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Introduction to Special Two Part Series on Wireless Power Transfer (WPT)

Xiaodong Shi (Lead Editor-WPT Series)

My name is Xiaodong Shi and I am the lead editor for IEEE’s Transportation Electrification Initiative eNewsletter Special edition on Wireless Power Transfer (WPT). It has been a pleasure to have brought you this important two-part series on an important emerging technology that could enable the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. In part one of the series (the July edition), we covered the basics concepts and recent developments in research and WPT education methods. In this, our concluding part of the series, (September edition) we will look at the commercialization of WPT, Roadway powered vehicles, WPT thermal modeling and WPT safety concerns.

Part One (July edition) contains four articles covering basics concepts and recent developments in research and WPT education methods:

Basic principle and different approaches of wireless charging technology including: conventional stationary wireless charging, quasi-dynamic wireless charging and dynamic wireless charging (By Dr. Joachim G. Taiber from Clemson University International Center of Automotive Research, South Carolina, US).
Study methods for wireless charging methods from the perspective of mathematical analysis and modeling (By Dr. Chris Mi from University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan, US).
Wireless charging research activities and the practical implementation of WPT at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (By Dr. Omer C. Onar, etc. from ORNL, US).
Practical challenges involved in the introduction of wireless charging technology into passenger vehicles (By Dr. John M. Miller from JNJ Miller plc, US).

Part Two (September 2014) contains four articles and will cover the aspects of product development, deployment and commercialization:

Large-scale, Commercial Wireless Inductive Power Transfer (WIPT) for Fixed Route bus rapid transportation (By Matt Jurjevich, Columbia University and BYD).
Wireless Power Transfer Systems for Roadway-powered Electric Vehicles (By Dr. Chun T. Rim, KAIST, South Korea).
Coupled Electromagnetic – Thermal Simulation for High Power Wireless Power Transfer (By Dr. Xiao Hu principal engineer at ANSYS Inc.)
The Unique Safety Concerns of Wireless Charging (By Joe Bablo, Ken Boyce, and Hai Jiang Underwriters Laboratories (UL) LLC.)

Thank you for your interest and please stand tuned for upcoming editions of the eNewsletter later this year.


Xiaodong Shi

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Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost crash as Formula E begins with a prang

  • Beijing race turns on collision between Heidfeld and Prost
  • Lucas di Grassi benefits to win inaugural Formula E event
  • Prost accepts blame for final-lap crash

The advent of electronic motor racing may herald an era of quieter cars, but the inaugural Formula E event nonetheless ended with a resounding bang as Nick Heidfelds car was involved in a remarkable final-lap collision in Beijing. As he attempted to pass Nicolas Prost, Heidfeld was clipped by the Frenchman and sent careering from the track, his vehicle flipping into a barrier.

As the Germans team looked on in dismay, the car landed upside down before the driver clambered out unscathed. The aggrieved Heidfeld was subsequently confronted by an equally displeased Prost. Having led the field for much of the 25-lap race, Prost, son of the four-time former Formula One champion Alain Prost, had been on course to claim the points only for the final-lap collision to hand victory to the Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi.

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(8/28) IEEE Webinar-The ABC’s of EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase energy independence. If their charging is managed properly, they can also be a tool for fortifying the grid and increasing the integration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. However there are many differences in the ownership experience between a traditional internal combustion vehicle and an EV. These range from maintenance requirements and daily refueling, to road tripping and group charging with other EV owners. This presentation will focus on the various issues associated with daily EV usage and EV ownership. This information is important to consider when planning for mass EV adoption. It is also important to convey to the public so they are more informed about life with an EV.

To Register for this event please see: ABCsEV

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(Fall 2014) IEEE Charges The Road to Electrified Transport at Series of International Conferences

(Fall 2014) IEEE Charges The Road to Electrified Transport at Series of International Conferences


Beijing, Vancouver, Portugal, Vienna, Dallas and Florence among event locations to connect with electric vehicle ecosystem at IEEE, industry events

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, XX AUGUST 2014 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced its participation at a series of worldwide events to promote industry insights that advance transportation electrification. Kicking off in Beijing on August 31 and continuing on to Vancouver, Portugal, Vienna, Dallas and ending in Florence on December 19, the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative will reach electric vehicle (EV) stakeholders at 12 different events around the globe.

“Vehicle electrification is gaining critical momentum in all major markets. As the first generation of products have been introduced, manufacturers are learning more and more about the true customer demands and standardization needs,” said Joachim Taiber, conferences committee chair for the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative. “Today, we see that EV—including hybrid vehicles—sales are continuously growing and provide consumers the option to drive emission-free on shorter distances and pushing the development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Our Transportation Electrification Initiative conference and event program is oriented towards identifying needs both for innovation and standardization within the EV ecosystem.

As the EV community seeks insightful information and meaningful ways to make electrified transportation a reality, the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative and its experts will showcase thought-provoking presentations on industry-leading topics, including battery technologies, advanced charging, powertrains and connected vehicles. All of this will need to be integrated with the smart grid, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the intelligent highway as we move to the next level of transportation.

“Our presence at 12 global events underscores IEEE’s promise to champion the electrified transportation systems of tomorrow and will connect the EV industry with IEEE standards and educational opportunities to spearhead the next generation of services and applications,” said Lee Stogner, chairman of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative. “Our overall goal is to make transportation clean, efficient, connected and safe.”

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Volvo and Renault lead way as electric car sales double in EU

50,000 plug-in vehicles sold in 2013, up from 22,000 in 2012, but electric models still tiny fraction of all new cars sold

New models helped sales of electric cars in the European Union double in 2013, but the zero-emission vehicles still only account for one in every 250 new cars sold.

Electric cars are a crucial part of government policies tackling both air pollution and climate change, but car manufacturers have lobbied hard against rules to cut emissions.

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UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate advisers warn

Government’s flagship energy efficiency schemes are found wanting in report by Committee on Climate Change

The coalitions flagship insulation programmes have failed to put the UK on the right track to meet its commitments on cutting greenhouse gases, a review by the statutory advisers on climate change has found.

The number of cavity wall insulations one of the most effective measures for cutting energy use has plunged by more than two-thirds owing to a change in government schemes to encourage insulation.

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China makes new electric cars tax-free

Buyers of fully electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars will not have to pay purchase tax from September to the end of 2017

China will exempt electric cars and other types of “new energy” vehicles from purchase tax, the government said, as it seeks to reduce pollution and conserve resources.

The State Council, or cabinet, said that buyers of new energy vehicles fully electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars would not have to pay the levy from September to the end of 2017, according to a statement.

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Grid-connected Electric Buses Could Displace Diesels

By Martin LaMonica 29 May 2014

Anyone who has taken a school bus is familiar with the crunching sound of an idling diesel engine—and the nasty exhaust they give off. Researchers at the University of Delaware argue that cleaner electric school buses can make financial sense for school districts if they provide services to grid operators.

In an economic analysis published in Applied Energy and announced yesterday, researchers found that switching over to a fleet of electric buses, each of which costs more than twice a diesel bus, could save a school $38 million over at typical 14-year lifespan. “It would be cheaper to operate these buses,” said Jeremy Firestone, director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware. “And kids don’t need to be exposed to diesel fumes.”

The University of Delaware has an ongoing experiment that’s at the leading edge of vehicle-to-grid technology. It has 15 electric Mini Cooper sedans that earn money by providing quick bursts of power—as short as a few seconds or as long as several minutes–to balance the local electric grid. The cars’ batteries effectively act as a mini power plant, providing frequency regulation services that are normally provided by fossil fuel plants or very large stationary batteries.

Electric school buses could provide the same services and, in some ways, are better suited for the task than consumer-owned plug-in cars. Because electric buses are only used for short periods of time, their batteries are typically available for many hours of the day, which makes them more valuable to the local grid operator that would purchase frequency regulation services. Also, fleet owners are more likely to invest in the inverter and control hardware to create two-way connection to the grid.

The shorter range of an electric bus compared to a diesel bus is not going to be a problem for most urban and suburban school districts, said Firestone. Regenerative braking from frequent stops can aid battery range as well.

The analysis included the medical and climate benefits of using an electric bus. Even when they were not included, a vehicle-to-grid-capable electric bus could save a school district more than $5,700 per seat over its life, according to lead author Lance Noel.

Diesel exhaust, which contains benzene and soot, is classified as a probable human carcinogen by many government agencies, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the US Environmental Protection Agency. And children are particularly susceptible to the adverse respiratory effects from fine particular matter, according to the nonprofit Environment and Human Health. It’s estimated that 0.3 percent of in-cabin air comes from the bus’s exhaust, the University of Delaware paper notes.

Practically speaking, many school districts will be unwilling or unable to pay more for electric buses. In its test, the University of Delaware ran its analysis with a bus that costs $260,000, compared to $110,000 for an equivalent diesel.

Firestone speculated that parents could be motivated by the health benefits of an electric bus to press school districts to pay the higher upfront costs. Also, a third-party fleet operator could own the buses and earn money from the frequency regulation grid services. Third-party ownership of rooftop solar panels has helped fuel rapid growth of distributed solar in the U.S. States and the federal government could also provide financing for first-of-a-kind vehicle-to-grid projects, Firestone said.

Another variable in vehicle-to-grid technology is the local grid operator. The University of Delaware is earning money with its fleet of electric Mini Coopers with PJM, which is a large and progressive grid operator. PJM makes relatively large frequency regulation payments and pays more for fast-acting energy resources, such as batteries, which has helped enable a number of innovative applications. For example, the Philadelphia subway authority has been able to finance an energy storage system that captures energy from braking trains and provides balancing services to the local grid.

Firestone is hopeful that school districts will consider electric buses when they need to upgrade. “Once you have the first couple installed and people understand both the economic and health benefits, it’s an idea that could catch on rather quickly,” he said.

For Entire Article Please See: Grid-connected Electric Buses Could Displace Diesels

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Audi has blueprints for range of high-performance electric cars

German firm gearing up to take on US firm Tesla Motors with its first purely electric car, a version of its R8 supercar due in 2015

Audi has drawn up blueprints for a range of high-performance electric cars to take on US firm Tesla Motors, according to sources at the German carmaker.

Consumers have largely shunned battery-powered vehicles because of their high price tags and limited driving range as well as the scarcity of charging stations. But many analysts predict sales will rise sharply by the end of the decade.

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