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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

  • Automotive thermal management technology

    Working paper


    An analysis of trends and developments in thermal management technology since the 2017–2025 light duty GHG/CAFE rule written by EPA and NHTSA in 2012.

  • Transmissions

    Working paper


    This paper provides an analysis of transmission technology development and trends, and compares them to the projections made by EPA and NHTSA for the 2025 CAFE regulation.

  • Naturally Aspirated Engines



    One in a series of technical briefs highlighting important innovations and trends in "conventional" automotive technologies, which are significantly outpacing projections made at the time the 2025 CAFE standards were finalized.