Electric Vehicles and Personal Transportation Workshop
On March 4, 2011, IEEE USA, held its “Electric Vehicles and Transportation Workshop” in Austin, Texas. This workshop was designed to stimulate discussion on Electric vehicles. Electric Vehicles are a reality. But how far can they go with current batteries? How far can they travel on future batteries? What are the issues and solutions for connecting these vehicles to the electric grid? Where and how will they get charged? This forum examined many of these challenges and opportunities. Participants heard from leading technology, market, and policy experts and had the opportunity to share their perspectives with speakers and colleagues.
This one-day workshop brought a number of critical issues and challenges to the forefront, with insight and expertise offered by speakers during two keynote addresses, sessions, and hands-on exhibits. The attendees had an opportunity to see, touch and discuss a Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf plus a variety of electric scooters and bicycles.
The opening keynote speech was provided by Karl Rabago, Vice President of Austin Energy.
Mr. Rabago gave an overview of Austin Energy’s roadmap for the introduction of electric vehicles in their marketplace. He highlighted that climate change is real and that it is unlikely that society can Identify or justify the return on investment for the future of our grandchildren. He highlighted the details of Austin Electrics commitment to such an investment.
Mr. Rabago’s keynote talk can be viewed at http://www.ieeeusa.org/calendar/conferences/annualmeeting/2011/video/rabago.asp
The luncheon keynote speech was conducted by Dr. Robert Hebner, Director of the Center for Electromagnetics at the University of Texas at Austin
Dr Hebner began his discussion with a summary of a recent session with regulators. Dr. Hebner discussed the regulators’ view of emerging technology versus the developers’ view of emerging technology. He emphasized that the two views are sometimes quite different and that regulators will need to embrace change and innovation. Dr. Hebner discussed the implications of electric vehicles and air pollution and the innovation taking place at the University of Texas at Austin and the Pecan Street Project. The Pecan sStreet Project is a reuse and redevelopment, mixed use project of the old Austin airport. This is a consumer-centric project that requires consumer / community input for development. Suppliers benefit from the early knowledge provided by the community. Dr. Hebner highlighted the potential for this one-of-a-kind experiment to facilitate the growth of smart grid in Austin and across the nation.
Dr. Hebner’s keynote can be found at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/calendar/conferences/annualmeeting/2011/video/hebner.asp
Among the session topics covered:
The Electric Vehicle Market
Moderator: Bill Williams
Craig Eppling – General Motors, Regional Communications Manager
Mark Perry – Director of Product Planning Nissan America
Dr. Ali Emadi – Founder and President of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology, Inc.
Harris Perlstein Endowed Chair, Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology.
Rob Ferber – Chief Technology Officer, KLD Energy Technologies
Moderator: Dr. Russell Lefevre
Justin Merrill – AMD, Electric Vehicle Charging Station Models / Solutions
Blake Dickinson – Director of Customer Satisfaction, AeroViroment
Rachel Proctor May – Senior Research Analyst, Austin Energy Emerging Transportation Technologies
PEV’s and the Electric Business
Moderator: Dr. Mayer Sasson
Harold Adams – Senior Planning Engineer, Downes Associates, Inc
Dr. James Gover – Kettering University,
Dr. Chris Mi – University of Michigan, Dearborn
Moderator: Doug Taggart
Dave Goldstein – Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington
Dr. Veronika Rabl – Principal, Vision and Results
John Voelcker – Editor of High Gear Media.
Managing PEV Loads
Moderator: Russ Harrison
Mark Kapner – Senior Strategy Planner, Austin Energy
Paul Wattles – Demand Response Supervisor, ERCOT
Dr. Saifer Rahman – Professor, Advanced Research Institute, Virginia Institute of Technology
Electric Vehicle Policy Issues
Moderator: Erica Wissolik
Jess Trotten – Director, Competitive Markets, Texas PUC
Austin S. Librach, P.E., AICP – Director of Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy
Chuck Harder – Director of Regulatory Policy and External Relations, CenterPoint Energy
PEV’s and the Electric Grid – Technology Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Dr. S. Hossein Mousavinezhad
Dr. Don Hillebrand – Argonne National Lab
Joe Redfield – Southwest Research Institute
Dr. John Goodenough – University of Texas at Austin
Personal Electric Transportation
Moderator: Kenny Rice
Dave Wilson – Director of Corporate Marketing and Academic Programs, National Instruments, Labview e-Bike
Alexis Kwasinki – Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Mark SZE-To – Electric Avenue at Austin
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