothy J. Wallington (for)
  6. Frank Field (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  7. Randolph E. Kirchain (Materials Systems Laboratory, Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Topic Areas

• Life cycle sustainability assessment , • Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Management and technology for sustainable and resilient energy, water, food, materials,


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