Electric vehicles and the power grid: Dave Erb to Speak July 19 at UNC Asheville

“Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid” – Dave Erb to Speak July 19 at UNC Asheville

Dave Erb, who has worked on developing electric and hybrid electric vehicles for more than two decades, will give a talk, “Making a Case for the DG PV EV: Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in Robinson Hall 125 on the UNC Asheville campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

“While a sustainable mobility future could take many forms,” said Erb, “most knowledgeable auto industry leaders now believe that energy supply and cost considerations make electric vehicles (EVs) a crucial and inevitable component of our future transportation system.”

Erb will discuss the advantages of energizing EVs using solar energy collected with photovoltaic (PV) panels in a distributed generation (DG) power grid. A member of the Mechatronics Engineering faculty at UNC Asheville, Erb is an experienced EV racer and has developed vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, alcohol and natural gas as well as electricity. He is also the vice chair of the City of Asheville Transit Commission.

Erb’s talk is presented by the WNC Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the UNC Asheville Mechatronics Engineering Program. The sponsoring organizations invite interested members of the public to join them for dinner at 5:30 p.m., July 19, in the Dining Hall at UNC Asheville’s University Hall. Diners are responsible to purchase their own meals.


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