Being at IEEE ECCE in Cincinnati, OH a couple of weeks ago, significant emphasis was given to aircraft electrification as a general theme during the opening plenary talks. Industry leaders from GE Aviation, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, and NASA all emphasized ongoing and future efforts and plans for aerospace and aircraft electrification. In parallel with these outstanding efforts from key industrial and government players in this field, automotive has been seeing a significant electrification trend. In August 2017, CNN reported on a General Motors initiative to sell a purely electric two-seater car for approximately $5,300 in China. Earlier in July 2017, Volvo announced going all-electric or hybrid-electric in 2019. Several other automotive giants have been going the electrification route as well. Among the key enabling technologies being adopted for these initiatives are those based on innovations from members of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community, whether in direct efforts or through fundamental research contributions. With electrification, however, comes many infrastructural needs, in addition to many reliability and safety considerations, and challenges for packaging, system integration, cybersecurity and networks, autonomous or semi-autonomous capabilities, and others. 
by:  Qing-Chang Zhong (
Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Founder, Syndem LLC


Electric vehicles (EVs) offer a promising solution to electrify transportation for potential greenhouse gas reductions and cost savings. EVs are also identified as flexible resources for grid integration with the ability to mitigate the increasing complexity issues of the grid, e.g., the duck curve caused by increasing penetration of renewables. The BP Energy Outlook predicts that about 100 million EVs will be on the road worldwide by 2035 [1]. 

by Federico Duperly and Alison Bayzat

EcoCAR 3 is the latest installment in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series, hosted by General Motors and the US Department of Energy, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory.  This competition challenges students from 16 schools across North America to transform a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid vehicle, while maintaining its consumer appeal and living up to the “Camaro” legacy.

By Yijiie Wang and Don Tan
The 2017 IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, Asia-Pacific (ITEC Asia-Pacific 2017) hosted by Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) was held in Harbin from the 7th to 10th of August. President of HIT Prof. Yu Zhou, was the General Chair for this conference, Vice President of HIT Prof. Dianguo Xu, IEEE Fellow Dr. Don Tan and Secretary-General of China Electrotechnical Society (CES) Mr. Xiangjing Pei addressed the conference attendees during the opening ceremony.

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