Everything You Want to Know About EV

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l report, “Transportation Electrification,” which highlights technological advances in the industry that will make vehicles safer, less reliant on fossil fuels, and eventually autonomous.

Want to learn about the latest in electrified transportation? Whether you’re interested in new charging systems and batteries, the effect of electric vehicles on the power grid, or where EVs are headed in the coming years, IEEE has a number of resources to keep you in the know.

The IEEE Transportation Electrification (TE) Initiative is driving the development of these resources. Created in 2012 by the IEEE Future Directions Committee, the initiative aims to accelerate the implementation and advancement of EV technologies through its Web portal, e-newsletter, and other resources. Several IEEE magazines and journals also cover these and related topics.

ONE-STOP SHOP

Whether they’re designing new technologies, developing standards, or holding conferences, IEEE members are working hard to get more electric vehicles on the road. Their efforts are showcased on the IEEE Transportation Electrification Web portal—a one-stop shop for research, new developments, and IEEE activities. The portal doesn’t just deal with electric automobiles: It covers all kinds of electrified transportation, including postal and delivery trucks, as well as ships, planes, and trains.

The site also has up-to-date information on the development of standards and allied EV technologies, such as wireless networks and energy storage systems. It offers a calendar of events, such as the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), to be held in Dearborn, Mich., in June, and ITEC Asia-Pacific, in August in Beijing. Topics at the two conferences will include power electronics and motor drives, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and standards and regulations for transportation electrification. Other conferences are described here.

A number of educational resources are on the website’s Education page. For example, you’ll find a series of five lessons on EV batteries that delve into the modeling and design of next-generation lithium-ion batteries.

The page also offers hands-on projects that instructors can use in lessons for their engineering students about EV technology. In Coping With the Energy Demand for Charging Plug-in Vehicles, for example, students use MATLAB software simulations to analyze how the number of vehicles being charged affects energy distribution on the power grid. Students also learn how energy-dispatching strategies and new battery-charging methods might help with this distribution. Descriptions and materials for this and other projects can be downloaded for free.

From the site, you can also subscribe to the monthly IEEE Transportation Electrification Newsletter. Launched in September, the e-newsletter has covered such topics as automotive power electronics, batteries and fuel cells, charging systems, vehicle networks, and system architectures for EV components. February’s newsletter reported on a survey by Pecan Street, a market researcher in Austin, Texas, that asked owners of the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi I-MiEV, and Tesla Model S about their overall experience and whether they were satisfied with their vehicles.

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