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Café Scientifique on Zoom

Tuesday 15 June 2021 – 7.45pm for 8.00pm

Tracked Electric Vehicles (TEV) Project with Prof Volker Pickert – Director of Discipline Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University

TEV Project is an open-source initiative that was formally incorporated as a non-profit company in 2014. The project invites collaboration and investment in an open design of TEV infrastructure. TEV is a design for compact, electrically powered highways for use by electric vehicles with autonomous driving capability. This includes private cars, public transportation, shared transportation, and light freight. The electric roadways are designed for rubber tired electric vehicles which can travel on TEV’s electric highways at much higher speeds and in far greater safety than cars can on motorways today. Automatic control enables close coupling of vehicles, so TEV has a vastly greater passenger carrying capacity than traditional roads and even high-speed commuter trains.

Prof Volker Pickert is an expert in electric vehicles and Director of Discipline Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University, co-ordinating all discipline relevant research and teaching activities. He has 25 years of industrial and academic experience in power electronics applied to energy and transport applications. He is regularly invited as keynote speaker and advises various governments on energy and transport related issues. He has led over 60 funded projects, supervised over 40 PhD students and manages a discipline that has more than 100 researchers and teachers.

Prof Pickert studied Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen, Germany, and Cambridge University, UK. and after receiving his PhD from Newcastle University he worked in Germany for Semikron as Product Manager and for Volkswagen as R&D Group Head for electric power drive train development for electric vehicles.  He published over 200 papers, is the Editor-in-Chief of the IET Power Electronics Journal, is the EPSRC CDT Director in Sustainable Electric Propulsion, and he is the Technical Chief Advisor for TEV.

This webinar will take place via Zoom. Please email claire.cafesci@yahoo.com for access.