The Department of Energy announced $18M to accelerate development of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and alternative fuels. The funds will be distributed between five different projects across the nation, including $3.9M to PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power. The project will establish an interstate PEV charging network of over 1,500 miles across Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming through installation, operation, and data collection.
Utah State University's new Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) test facility is complete and is nearing full operation. Construction on the test track and lab building is complete and new equiptment, including a state of the art dynamometer for testing vehicle capabilities, has arrived. The facility will be fully operable by September 2015.
Students in the Electric Vehicle Lab course (ECE 6930) competed in the second annual Electric Bike Race. The students designed and built the bikes as a part of the course, and then had a race at the end of the year to see whose bike was the fastest. The Electric Vehicle Lab is the final course in a sequence of courses on Power Electronics at USU.
The USU Power Electronics Lab (UPEL) hosted the Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) quarter V program review of AMPED project on April 25th, 2014. In attendance were ARPA-E program managers and reviewers and program team members from University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado Springs, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Ford Motor Company and Utah State University. The review meeting included a laboratory demonstration of all program hardware and a general UPEL lab tour with student presentations.