Well over a million (closer to 1.5M) EVs and plug-ins are on the roads today in the US, and about half of them are in California. They represent challenges in terms of defining, designing, installing and managing the integration of the charging (including fast charging) infrastructure into the grid and, once ready, provide a significant opportunity to enable both clean transportation and cleaner grid through their utilization as a grid resource in a variety of use cases and scenarios. All aspects of the above challenges and opportunities are a topic of intensive research at EPRI, and will be covered in this presentation. At the end of the class, the students will have a good idea as to what the key areas of research interest, what the utility and automotive industries are working on today and what the near future may look like, through the example projects that the author is leading / managing at EPRI.
Sunil Chhaya is a Senior Technical Executive leads the Electric Transportation technology development and demonstration programs in the Vehicle-Grid Integration space. After his PhD in AI applications to Power Electronics, Sunil has spent over two decades equally spread between Automotive (General Motors, Booz Allen, Ricardo) and electric power industries (EPRI) analyzing, specifying designing and developing EV and hybrid powertrains as well as software and control systems to manage the interactions with the driver and other on-vehicle systems. While doing all that engineering work, Sunil worked to get an MBA from University of Michigan (Ross) and left to do strategy and engineering consulting advising automotive and energy industry clients on technology strategy and product / services. At EPRI, Sunil's focus has been to define, develop and manage technologies, projects and programs in the general area of 'grid integration' of EVs, actively collaborating with both automotive manufacturers and the utility industry members, funded by utility industry and public agencies such as the state of California and the US Department of Energy, and has advised and funded Stanford (and other) PhD students in the past.