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Internship at UC Davis, and Efficient Drivetrains Inc. California. By (Aakash) Vishnu Harran Amul

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Internship at UC Davis, and Efficient Drivetrains Inc. California

Coast2Coast EV Program under the Consulate General of the Netherlands at San Francisco USA, Connects the Dutch Universities and the Companies with the and western regions of the US. The organisation mainly focuses in the field of E-Mobility, agriculture and Finance. It provides opportunities to exchange information, ideas , innovation and business between Netherlands and the western regions of the USA mainly in California. As a second year student Master’s Student of Eindhoven University of Technology or TU/Eindhoven. I was very much interested to explore the wide opportunities in California relating to E-Mobility. I am doing my research in the field of E Mobility specialising in Hybrid Power trains for PHEVS, EVs to optimise performance and cost. The Eindhoven University of Technology also called as TU Eindhoven is a part of the Coast 2 Coast EV program. TU/Eindhoven is a top research institute in Netherlands as well as Europe. UC Davis in California USA is in also a part of the program. I was able to explore different atmospheres of E mobility research both in USA and Europe through this program.

What do I research here?!

I got this valuable connection of Prof Dr Andrew A Frank (Andy) through Dr Peter Van Deventer and Mr John van den Heuvel. Prof Andy is a very popular figure in the field of Plug in Hybrid Vehicles. He was a professor at UC Davis California but now he is the CTO of Efficient Drive Trains Inc (EDI). He owns a large number of patents and research in the field of E-mobility. EDI is one of the Silicon valley start- ups making PHEV kits, CVT Powertrains and Drive Train Solutions for leading Companies like PG&E, Toyota, Ford Etc. As an intern my ambition to explore the E- Mobility World was very Exciting. Out of interest I planned to do research on the PHEV charging safety mechanism and a policy study for India.

  • PHEV/EV charging safety system

We use electricity and it is a basic need for everyone around the world. We only see the sockets and switch board. What is behind the wall is a mystery. When we connect a high power battery pack in an EV or a PHEV or even a Power wall System it is going to act like a load drawing more current to charge the batteries. The building’s wirings have many problems like Loose connections and using lower quality wires that are not suitable for thes loads. If this is not monitored it is going to burn down the building as well as the connected battery source.

So I decided to make a safety system that is simple and cost effective. The system will detect the problems like loose connections and faulty wirings. This will be useful not only now but also for the future when the grid is loaded with EVs and more appliances.

  • Step by Step implementation of PHEVs and PHEVLERS in India Using Existing Infrastructure and Renewable Energy ( A Policy Suggestion)

My internship Experience:

It was an unforgettable experience: a six-month internship at UC Davis and Efficient Drivetrains Inc. I did my internship under Professor Andrew Frank, who is also known as the father of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Of all the university’s campuses, the University of California at Davis, known as UC Davis, is the biggest. This is a university town and the campus is a dominant presence. When I first arrived, I was amazed to see various departments and different streams like Engineering, Law, Medical and Management all in one place. Part of UC Davis is also located in Sacramento, which is the capital of California.

California! Just hearing the name, makes you smile and feel warm! What’s it known for? It is among the top states in the US for entertainment. It is also known for Silicon Valley; lots of IT companies are established in the Northern California region.

California also is the birthplace of TESLA, a leading electric vehicle manufacturer. As I am from the Automotive group, I found my visit to the TESLA Factory very exciting. I also got a chance to visit the Formula E-Prix in Long Beach, Los Angeles County. It was really cool to see electric cars gearing so fast.

California is a place where you can enjoy a range of climates, from hot sun and dry desert to cold winds, rain, and snow. What’s more, it’s a party place! I had lots of fun there in the US. San Francisco is the best place to go on the weekend. Los Angeles is another beautiful city; it’s located in Southern California. In California you can find a variety of populations including lots of Mexicans, Chinese, Indians and other Asians.

If you are Asian, you will not feel lonely because California is full of Asians. So it is easy to get Asian food. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are lots of restaurant chains around.

I would say that like the rest of Europe, the Netherlands has the best public transportation system, do not expect this in the US. It is convenient to have a vehicle of your own.

The United States is a very big country with lots of opportunities as well as a great deal of fun to offer.

By: (Aakash) Vishnu Harran Amul | MSc Automotive Technology

 

The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research becomes 28th member of U.S./Dutch Coast to Coast e-Mobility Initiative

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The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research
becomes 28th member of U.S./Dutch Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility Initiative

 

Long Beach — April 2, 2016, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is set to become the 28th member of the Coast to Coast e-Mobility Initiative, aimed at developing the United States and Dutch Smart e-Mobility market. The signing ceremony takes place at the Formula E Grand Prix in Long Beach, California on April 2nd, 2016. The ceremony is set to be led by Djoeke Adimi, Consul General of the Netherlands, and will include Giorgio Rizzoni, director of CAR, Peter van Deventer, director of Coast to Coast e-Mobility, and Elisabeth Post, Vice Governor of the Province of Noord-Holland.

IMG-20160402-WA0023“Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility is very excited that the Center for Automotive Research is joining the initiative,” says Peter van Deventer, director of Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility. “I consider the center to be a great asset to the transatlantic cooperation between The Netherlands and the United States and their ambitions to accelerate the introduction of smarter and cleaner transportation.”

CAR is a premier automotive research center in the United States, with a strong focus on academic and applied research in the field of zero-emission mobility. Additionally, its broad portfolio on a wide range of other sustainable mobility research and development makes it an ideal member of the initiative.

“The Center for Automotive Research is pleased to join the Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility Initiative,” says Rizzoni. “Knowledge and innovation exchange are important elements that are central to the mission of the center as an educational institution, and we look forward to participating in this partnership.”

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TomTom becomes 27th member of US/Dutch Coast to Coast e-Mobility Initiative

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TomTom becomes 27th member of
US/Dutch Coast to Coast e-Mobility Initiative

 

San Francisco — On March 30th, 2016, TomTom becomes the 27th member of the Coast to Coast e-Mobility Initiative to cooperate and develop the US and Dutch Smart e-Mobility market. The signing ceremony takes place at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco. The ceremony is led by Ms. Djoeke Adimi, Consul General, who signs on behalf of the Dutch Government. Mr. Ralf-Peter Schäfer signs on behalf of TomTom and Dr. Peter van Deventer on behalf of Coast to Coast e-Mobility. Ms. Elisabeth Post, Vice Governor of the Province of Noord-Holland will attend the ceremony as well.

“Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility is very excited that TomTom joins the partnership”, says Peter van Deventer, Director, “TomTom has become one of the most prominent data solution providers for Smart Mobility and eMobility challenges. They also strongly focus on research and development. I consider TomTom a great asset to the transatlantic cooperation between The Netherlands and California and their ambitions to accelerate the introduction of smarter and cleaner transportation.”

35de433c-d293-467f-b031-eddd79e242ac“We are very happy to be joining the Coast-to-Coast e-Mobility initiative”, says Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Head of Traffic at TomTom. “California is a leading region for e-Mobility and being part of the initiative will enable TomTom to partner with business and government in developing future approaches to smart mobility. As a leading provider of maps, traffic, and navigation, TomTom is ideally placed to address the future needs for cities and OEMs. With our extensive experience, we can help in reducing congestion and pollution as well as helping electric vehicles to perform better by avoiding traffic and reliably predicting their range.”

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Greenlots and Hawaiian Electric demonstrate fast charger with storage and vehicle-grid integration

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Greenlots and Hawaiian Electric Company have collaborated to demonstrate a fast charger that incorporates Greenlots’ SKY vehicle-grid integration (VGI) platform, as well as stationary storage.

The Greenlots SKY Smart Charging platform, which uses OpenADR and the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), can respond to demand response load modification requests and allow Hawaiian Electric to remotely control grid loads through demand response actions.

The new charging station, located at an Oahu shopping mall, has a battery storage system that stores electricity when generation is abundant, such as at midday when rooftop solar panels are active, then releases it during evening peak use times.

Hawaiian Electric plans to install a similar fast charging system at its Ward Avenue facility next month.
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Market leader in EV Charging Solutions EV-Box officially opens in Amsterdam

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The Municipality of Amsterdam has opened the EV-Box headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

EV-Box Official Opening
Amsterdam, March 3rd, 2016

The Municipality of Amsterdam has opened the EV-Box headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

EV-Box is an international expert in Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructures and related cloud-based services. The move to a new home base has been the answer to EV-Box’s increasing success within Europe. Earlier this year, EV-Box partnered with Nuon-Heijmans to expand the charging infrastructure in Amsterdam. The charging points will be powered by wind energy, generated via a wind farm owned by Wind Groep Holland and Nuon.
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Zero’s electric motorcycles replace range anxiety with fun

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When quiet and speed collide.

It’s quiet. In fact, it’s completely silent. The motorcycle is on and ready to whisk me away. But before I twist the throttle, I sit and listen to the birds, traffic and a neighbor yelling at a barking dog. Everything but the Zero DSR electric bike is filling my ears. I finally roll on the accelerator, and I’m off. The weird but distinct whine of an electric engine coupled with a surprising explosion of power is equal parts perplexing and invigorating. This is the future of bikes, and it’s spectacular.

The 2016 Zero Motorcycles DSR and FXS are the new bikes from the small Northern California-based company. While its competitors (Mission Motors and Brammo which had its bikes absorbed by Polaris) have disappeared, it has flourished. It’s done so by focusing on consumer bikes (instead of super bikes like Mission Motors) and churning out two-wheeled — and quiet — transportation that gets better every year.
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A technology day in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of car innovation

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New car manufacturers are emerging, and many start-ups are bringing bold ideas into the global automotive industry with the same objective in mind: enable the secure, connected self-driving car. Every major car manufacturer has an office in Silicon Valley now – Forbes magazine recently discussed how Silicon Valley will reinvent the car industry. And it was evident earlier this month when NXP invited 300 automotive influencers to “NXP connects Silicon Valley event,” with a day-long agenda focused on self-driving cars, security and hacking, secure connectivity and mobility. Held at the Club Auto Sport, it was the perfect setting for great discussions – chic modern innovation mixed with just a scent of hot brakes and burning rubber.
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Governor Brown Discusses Climate Change with Prime Minister of the Netherlands

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last Sunday met with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte in San Francisco to discuss renewable energy and the international fight against climate change. “California and the Netherlands are part of a worldwide drumbeat of cities, states and countries who have seen the threat of climate change and are taking action,” said Governor Brown.
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Stella visits Middle School in Rio Linda

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“Stella goes USA” visits Rio Linda Preparatory Academy, California

SMUD and Coast to Coast e-Mobility will show 10-14 years old students the latest on electric mobility

 September 18, 2014, Sacramento/Rio Linda, CA. –– Coast to Coast e-Mobility liaison for e-Mobility knowledge, innovation and business between the US and Western Europe and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the local electric utility, announce that “Stella,” the world’s first solar-powered, energy positive family vehicle will visit the Rio Linda Preparatory Academy, a Middle School for 10-14 year old children.
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PRESS RELEASE: Stella goes USA

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“Stella goes USA” partners announce Stella’s US arrival,
the first solar-powered family vehicle, to kick-off National Drive Electric Week

Transatlantic leader in connecting e-Mobility knowledge, innovation and business
welcomes the car of the future to the US

September 12, 2014, San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, CA. –– Coast to Coast e-Mobility liaison for e-Mobility knowledge, innovation and business between the US and Western Europe, today announced on behalf of the “Stella goes USA” partners, the U.S. arrival of “Stella,” the world’s first solar-powered, energy positive family vehicle.

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