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Purdue, Ford Develop What Could Be Five-minute EV Charging

A joint project between Purdue University and Ford may have developed five-minute charging for electric vehicles. Researchers said their new type of charging cable is capable of carrying a much higher load without overheating, which has been the barrier to faster charging than the 30 minutes offered by Level 3 chargers.

Purdue’s cables use liquid-to-vapor cooling to carry the higher load without getting too hot. Researchers said so far, the cables’ use has only been in simulators, but  they’ll be tested on vehicles in the next two years.

California Mandates EVs for TNCs

Close up of a charging electric car.Transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft will need to transition to electric vehicles in California by 2030, the state legislature mandated last week.

The new rules, which say 90 percent of ride-share miles traveled must be in electric vehicles by the start of the new decade, also include provisions to make charging access easy and help ensure the cost of both charging and the vehicles themselves is accessible to drivers.

California recently passed a ban on sales of new gasoline-powered cars in the state that will start in 2035. Uber has committed to going all-electric by 2040 and recently earmarked $800 million to help drivers make the shift.

Read the whole story here.


Electrifying the Transportation System

Graphic of a charging electric vehicle in a cityBy Robert Ferrin

A quiet revolution is occurring in the transportation system as national, state, and local governments are planning toward a carbon-neutral future to combat poor air and water quality and climate change.  Automakers, too, are reacting to these currents of change.  A recent Forbes article highlighted a dozen auto manufacturers that will have electric vehicle models in production in 2020.  And forecasts are calling for up to 40 percent of car sales to be electric vehicles by 2040. Put simply, the electric vehicle is here to stay.  With the momentum building, how does the parking and mobility industry fit into an electric transportation future?

In this month’s issue of Parking & Mobility, the IPMI Research & Innovation Task Force, Electrification Working Group asked industry experts to give us some insights into what the future will look like and what we can do now as parking and mobility practitioners to be successful.  Read it here.  And after you read this thought-provoking article, leave the Task Force your comments on what you’d like to see the Working Group focus their efforts on next by taking our two-minute survey.

Robert Ferrin is assistant director for parking services in Columbus, Ohio.

Let’s Charge

Electric Vehicle ChargerBy Arishna Lastinger

In 2018, Auburn University was selected as one of many Alabama universities to receive electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that would be supplied and installed free of charge by the Alabama Power Company. Alabama Power funded the charging stations with a grant and did not place a limit on how many stations the university could install. After identifying where the best locations for charging stations would be, Auburn decided to have 14 charging stations installed around campus.

Level II EV charging stations were installed; these operate with a power supply similar to your home washer or dryer at 240 volts and are more affordable than DC fast charging, but offer more power and range than Level I charging. Typically, a Level II EV charging station can supply up to 70 miles or range per hour and can fill up most electric vehicles in around two hours.

To increase campus buy-in, Parking Services placed an incentive for owning an electric vehicle: Anyone with an electric vehicle can purchase his or her regular campus parking permission at a reduced rate. While there is a four-hour limit, there is no additional charge for any student or faculty/staff member with a valid parking permission to use the charging stations. Our goal is to encourage those with electric vehicles to drive them knowing they can charge them on campus and not just at home. We also hope the new charging stations will encourage faculty/staff and students to make their next car purchase electric vehicles.

Arishna Lastinger is manager of parking operations at Auburn University