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The technology to charge electric vehicles at rest exists. However, Regan Zane, founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT) at Utah State University, is investigating how to charge vehicles while in motion. Zane will discuss these new technologies at USU’s Sunrise Session, held at 7 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Adopting an electrified transportation system could dramatically reduce energy use, air pollution and operational costs in the U.S. However, making the transition has proved challenging. Technical challenges such as battery storage and long charging times have limited market adoption of electric vehicles due to range anxiety, the fear that the car battery will run out of power before arrival at one’s destination. In his talk, Zane will give an overview of technologies in development at USU to overcome such challenges, and eventually transform the future of transportation.

The professor of electrical and computer engineering at USU leads a wide range of research programs in power electronics for electric vehicle drivetrains and charging infrastructure, battery management systems and dc and ac micro-grids, including grid integration of renewable energy sources and energy storage. His programs maintain a strong emphasis on working with government and industry to develop and transition technologies into the marketplace.

“Zane’s work, and the work of SELECT, is a pinnacle example of why USU research matters,” said Mark McLellan, vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “These technologies could vastly change the way we think about transportation, and improve the residual effects of an everyday necessity in the United States.”

At Sunrise Sessions, USU faculty and students share their research with community members and business leaders from the Wasatch Front. Held quarterly in downtown Salt Lake City, these early-morning presentations detail how USU research addresses pressing issues that impact Utah’s citizens and it’s future.

Each session begins at 7 a.m. with a catered breakfast buffet. Following breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Zane will speak for about 30 minutes with 10 minutes of Q&A immediately following. Each session typically ends between 8:30 and 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to RSVP for Zane’s talk, go to sunrise.usu.edu. Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Roadway at evr.usu.edu.