“Talking the EV Talk” with Rue and Dr. Abas Goodarzi

We’re glad you’re here for episode 2 of back to school in the EV classroom! Last show, we covered the ABCs of EVs and went through all of those acronyms that we throw out all the time. In this episode, we’re continuing our EV education by doing the same with some of the jargon that we encounter every day. 

As with the terms we went over in the ABCs of EVs, we’ll be digging deep into some of these things throughout the season. Be sure to bookmark or save these, and even share them with friends who are EV curious. 

Dr. Abas Goodarzi is the Chief Scientist at Ideanomics and the CEO of U.S. Hybrid. He’s an award-winning scientist who’s got a big resume and the know-how to back it up. He literally wrote the book on the topic! 

In this episode, Rue and the Doc cover several key topics including:

Amp/Volt/Watt [2:30 – 6:11]
Charging Station Breakdown [6:12 – 6:34]
Connectors/ CHAdeMo Plug [6:35 – 9:59]
Utility Rate [10:01 – 10:25]
Peak Demand [10:26 – 11:10]
Off-Peak Hours [11:11 – 11:40]
Peak Shaving [11:41 – 12:36]
Fleet [13:37 – 13:09]
Pure Electric [13:10 – 13:23]
Range [13:24 – 13:52]
Frunk [13:53 – 14:14]
Regenerative Breaking  [14:15- 18:24]
Super Charger [18:25 – 20:18]


Resources mentioned in this article:
1. Learn more about Ideanomics and US Hybrid
2. CCS1 Standard of Communication 

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The ABCs of Electric Vehicles with Rue and Dr. Abas Goodarzi

Welcome to EV Chat Season 2! We’re mixing things up a bit and taking you back to school. In this episode and the next, we’ll break down all of the pesky acronyms and jargon so everyone can speak confidently about all things electric vehicles (EV).

This episode is all about the ABCs of EVs. We’re leaning straight into the alphabet soup. To help us dig into these terms, we’d like to welcome, Dr. Abas Goodarzi, who is our resident scientist, as we wade through the EV dictionary.

Dr. Abas Goodarzi is the Chief Scientist at Ideanomics and the CEO of U.S. Hybrid.  He’s an award-winning scientist who’s got a big resume and the know-how to back it up. He literally wrote the book on the topic!

In this episode, Rue and the Doc cover several key topics including:
Alternating Current (AC) / Direct Current (DC) [3:22 – 4:09]
The family of EV-related terms (BEV, PHEV, HEV, etc.) [4:10 – 8:00]
Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)  [8:05 – 8:42]
Internal combustion engine (ICE) [8:43 – 9:07]
Range per hour (RPH) [9:08 – 9:53]
Kilowatt/ Kilowatt Hour (kW/kWh) [9:54 – 12:34]

Fluke Sponsor Segment [12:35 – 14:04]

Time of use (TOU) [14:05 – 18:17]
Range extender (REX) [18:18 – 18:59]
Zero-emissions vehicle (ZEB) [19:00 – 19:28]
Vehicle to grid (V2G) [19:30 -20:19]

Resources mentioned in this article:
1. Learn more about Ideanomics and US Hybrid
2. Read up on Fluke and their FEV100

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Jeff Allen, Executive Director of Forth, on Equitable EV Access

This week, we are delighted to welcome Jeff Allen, Executive Director of Forth, to EV Chat for the season 1 finale.

Forth is a nonprofit trade association that brings together policy advocacy, consumer engagement, industry development, and special projects to advance electric, shared, and smart transportation. Jeff is a seasoned executive with more than two decades of experience in organizational and development, team management, strategic planning, and public policy and affairs. Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

In this episode, Rue and Jeff cover several key topics including:
An Introduction to Forth [2:08- 3:11]
Forth and the Electrification Ecosystem [3:11 – 4:00]
Hands-on demo projects and programs [4:02 – 4:50]
Public policy and advocacy [4:50 – 5:50]
Forth’s CRuSE project [5:52 – 6:20]
Tackling challenges through CRuSE [6:20 – 7:35]
Equitable EV access [8:15-10:18]
Barriers in expanding equity [10:18-13:35]
Education and awareness [13:36-14:26]

Sponsor Segment: Fluke’s FEV100 [14:27 – 15:57]

Forth beyond Oregon [15:59-16:32]
EVSE challenges in rural areas [16:34-20:03]
Jeff’s thoughts on the Congressional infrastructure legislation [20:04-21:11]
What would Jeff add to the bill? [21:12-23:04]
Incentives and mandates [23:05-24:29]
What is Oregon doing on the mobility front? [24:30-26:25]
What is Jeff driving? [26:26-27:55]
Wackiest thing Jeff has done in an EV? [27:56-28:48]

Resources mentioned in this article:

  1. Learn more about Forth here
  2. Read more about Forth’s CRuSE Project here
  3. More on Fluke’s work with Electric Tractors
  4. Check out Fluke’s FEV100, the latest and greatest EV Charging Station EVSE Adapter

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Paul Vosper, CEO of JuiceBar, on EVSE Reliability and Grid Decarbonization

We are pleased to welcome Paul Vosper, CEO of JuiceBar. Paul is a seasoned business development professional with more than 25 years of industry experience. A graduate of Georgetown University and Duke University School of Law, Paul has a deep understanding of EV infrastructure, clean energy, real estate, and smart city initiatives, and how public policy can bolster our quest for a more sustainable society.

In this episode, Rue and Paul cover several key topics including:
From commercial real estate to EV O&M [2:00 – 2:41]
Early days of building EVSE mass adoption [2:48 – 3:38]
JuiceBar first to build American EV charger [3:39 – 5:18]
Quality control and supply chain [5:19 – 6:28]
Challenges with “Made in America” [6:29 – 7:32]
Similarities and differences in JuiceBar clients [7:33 – 9:15]
EVSE barriers in multi-family dwellings [9:16 – 12:11]
Super chargers [12:12 – 12:53]

Sponsor Segment: Fluke’s FEV100 [13:01 – 14:26]

What would Paul do with $500 billion? [14:26 – 16:15]
Reliability and JuiceBar’s product [16:33 – 18:11]
Paul rates reliability of current EVSE [18:15 – 19:15]
Best incentives to jumpstart EV adoption [19:27 – 21:55]
Are lawmakers missing the mark on EVSE? [21:26 – 23:29]
Climate change education and mitigation [23:23 – 24:16]
Decarbonizing the grid [24:19 – 25:42]
The wackiest thing Paul has done in an EV [25:45 – 26:30]

Resources mentioned in this article:

  1. Learn more about JuiceBar here
  2. Check out Fluke’s FEV100, the latest and greatest EV Charging Station EVSE Adapter

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Terry O’Day of In-Charge Energy on Fleet Electrification Adoption

We welcome August with a new episode of EV Chat featuring Terry O’Day, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of In-Charge Energy.  Terry cofounded In-Charge Energy in 2019.  It is the leader in electric charging infrastructure for truck and bus fleets in the United States, serving over 65,000 customers in the U.S.

Previously, Terry led the Market Development and the Western United States for EVgo, taking the company from its first public fast charging installation in 2011 to more than 1,000 chargers nationwide and overseeing an investment program of over $140 million.

Terry currently serves as Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Santa Monica and was first elected in November 2010.  He became the leading example of environmental land use planning in the state, reducing projected per capita greenhouse gas emissions from land-use by 31 percent in 25 years.

He has an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and BA with honors from Stanford University, with a behavioral economics thesis addressing national savings policy using lessons from energy conservation policies.

In this episode, we cover several key topics including:
Terry’s proudest moment [3:00 – 4:42]
First EV rental company [4:46 – 5:57]
What is InCharge up to? [6:30 – 8:42]
Pairing with manufacturers and fleets to offer services [8:45 – 922]
Status of fleet electrification adoption [9:23 – 11:47]
Are we investment ready? [11:48 – 13:55]
Grants and incentives for public infrastructure [13:56 -16:06]
Public investment and its impact on health [16:07 – 17:06]
L2 chargers and faster charging capabilities [17:07 – 19:27]
Infrastructure market uptake forecasts [19:28 – 20:51]
Utility service planning and bottlenecks [20:52 -22:10]
Skilled electrician demands and bottlenecks [22:11 – 23:41]
Servicing EV infrastructure and operability [23:42 – 26:57]
Disruptive technologies in the market [27:06 – 30:32]
What’s the hottest EV? [30:33 – 31:10]

Resources mentioned in this article:

  1. Learn more about In-Charge Energy

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Ram Ambatipudi of EV Connect on Uptime Standards and Reliability

Rue Phillips interviews Ram Ambatipudi, Vice President of Business Development & Utility Engagement at EV Connect. Ram is focused on business development activities with electric utilities and other strategic accounts to advance EV charging infrastructure and management and control of EV Charging stations.  Ram has led the qualification of EV Connect in over twenty electric utility rebate, incentive, or make-ready infrastructure programs representing over $1 billion in aggregate investment. In addition, he represents EV Connect with multiple trade associations including the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE) and Smart Energy Power Alliance (SEPA) and has spoken at numerous conferences and tradeshows.  Ram was an original co-founder and seed investor in EV Connect when it was created in 2009.

Ram formed Kala Energy, a consulting and investment advisory group focused on renewable energy.  Kala Energy supports renewable energy project developers and investors by originating project acquisition and sales opportunities with a diverse focus on technologies, geographies and market segments.

Previously, Ram was Director, Large Scale Renewables for Chevron Energy Solutions (now part of Engie) where he oversaw a project portfolio of over 1,600 MW of utility-scale solar projects in various stages of development.  He also led project origination and due diligence for tax-equity investment activities for Chevron’s Renewables Investment group.  Ram’s direct project development efforts resulted in over 25MW of DG Solar projects and energy efficiency projects with government sector customers representing over $100 million of revenue.

Ram has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry, including 17 years in the renewable energy and cleantech sector.  He has a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

In this episode, we cover several key topics including:
EV Connect [2:16 – 3:00]
Challenges in reliability and operability [3:02 – 4:33]
Operability of different EV chargers [4:40 – 6:19]
Uptime standards [6:20 – 8:02]
Supporting open standards [8:12 – 10:00]
OCPP standard [10:00 – 11:57]
Code-standard competition [12:00 – 12:41]
Ram’s reliability rating for U.S. EV infrastructure [12:42 – 13:27]
Lessons learned [13:36 – 15:06]
Solar, battery, and EV integration [15:10 – 17:00]
Peak demand shaving and thresholds [17:00 – 18:13]
Ram’s take on the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund [18:14 – 19:39]
Government and municipal incentives [19:40 – 21:28]
Range anxiety [21:29 – 22:30]
Ram’s next EV [22:31 – 23:24]
Future of fleet electrification [23:40 – 25:15]
What would Ram do with $2 billion? [25:16- 26:40]
… And lots more!

Connect with Ram on Linkedin.

Resources mentioned in this article:

  1. Learn more about EV Connect
  2. Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP)

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Graham Brennan Discusses EV Adoption in Ireland and EU Standardization

Our latest guest comes from across the pond, Ireland to be exact. Graham Brennan is responsible for the development and management of SEAI’s Electric Vehicle (EV) programmes which have disbursed €74m in support to help establish the current market of over 35,000 EVs on Irish roads. He was a member of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) Task Force which developed the key policies in place today underpinning the development of the EV market in Ireland.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the IEA HEV Technology Collaboration Programme.

Previously Graham was responsible for running the Ocean Energy and RE Research & Development programmes within SEAI providing support for the first installations of wave energy, biomass and biofuel technology demonstrators in Ireland amongst others.

Before joining SEAI, Graham worked for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines on turbine design in Derby, UK and prior to that he worked in the offshore oil and gas sector in Aberdeen.

Graham holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Ireland, Galway and a Masters degree in Thermal Power from Cranfield University in England.

In this episode, we cover several key topics including:
Life as a Transport Program Manager (SEAI) [3:05 – 4:10]
SEAI sales report [4:16 – 4:38]
EU car maker regulation(s) [6:13 – 8:07]
EV classifications in Ireland [8:07 – 8:47]
Where’s Ireland in EV adoption? [8:47 – 10:50]
Graham’s take on the electric F150 [11:50 – 12:18]
An LA visit recap and thoughts on U.S. EV efforts [12:30 – 14:42]
EV pop-up events and fleets [14:44 – 15:08]
ICEs and total cost comparisons [15:20 – 16:11]
U.S. advantages [16:15 – 16:55]
Fast chargers vs. Level 2 EVSE [17:00 – 17:55]
Home charging popularity in Ireland [18:00 – 18:57]
Serviceability and reliability [19:00 – 20:11]
Energy Authority of Ireland [20:13 – 21:44]
Charging infrastructure standards [21:45 – 23:20]
Startup vehicle companies [23:46 – 24:46]
Vehicle importers and EV Supply  [24:57- 26:26]
Avgerage installation costs in Ireland [26:36 – 27:25]
Managing peak power [27:29 – 27:55]
V2G and home energy management systems [27:56 – 29:24]
What keeps Graham up at night? [29:26 – 30:09]
Most memorable EV milestone achievement [30:09 – 33:02]
One last funny story [33:05 – 33:46]

Resources mentioned in this article:

  1. More on SEAI
  2. Learn more about EV charging and CCS Standard in Ireland
  3. The Worldwide Harmonised Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)

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Dave Packard on EVSE and EV Infrastructure Advancement

Episode 6 of EV Chat brings you Dave Packard, a leader in the electric vehicle charging infrastructure industry since the early 90’s. He founded several EV infrastructure companies, the most recent being ClipperCreek, a leading non-networked charging station provider. From ClipperCreek, Dave moved to ChargePoint as Vice President, Utility Solutions.

Dave left ChargePoint in 2019 to start a consulting practice where he currently engages various clients focused on the deployment of EV infrastructure for passenger vehicles and fleets.

Dave has his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

In this episode, we cover several key topics including:
EPI, ClipperCreek, Inc & chargepoint [3:25 – 4:10]
Consulting and utility programs [4:15 – 4:30]
EV Fleets integration [4:30 – 4:55]
Proudest career moment [6:00 – 7:15]
Advancement in Level 2 chargers [7:20 – 8:30]
OpConnect [8:30 – 9:05]
Standardization/J1772 [9:10 – 9:50]
Level 2 vs. Level 3 chargers [10:05 – 10:45]
EVSE charging station placement [11:10 – 12:20]
Charging station market [12:30 – 13:54]
Manufacturer forecasts [14:00 – 15:05]
Cost per charge [15:05 – 16:15]
V2G [16:20 – 18:05]
Operations and maintenance [18:10 – 19:30]
365 Pronto and EV reliability [19:30 – 21:35]
New administration and EV support [21:15- 23:54]
Market incentives [23:55-25:20]
Wackiest thing done in an EV [25:25-26:15]
Ways to ensure more uptime [26:25-27:45]
What’s Dave driving? [28:05-28:38]

Connect with Dave on Linkedin.

Resources mentioned in this article:

  1. Learn more about ClipperCreek, Inc. 
  2. More on OpConnect
  3. ASG and EPRI
  4. eTransEnergy
  5. Take a look at the 2021 Mustang Mach-E

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Jim Cahill of Sunrun Tackles EV Adaptation and Reliability

We welcome Jim Cahill to EV Chat for episode 5. Jim currently oversees the Northwest Operations for Sunrun and has been with the company for almost three years.  Previously, he spent 10+ years growing SolarCity and transitioned to Tesla for several years after the acquisition of SolarCity.

Prior to joining SolarCity, Jim was co-founder and ran operations for Clean Fuel Connection, Inc. from 1999 to 2008 (founded with his partner Enid Joffe, EV Chat Episode 3 guest) which installed Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) for many OEMs including Toyota, GM, and Honda.  Prior to Clean Fuel Connection, Jim worked for Edison EV helping to install public and residential EVSE for the GM EV1.

In this episode, we cover several key topics including:
The latest at Sunrun Vivint [3:45 – 5:00]
V2G [5:15 – 6:15]
Off-grid and peak demand/ peak load shaving [6:35 – 8:25]
EV battery standardization [8:40 – 9:20]
Smart homes and cloud communciation [9:20 – 10:42]
Global adaptation [10:43 –  12:55]
EV permitting woes [13:05 – 14:10]
EV lessons learned [14:10 – 16:35]
Uptime availability and EV reliability [16:40 – 18:30]
Which EV is Jim most excited about? [18:35 – 20:00]
Reminiscing on the EV1 [20:10 – 21:10]
Jim’s funniest EV moment [21:15 – 23:02]
Funding for electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) infrastructure [23:05 – 24:55]
How would Jim spend $5 billion for the EV industry?  [25:11 – 26:10]
The US Post Office and fleet incentives [26:16 – 27:20]
And lots more!

Connect with Jim on Linkedin.

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Jordan Ramer of EV Connect on EV Adoption Scenarios

In Episode 4 of EV Chat, we bring you another star of the EV world – Jordan Ramer of EV Connect. Jordan is an accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur. He has helped raise tens of millions of dollars in financing for growth companies in the clean energy, transportation, and resource efficiency sectors. 

Prior to founding EV Connect, he led corporate development for NanoH2O, a venture-backed developer of energy-efficient water purification technology. Previously, he held executive positions in business development, product management, and marketing at AeroVironment, an electric vehicle infrastructure developer, where he spent seven years elevating AeroVironment into the industry leader, spearheading the company’s global expansion and launching its fleet management software solution. 

He held roles in business development, finance, and strategy for several venture-backed technology start-ups.

In this episode, we cover several key topics including:
Jordan & EV Connect Update [2:32 – 3:45]
EV Adoption Analysis [3:50 – 5:18]
Manufacturer & Automaker Forecasts [5:20 – 7:00]
Communication Standards [7:05 – 8:26]
Global Standardization [8:32 – 9:28]
API & Smart Grids [9:30 – 11:54]
EVSE & Smart Chargers [11:56 – 14:00]
V2G [14:05 – 15:22]
Legislation & Clean Air Mandates [15:33 – 17:30]
International EV Adoption (Europe) [17:30 – 19:38]
Operations & Maintenance [19:40 – 22:56]
Causes EVSE Inoperability [22:58 – 24:28]
Average EV Connect Charge Length [24:30 – 25:33]
Out There Questions with Rue [25:41 – 29:00]
And lots more!

Connect with Jordan on Linkedin

Resources mentioned in this article

  1. Learn more about EV Connect!
  2. What is  the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCCP) Global Standard?
  3. A breakdown of ISO 15118
  4. More on V2G
  5. Jordan’s family cars: the Chevy Bolt & Tesla Model S 

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