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  • Message from the Editor-in-Chief

    15th Edition of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Newsletter - to boldly go. This issue of the TE newsletter marks a milestone - it is the 15th edition and completes over 2 years of publications. As I review the articles that have been published, I feel satisfied that we are achieving our goal; "to bridge the gap between layperson, technology practitioner, and R&D Scientist." Surprisingly for some, this dialog has not solely focused on "sexy" consumer EV applications, ...

  • The Limitations and Potential Barriers to Wide-Scale Vehicle-to-Grid in the UK?

    By: Becky Gough With such diverse potential for electric vehicles (EVs) to provide significant emission and cost savings it is sometimes difficult to see a downside to the potential EVs have to offer. However, with rapidly increasing electricity demand on the UK electricity grid due to supply diversification and an increasing population, EV charging could add to that load increase [1]. It would therefore seem that “managed charging” and discharging through vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G) will provide an ideal solution, providing peak ...

  • Challenges in More Electric Aircraft (MEA)

    By Hao Huang, IEEE Fellow, SAE Fellow Higher Energy efficiency, lower NOx emissions, and lower audible noise for aircraft have become critical issues that need to be addressed due to threats on quality of life and even survivability of our future generations. Recently, significant efforts have been made to address these environmental and resource conservation issues. The following table shows the objectives set by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Commission for 2020+:

  • Urban Trucks Will Eventually All Be Electrified, But Which Types Will Be First?

    By Benjamin Jurjevich and Andy Swanton It is quickly becoming a common notion that the future of utility trucks will be zero-emission, battery-electric [1]. It is hard to dispute, especially when considering fixed-route urban services such as waste management trucks and street sweepers. Even low mileage utility trucks such as cement mixers and yard trucks are all presently integrated with truck chassis that have horrible fuel economies, often below 4 mile-per-gallon [2].  Last week, Fleets & ...