Special Issue on Electric Vehicle Tribology

Journal of Tribology

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Electric vehicles (EV) are growing in usage. However, they have different tribological requirements from conventional internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs). For instance, the speeds, loads, and temperatures endured by driveline components in EVs are often more severe than in ICEVs. This can influence the reliability and performance of components such as bearings and gears, as well as the design of drivetrain tribological conditions, material selection, and lubricant formulation design. In addition, the influence of electrical and magnetic fields on lubricants and tribological contacts could influence performance.

The scope of this special issue includes work on lubricant formulations, materials, corrosion, and wear mechanisms specific to electric vehicles. Research on electrical connectors or other tribological components used specifically in EVs (i.e., shock absorbers, tires, etc.) is also of interest.
The new design characteristics, materials and mechanisms related to the understanding of the tribological (friction, lubrication and/or wear) performance of components for EVs will be considered for publication. Papers reporting results that do not contribute to the direct application to EVs will not be accepted.

Topic Areas


  • EV lubricants
  • Wear of EV components
  • EHL under an electrical field
  • EV gear efficiency and durability
  • Electrically induced bearing damage (EIBD)
  • Predictive modeling of shaft voltage and tribological interface
  • Material life models
  • Greases for EV
  • Copper motor coil corrosion
  • Electrical connectors

Special Issue Publication Dates

Paper submission deadline: June 1, 2024
Initial review completed: July 30, 2024
Publication date: December 2024

Submission Instructions

Papers should be submitted electronically to the journal through the ASME Journal ToolIf you already have an account, log in as an author and select Submit Paper. If you do not have an account, you can create one here

Once at the Paper Submittal page, select the Journal of Tribology, and then select the Special Issue on Electric Vehicle Tribology.

Papers received after the deadline or papers not selected for the Special Issue may be accepted for publication in a regular issue.

Guest Editors

Dr. Wenyang Zhang, Tesla (wenyzhang@tesla.com)

Prof. Leonardo Israel Farfan Cabrera, Tecnologico de Monterrey (farfanl@tec.mx)

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