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Issue 02/2018

Clean air moves boost interest in electric trucks

Advances in battery technologies contribute to the growth of commercial electrical vehicles

The electrification of commercial vans and trucks is being driven by a combination of technological advances in passenger electric vehicles and moves by governments and cities around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by banning older diesel vehicles regarded as sources of pollution.

2017
Issue 03/2017

Charging on the go

Wireless charging advances with IEC International Standards

Each day buses log thousands of kilometers following routes on the streets of cities and towns around the globe. It may seem unremarkable, then, for a fleet of buses to have provided a total of 500 000 kilometers of service this January. But these are no ordinary buses…

Issue 03/2017

Safe EV charging

Electric vehicles charging systems rely on IEC International Standards

As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular in many parts of the world, ensuring that charging systems for these operate safely and reliably is central to wider EV adoption. This rests to a significant extent on IEC International Standards for EV conductive charging systems.  A new edition of the general requirements for these has just been published. It is a complete overhaul and much expanded version of the previous edition.

Issue 03/2017

To drive or not to drive?

The car of the future is already here

Imagine someone who hasn’t driven a car in the past 30 years. Taking the wheel of a modern car today, this person would probably be lost trying to figure out all the electronics inside. Voice command, self-driving cars, and even GPS navigation were still sci-fi ideas in the 1980s…

Issue 02/2017

The next generation of IEC leaders

Get to know the 2016 Young Professionals Leaders

Meet the IEC 2016 Young Professional Leaders and learn more about how YPs are becoming involved in the technical work of the IEC.

2016
Issue 06/2016

Electricity drives global move towards greener transport

As populations continue to grow, authorities must find ways to make transport greener and more efficient so that people leave their cars at home

City traffic is increasingly congested and air quality often poor. However, transport systems which rely on full electric power, such as the metro, trams and railway lines, can transport huge numbers of people without causing pollution at the point of use. However, their infrastructure is very costly to build and if a route change is required, this will not be possible outside of the existing rail tracks.

Issue 03/2016

WPT: a key route for EV uptake

Wireless power transfer will bring additional flexibility to EV charging

If electric vehicles are to reach their full potential, consumer concerns over range and reliability in operation and charging must be addressed decisively. Wireless power transfer (WPT) through magnetic induction is seen as the most promising approach to resolve this key issue. IEC International Standards are set to play a central role in the roll-out of WPT.