EVX partners debut web portal for EV best practices at World EV Cities & Ecosystems conference, EV experts convene at EVS 26

July 20, 2012 03:35 PM
EVS 26
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Electric vehicle stakeholders will soon have a new place to exchange information about EV deployment best practices at,as attendees learned at the first-ever World Electric Vehicle Cities & Ecosystems (WECE) conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S., in early May 2012. The new web portal is a project of the Global Electric Vehicle Insight Exchange (EVX) that  is a partnership between leading global electric vehicle (EV) readiness initiatives— IA-HEV Task 18 EV Ecosystems, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Project Get Ready, The Clean Energy Ministerial Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), and the University of California, Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center.

Following the WECE event, EV researchers and representatives from government and industry met for the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS 26) in Los Angeles in early May 2012, the longest-running and largest series of conferences for electric transportation technologies.

The inaugural WECE conference brought together more than 200 leaders from around the world to share EV deployment experiences and best practices. It also saw the launch of the EVX project, which encompasses the EV City Casebook along with the new web portal. The World EV Cities and Ecosystems site is initially being populated with the data presented in the EV City Casebook, which features details about EV programs currently implemented in 16 cities and regions in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Highlights of the WECE conference included panels on creating charging infrastructure for cities, enhancing public engagement with EVs through providing opportunities for citizens to drive these vehicles, integrating EVs into vehicle fleets, and a look at how electric utilities and EV infrastructure providers are working with city governments to support EV fuel needs. Presentations on these topics and more aspects of EVs in cities are available for download at the website of WECE conference co-sponsor Luskin Center for Innovation, University of California, Los Angeles.

In the panel on charging infrastructure for cities, moderator Terry O’Day, director of business development at NRG Energy, opened discussion by noting that “a free charger is like a free dog – it comes with responsibilities.” Panelists echoed the sentiment that installing EV charging infrastructure was still an area for learning, as George Beard, alliance manager of research and strategic partnerships at Portland State University made observations about the Electric Avenue EV charging infrastructure initiative. He noted that EV drivers did not fully charge their cars at quick charging points, but instead would pick up enough charge for about 30 to 40 miles and then go. He listed ten early lessons learned, including that J1772 standards for plugs were not reliable. Beard’s presentation can be found at the Luskin Center website noted above. A more complete write-up can be found on  the WECE conference website.

At EVS 26, attendees heard discussions by experts from around the globe on an even broader array of EV-related topics, ranging from deeply technical studies on lithium-ion batteries and ultracapacitor systems to issues of public policy, education, and marketing. Members of several IA-HEV Tasks contributed presentations and papers to the EVS 26 proceedings, including Tasks 15 (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) and 18 (EV Ecosystems).

Presentations from the May 7 opening plenary talks by officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Toyota, and the city of Lisbon, Portugal along with a recorded webcast of the GoElectricDrive plenary session that closed the conference on May 9 are on the EV26 website.

Contributed By Kristin Abkemeier