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John German

John German

Senior Fellow / US Co-Lead
Works out of: Ann Arbor, MI
Started w/ ICCT in: 2009

John German’s focus is on technology innovation and U.S. policy development. Mr. German has been involved with advanced technology and efficiency since joining Chrysler in 1976, where he spent 8 years in Powertrain Engineering working on fuel economy issues. He then spent 13 years doing research and writing regulations for EPA’s Office of Mobile Sources’ laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI, followed by 11 years as Manager of Environmental and Energy Analyses for American Honda Motor Company. Mr. German is the author of a variety of technical papers and a book on hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles published by SAE. He was the first recipient of the Barry D. McNutt award, presented annually by SAE for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Michigan and got over half way through an MBA before he came to his senses.

Recent Work

  • CO2 reduction technologies for the European car and van fleet: A 2025-2030 assessment

    White paper


    Presents detailed results and methodology of a study using computer simulation modeling, vehicle tear-down analysis, and additional supplementary data to estimate compliance costs of potential vehicle CO2 emission standards for the European passenger car and light-commercial vehicle fleets in 2025–2030.

  • From laboratory to road: A 2016 update

    White paper


    Extends an analysis of the gap between official and real-world fuel consumption and CO2 emission values for passenger cars in Europe and investigates the reasons for the increasing gap.

  • Automotive thermal management technology



    Highlights developments in technologies that contribute to vehicle fuel efficiency by improving control of heat in the powertrain and the passenger cabin. Few thermal management technologies were explicitly incorporated into the technology projections for the US 2025 CAFE standards.