To charge an electric car, you typically plug it in to a power source. An alternative to plugging in is called inductive charging. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke looks at Audi's new Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid with wireless charging technology. SAE Eye on Engineering can be viewed at https://youtu.be/x2lLLTJP3xA. It also airs in audio-only form Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit's Paul W. Smith Show. Access archived episodes of SAE Eye on Engineering at www.sae.org/magazines/podcasts.
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Electric cars offer the big benefit of almost no maintenance. In this week's SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke looks at the almost maintenance-free life of owning an electric car. SAE Eye on Engineering can be viewed at http://youtu.be/iXo_jaFhZvw. It also airs in audio-only form Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit's Paul W. Smith Show. Access archived episodes of SAE Eye on Engineering at www.sae.org/magazines/podcasts.
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The American National Standards Institute on Dec. 2 issued a progress report (http://publicaa.ansi.org/sites/apdl/evsp/ANSI_EVSP_Roadmap_May_2013.pdf) on an organized standardization effort to help electric vehicles thrive in the U.S. marketplace. The effort focuses on both the vehicle and the charging infrastructure. The report describes advances made, and challenges that persist, since May 2013 when ANSI published a document titled "Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles – Version 2.0." Developed by about 60 private and public organizations constituting ANSI's Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP), the progress report reviews 61 specific areas. Of those, it notes that 44 still have standardization "gaps" that need to be filled. In many cases, SAE International standards are being developed and/or revised to fill gaps, including J2907 Hybrid Motor Ratings and J2908 Hybrid Electric Powertrain Power Test Methods and Definitions. "Three and half years ago, the ANSI EVSP took up the challenge of articulating a roadmap of needed areas of standardization that would help foster consumer adoption of electric vehicles in the United States," said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. "The panel's latest progress report demonstrates the ongoing commitment by private- and public-sector stakeholders to keep moving this work forward."