Everything You Want to Know About EVs

IEEE resources can help you stay current with electrified transportation

7 April 2014

Want to learn about the latest in electrified transportation? Whether you’re interested in new charging systems and batteries, the effect of electric vehicles on the power grid, or where EVs are headed in the coming years, IEEE has a number of resources to keep you in the know.

The IEEE Transportation Electrification (TE) Initiative is driving the development of these resources. Created in 2012 by the IEEE Future Directions Committee, the initiative aims to accelerate the implementation and advancement of EV technologies through its Web portal, e-newsletter, and other resources. Several IEEE magazines and journals also cover these and related topics.

ONE-STOP SHOP

Whether they’re designing new technologies, developing standards, or holding conferences, IEEE members are working hard to get more electric vehicles on the road. Their efforts are showcased on the IEEE Transportation Electrification Web portal—a one-stop shop for research, new developments, and IEEE activities. The portal doesn’t just deal with electric automobiles: It covers all kinds of electrified transportation, including postal and delivery trucks, as well as ships, planes, and trains.

The site also has up-to-date information on the development of standards and allied EV technologies, such as wireless networks and energy storage systems. It offers a calendar of events, such as the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), to be held in Dearborn, Mich., in June, and ITEC Asia-Pacific, in August in Beijing. Topics at the two conferences will include power electronics and motor drives, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and standards and regulations for transportation electrification. Other conferences are described here.

A number of educational resources are on the website’s Education page. For example, you’ll find a series of five lessons on EV batteries that delve into the modeling and design of next-generation lithium-ion batteries.

The page also offers hands-on projects that instructors can use in lessons for their engineering students about EV technology. In Coping With the Energy Demand for Charging Plug-in Vehicles, for example, students use MATLAB software simulations to analyze how the number of vehicles being charged affects energy distribution on the power grid. Students also learn how energy-dispatching strategies and new battery-charging methods might help with this distribution. Descriptions and materials for this and other projects can be downloaded for free.

From the site, you can also subscribe to the monthly IEEE Transportation Electrification Newsletter. Launched in September, the e-newsletter has covered such topics as automotive power electronics, batteries and fuel cells, charging systems, vehicle networks, and system architectures for EV components. February’s newsletter reported on a survey by Pecan Street, a market researcher in Austin, Texas, that asked owners of the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi I-MiEV, and Tesla Model S about their overall experience and whether they were satisfied with their vehicles.

You can also keep tabs on the TE initiative via Facebook, Flipboard, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

FURTHER READING

A number of other publications available in IEEE Xplore tackle topics related to electrical transportation. Published by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, the quarterly IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine features articles on advances in systems for high-speed electric trains, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication networks.

IEEE Electrification Magazine, another quarterly, delves into onboard microgrids for airplanes, electric vehicles, trains, and ships. It also covers off-grid applications for microgrids, which can supply electricity to remote areas far from high-voltage power lines. The magazine is sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

Published nine times a year by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology covers topics that include automotive electronics, fuel-cell vehicles, communications and signal technology for electric trains, and mobile networks for aircraft and land vehicles.

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