Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicle Showcase

April 7, 2010
Stanford University

Stanford hosted an Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicle Showcase on April 7, 2010, at Stanford University in conjunction with the Stanford Energy Seminar and a course offered this spring on Sustainable Mobility: Improving Energy Efficiency and Reducing CO2 Emissions from Transport (Special Class Session).  Included in the showcase were light duty vehicles running on batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as plug-in hybrid vehicles that both charge batteries from the grid and carry a fuel tank to run an engine when batteries run down.


Zero Emission Car Photo
“Zero Emission Electric Car”, or just an Elsewhere Emission Car? (photo Lee Schipper)

Sustainable Mobility: Improving Energy Efficiency and Reducing CO2 Emissions from Transport (MS2 296)

12:15 - 1:05 Class
1:10 - 1:35 How Consumers Choose Cars, Robert Bienenfeld, Honda of North America
1:35 - 2:00 Surprise - The Remarkable rise in Electric Bikes and What it Means, Jonathan Weinert, Chevron Research
2:00 - 3:20 Panel Discussion - The Way Forward with Electric Drive, Robert Bienenfeld, Honda; Nicole Sus, Tesla; Justin Ward, Toyota; John Tillman, Volkswagen; Brett Williams, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center
Clark Auditorium, Bio-X
The event begins at 12:15 with the regular session of Lee Schipper’s class MS2 296, “Sustainable Mobility”, which will be held this day only in Clark Auditorium. From 1:10 - 3:20 a mini-workshop will feature speakers discussing issues related to electric drive, with emphasis on non-technical issues such as policies, consumer choices, and consumer behavior with e-drive. Dr. Schipper works for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford.

Energy Seminar: Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicle Showcase
4:15 - 5:45, Reception to follow
Parking Structure 2, Lower Level, Across from Y2E2
The vehicle display is part of the regular Energy Seminar, and begins at 4.15. The vehicle display will include a half dozen pre-commercial vehicles (Daimler, Honda, Tesla, Toyota,Volkswagen, AC Propulsion eBox from PG&E's Fleet). Groups will rotate through stations and representatives will describe the vehicle attributes. 

About the Energy Seminar
The weekly Energy Seminar, organized jointly by the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford is an interdisciplinary series of talks by Stanford experts and invited speakers on a broad range of energy topics.  The Energy Seminar is run weekly to inform and educate Stanford faculty and students across campus about energy and climate research from the perspective of a variety of disciplines.  The audience includes Stanford faculty, students, staff, and alumni from across the university.  Additionally the Energy Seminar has developed an online website including background materials on a range of energy issues,

Mini-Series on Electric Vehicles
Every academic quarter the Energy Seminar includes a 4-part mini-series and in spring term we will focus on electric vehicles.  The series will include a vehicle display and three talks over subsequent weeks. For more details on the Energy Seminar.

  1. March 31 - The Future of EVs: Ford’s Electrification Efforts
    Nancy Gioia, Ford – Director of Global Electrification
  2. April 7 - Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicle Showcase
  3. April 14 - Consumer behavioral responses to and perceptions of electric transportation
    Dr. Tom Turrentine, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies – Director PHEV Research Centre
  4. May 12 - A Vision for Transitioning Towards Sustainable Transportation
    Jason Wolf, Better Place – Head of North America Business Development

Electric Car Photo
Dr. Timothy Lipman checks the charging cables of a
Toyota Plug in Hybrid of the type that will be on display April 7.

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