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] and in some cities they were banned from commercial operation when energy consumption overloaded national grids [3].  

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.

by Dave Tuttle

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, much higher charge rate DC-fast charging (DCFC) enables a direct connection to the DC leads to the vehicle battery for the very fastest rate charging.  

By Prof. Giambattista Gruosso

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, and finally whether they will address all the real needs of users and become commercially accepted.

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