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IEEE Transportation Electricification Initiative and Conference

On March 4 – 8, in Greenville, South Carolina, the 2012 IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference, IEVC was held with over 646 international Registrants.  This multi IEEE society conference came together to firmly establish the IEEE as a force in the new world of transportation electrification. Keynotes from several society Presidents included IEEE, SAE International and the Electric Drive Transportation Association, EDTA.  To learn more about the IEVC, please view the overview video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tANYyMzFkfU&feature=youtu.be. IEEE President Gordon Day’s keynote video and other keynotes / panel discussions are at http://ieeeusa.org/calendar/conferences/ievc/default.asp.

The IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative has been established to make it easy for those outside of the IEEE to connect with the large number of IEEE societies, councils, committees, standards and people that are actively involved in the electrification of transportation.  Given that electric vehicle technology covers so much of the IEEE and that this technology will be a game changer for the world, the Initiative will help promote the concentration of discussion and rapid development of IEEE resources for this new mode of transportation.

The first development by the Initiative is the creation of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Web Portal at http://electricvehicle.ieee.org/

This web portal will not only promote easy access to IEEE resources through a specially designed custom search and timely industry information, it will support on going discussions through:

Linkedin at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IEEE-Clean-Transportation-3049403

Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/IeeeTransportationElectrification

And Twitter at http://twitter.com/intent/follow?source=followbutton&variant=1.0&screen_name=IEEEEV

All IEEE organizations are encouraged to contribute articles, discussions and comments across all of these channels.  And also to post details about electric vehicle events, meetings, conferences and developments.  One of the main Initiative goals is to promote what IEEE members are doing and with this input, we will help connect them with the people and opportunities that will made them successful.

The Initiative is actively reaching out to others that are involved in electric vehicles.  To date IEEE have exhibited and made presentations at the SAE World Congress and the EDTA EVS26.  In June the Initiative will help lead a visit to Capital Hill to ensure that key Congressional Representatives know of the important electric vehicle work that the IEEE is doing.  And it is building a database of contacts outside of the IEEE to help with promotion of IEEE activities and services in this arena.

The 2012 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, ITEC, will be on June 18 – 20 in Dearborn, MI.  Registration is now open. All people and companies involved in electrified transportation  are invited to register for ITEC.  More information on ITEC can be found at http://itec-conf.com/.

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