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  • The Solar Assisted Rickshaw Van: A Complete Off-Grid Solution

    by: AKM Abdul Malek Azad For some countries, Rickshaws are intrinsic elements of a national transportation system.  As much as one enjoys a rickshaw ride, however, there is no overlooking the significant amount of labor and effort exerted by the rickshaw puller.  Battery-powered, ‘electric’ rickshaws pioneered by companies like Beevatech Ltd seemed to be a very popular solution when they were first introduced.  However, there were a number of drawbacks [1,2] ...

  • Electrified Public Transportations Promises Residual Value

    By Micheal Austin Sustainable transportation, while initially costly to implement, has long term benefits not just to the environment, but also represents additional opportunities through emerging battery technology that can be transferred to other energy applications beyond moving people around in urban areas. While consumers still struggle with return on investment for electric vehicles and the perception that they aren’t viable for travel outside urban areas, public transportation around the world is moving at ...

  • Plug-In-Hybrid Electric Vehicle DC Fast Charging: The Future Just Got More Interesting

    (Written by Dave Tuttle and edited by Manoj Kumar Mallela, editor of IEEE TEI Newsletter) Electric drive vehicles have the advantage of a much wider variety of locations that can provide refueling.  Home, work and public locations provide a far greater number of potential fueling (recharging) points than the 180,000 gas stations in the U.S.  While the vast majority of charging is performed at home overnight with low or modest rate AC charging, ...

  • An Approach for Vehicle Electrification

    By Prof. Giambattista Gruosso Dipartimento di Elettronica Informazione e Bioingegneria Politecnico di Milano Piazza Leonarda da vinci 32, 20133 Milano giambattista.gruosso@polimi.it +390223993696 Is vehicle electrification an urgent need or just a passing fad?  There is a lot of discussion about the evolution of electric vehicles and what their impact will be.  The impact is not measured solely on the grounds of the vehicle manufacturers, but also where the energy comes from and how it will be used, ...