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, but rather, we’ve had a balanced approach, addressing some of the most important areas for electrification: bus, truck, taxi, aircraft and marine.

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 demand support when required. Several setbacks could hinder the uptake of this technology and in this article we look to discuss some of the factors that could affect the timely and effective uptake of V2G in the UK over the coming years.

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+:

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 & Fuels published an article supporting the “electrified” business case and illustrating an example of a repowered TransPower Electric Truck that could payback conversion investments in as few as 150,000 miles [3]

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