By, Roberto Grassi , Pierluigi Rea, Paolo Maggiore, Erika Ottaviano

1. Introduction

The development of mobile security devices is becoming increasingly popular in a number of commercial and research institutions. More specifically, remote-controlled ground (or flying) vehicles have become attractive for missions where human presence is dangerous or difficult [1-4]. However, the integration between these two types of systems has not been yet proposed and it represents a challenging task. In order to design a ground/aerial system, several considerations should be addressed.

(Written by Andrey Gunawan and Pourya Shamsi, editors of IEEE TEI Newsletter)

This article is based on an edited transcript of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative and Arizona State University’s (ASU) LightWorks Lecture Series given by Micheal Austin on October 28, 2013 at the ASU SkySong in Scottsdale, AZ.

BYD stands for Build Your Dreams. It is a company founded in 1995 by a research scientist, Chuanfu Wang, who is now the Chairman of the company. In 2002-2003, BYD acquired a Chinese State-owned auto manufacturer (and thus the manufacturing license) and launched vehicle development. Their vision was to electrify transportation. In 2008, they launched the world’s first mass-produced, plug-in electric vehicle, the F3DM, and has since launched solar panel development and manufacturing, electric buses, electric taxis and other high-utility, long-range electric vehicles. 

by Thomas F. Johnson

With oil prices expected to remain at record levels and with continued volatility in the market, airlines look for new ways to save fuel and therefore money. Fuel costs are an ever-increasing drain on airline revenues and profits – accounting for up to 50% of airline direct operating costs. With this in mind, taxi operations represent a significant portion of airlines’ fuel costs – up to 6% of fleet fuel consumption for short-haul fleets operating single-aisle aircraft from congested airports. A single-aisle aircraft operates an average 2.3 total hours on the ground during 8-10 daily rotations. The global family of short-haul aircraft burns as much as five million ton of fuel per year during taxi operations alone. This amounts to an output of around 13 million tonnes of CO2 each year. 

Written by Andrey Gunawan and Pourya Shamsi, editors of IEEE TEI Newsletter

This article is written based on part of the presentation given by Lee Krevat at the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative and Arizona State University’s (ASU) LightWorks Lecture Series, ASU SkySong in Scottsdale, AZ, October 28, 2013. Lee Krevat is the director of the smart grid and clean transportation for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

SDG&E operates on the distribution and transmission levels, which supplies more than 1.4 million electric meters as well as 861,000 gas meters, serving more than 3 million people in 25 cities in Southern California. SDG&E is dynamically facing new challenges on smart grids and transportation electrification due to its geological location. Over 225 MW of distributed generation, which are mostly Photovoltaic (PV), are installed within the operation range of SDG&E. Additionally, this company supplies electricity to more than 6,000 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) drivers in their territory. 

About the Newsletter


Jin-Woo Ahn


Sheldon Williamson

TEC Call for Articles 2023 - Advances in Charging Systems

The TEC eNewsletter is now being indexed by Google Scholar and peer-reviewed articles are being submitted to IEEE Xplore.

To submit an article click here.