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battery technologies (particularly with the use of lithium-ion technology), industry targets required to enable widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles, and some of the ongoing research to meet these targets.

In the second talk, Matthew Willard (Case Western Reserve University), outlines the challenges and research under way to develop improved magnetic materials, which are used in electric machine drives. Magnetic materials of both the hard (permanent magnets) and soft (electrical steels and magnetic cores) type are critical in the design of high-performance electric machines and power electronic converters. This presentation covers the desired material characteristics, some of the research challenges to develop better materials, and efforts to reduce the use of critical, strategic materials—rare earths—in these magnetic materials.

Widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles could represent a significant increase in the load on the electrical transmission and distribution system. Arindam Maitra (Electric Power Research Institute) presents the results of an EPRI study on the potential impacts of this increased load and the changes necessary in the electrical transmission and distribution systems to address such impacts.

Today’s drivers have high expectations for the safety, reliability, comfort, and connectivity in their vehicles. The final paper by Rahul Mangharam (University of Pennsylvania) discusses technical approaches to enhance vehicle safety through remote diagnostics, networking, recalls, and software upgrades.

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