SAE International—all things electrified, and more

  • 01-Dec-2010 01:06 EST
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David L. Schutt, SAE Chief Executive Officer

BEVs, HEVs, PHEVs, EVSE, and Li-ion: The terms used to describe the many types of electric and electrified vehicles and their technologies are flying at consumers and industry professionals at breakneck speed. And for all who are working in this exciting arena, the need for relevant knowledge, data, and information never has been greater.

Already a repository for such information, SAE International has taken things further with the creation and launch of a new Vehicle Electrification ( website. Our new website showcases SAE International’s portfolio of vehicle electrification intellectual property, including articles, books, technical papers, standards, research reports, events, and training opportunities.

“We created this site with a ‘one-stop shop’ goal in mind,” said Bill Cariello, Manager of Web Strategies for SAE International. “The site serves as a resource for mobility engineers seeking the most up-to-date information on standards, technology advances, product solutions, supplier news, vehicle development trends, and insights from the most plugged-in experts in the electrified-vehicles field.”

Creation of the site was the natural next-step progression for SAE International, which already offered many relevant programs, products, and services for vehicle electrification professionals. Earlier this year, in support of that one-stop-shop goal, SAE International created its SmartGrid ( web page, which outlines SAE’s involvement in the smart grid, along with relevant national information and the latest smart grid and electrification news.

In conjunction with the online information, SAE International also launched a new digital magazine series devoted to hybrid- and electric-vehicle technology. The first issue of the magazine series features a full development story of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

“While hybrid and electric technologies always have been an important part of our editorial coverage in our magazines [Aerospace Engineering & Manufacturing, Automotive Engineering International, and SAE Off-Highway Engineering], we offer this new series as an innovative way for our members to really delve into these issues, and offer the information in an effective and convenient platform,” said Kevin Jost, Editorial Director for SAE International.

Of course, serving as a foundation for all of this information are SAE International’s industry-wide, consensus technical standards. SAE International, with support from and thanks to its technical committee members, took the initiative of creating a document that provides a standard interface between plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), and electrical charging systems.

The volunteer committee members also have created a document that establishes requirements for EVs and the off-board electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) used to transfer electrical energy to an EV from an electric utility power system in North America. The members are in the process of creating a document that defines some of the common terms associated with hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs).

The technology surrounding vehicle electrification is ever-expanding. SAE International and its members are, in many cases, on the leading edge of that technology. Whether it’s through technical standards, conferences and symposia, award-winning magazines, or informational websites, SAE International’s goal is to be the go-to resource for the mobility engineering community.

By achieving that goal, SAE International’s members and the professionals of the mobility engineering community can be confident that they have access to the most relevant and timely technical content available.

David L. Schutt, SAE Chief Executive Officer

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