UNOH enters the changing world of electric vehicles

July 29 – LIMA – Beginning in August, Northwestern Ohio University will offer a degree in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology. Teaching areas include design controls, operating characteristics of hybrid, hybrid electric and electric vehicles. A UNOH graduate will be able to perform maintenance, repair, and inspection of hybrid electric vehicles as well as gasoline-powered vehicles.

UNOH’s Joe Croft shared some stats. ‚ÄúSales of electrified vehicles jumped 81% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. There are more than 60 different plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles available to the consumer in the market which is increasing every month.

President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14057 mandates 50% electric vehicle sales across the United States by 2030, followed by a complete ban on all new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035.

Joe Williams, one of three instructors leading the new hybrid electric vehicle program at UNOH, spoke to the Lima Noon Sertoma Club about electric, hybrid and hybrid-electric vehicles. He explained the difference between the vehicles: “An electric vehicle runs purely on battery power and that’s how it propels itself on the road. When we talk about hybrids, we’re usually talking about what’s called a plug-in hybrid. . So it’s kind of a mix between the two worlds. Now there’s a lot of different ways to set them up.”

Electric vehicles need to be recharged. Williams told the Sertoma Club that if you drive locally your home charge should be sufficient. It is when trips are planned further away from home that things need to be planned in more detail. Williams said: “A 120 Charger charges too slowly at a rate of four miles per hour. A better, but more expensive option is to install a 240 Charger which will charge your vehicle at around 30 miles per hour. There are level three chargers when you take car trips that charge your EV to around 80% capacity in less than an hour.”

Williams discussed some of the myths associated with electric vehicles. Some have a grain of truth while others don’t. The first myth was that electric vehicles don’t pay their fair share of taxes. Williams replied: “We’re not at the pumps. We don’t pay gas tax. We wear down the roads. The car is heavier than a traditional vehicle. How are we compensated for the wear and tear of the roads? To register for the beacons was 280 bucks so they got all my money up front. Some sources claim that over ten years EV owners will pay more taxes and registration for the same number of miles that internal combustion would pay in gas tax over the same ten years.

Another myth is that batteries don’t work in the winter. Williams said: “The batteries work great when they’re hot. They still work in the winter. The capacity goes down a bit, sometimes up to 30%. So you can lose 30% of your range in cold weather.”

Another myth is that the power grid cannot support a large number of electric vehicles. Williams told the club: “It’s a very real problem. It’s the biggest problem with electric vehicles. But again, there are ways to mitigate these problems. Off-peak charging at night in using renewable sources to try to compensate for grid issues. But at the end of the day, this is going to be a problem. How are we going to manage the number of electric vehicles that will be put on the grid?

Williams concluded his remarks by saying: “There is room for both. Yes, electric vehicles still have problems, but 100 years ago the internal combustion engine had them too. We would have looked at these people saying, ‘Oh no, it’s so much more work, I’m going to stay with my horse. Yes, it’s not perfect. But if you’re a two-vehicle household and want something to run around town and really save some money and do some planning, I definitely recommend it.

Contact Dean Brown at 567-242-0409

#UNOH #enters #changing #world #electric #vehicles

Add Comment