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  • From the Chair

    By Phillip Krein The IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC) has “graduated” from its status as a program initiative and is now a permanent part of the IEEE.  Even though the transition to a permanent organization is complete, TEC is one of the first such communities. Transportation electrification is a real revolution today.  The impact is ramping up in established “planes, trains, and automobiles” domains that may be familiar, but also extending to marine applications, many forms of ...

  • Hot News for EV Energy Storage

    by Robert A. Taylor and Chia-Yang Chung With the rise of Tesla, electrical vehicles (EVs) are becoming a popular alternative to conventional internal-combustion-engine (ICE) vehicles.  A recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report projects 20 million passenger EVs will be on the road by 2020 [1].  Of course, EVs do have some limitations – namely cost, driving range, and recharge time. These and other issues have hampered their widespread adoption.  Another, often overlooked, issue ...

  • Our Transportation is Literally Killing Us – Can Battery Electric Vehicles be a Better Solution?

    By Bryan Tillman, Director of Operations, Green Wheels If smoking in restaurants and bars has been banned because its effects are bad for human health, shouldn’t large “smoking” vehicles also be banned in densely populated city centers for the same reasons?  Certain cities in the European Union are considering just that - by 2050, many cities may allow only zero-emissions vehicles to travel into their city cores1. (shown ...

  • IEEE: PEV DC Fast Charging: Part 2

    By Dave Tuttle and Ross Baldick Introduction We discussed in the first article of our two-part series, that electric vehicles had the advantage of a much wider variety of locations that can provide refueling than even conventional vehicles.   Home, work, and public locations provide a far greater number of potential fueling (re-charging) points than the 168,000 gas stations (1) in the U.S.  While the vast majority of charging is presently performed ...

  • In-Vehicle Performance Validation of the Semi-Active Hybrid Energy Storage System

    By: Habib-ur Rehman, Member IEEE, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, The American University of Sharjah, P. O. Box 26666, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Email address: rhabib@aus.edu, Tel: 971-50-7330819, Fax: 971-6-5152987 Introduction A hybrid energy storage system (HESS) consisting of high-energy-density batteries and high-power-density Ultra-capacitors (UCs) can perform better than a battery alone powering an Electric Vehicle.  Hybrid energy storage can harness the benefits of the battery and UCs together and meet the energy ...