More than 100 years after the invention of the I C engine, we are facing significantly growing concerns and challenges. The reliance on the I C engine as the principal automobile powertrain technology has raised environmental concerns, created dependence among industrialized and developing nations on crude oil import and exposed consumers to volatile fuel prices. To address the ongoing political, socio?economic, environmental challenges Electric, Hybrid, Plug?in Hybrid Electric vehicles are set to introduce in the Indian market. Electrified Transportation, broadly classified as Electric (EV), Hybrid Electric (HEV) and Plug?in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) systems, are among the emerging applications of electrical engineering principles and techniques to the automotive field. The automotive field seeks to close the gap between automotive industry and electrical engineering. It combines the conceptual design, problem solving skills, hardware in the loop testing and prototype formulation skills of electrical engineering with automotive and mechanical sciences. EVs, HEVs and PHEVs have only recently emerged as its own class of vehicle systems and the automotive OEMs i.e. Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, etc. have developed joint consortium to develop and address the transition of the auto manufacturers’ assembly lines from conventional vehicles to electrified vehicles. Indian OEMs like Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Tata and TVS are also gearing up to inculcate and commercialize the electrified transportation technology in India. The evolution of the electric fleet will require residential as well as charging infrastructure analogues to petrol pumps for the conventional automotive fleet. Charging stations are installed in various countries in the world. A detailed research is required to develop a similar customized infrastructure for Indian market.
Dr. M. Saad Alam received the B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, in 2003, and the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with specialization in Energy, Environment and Economics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA, in 2005. From 2006, he worked on projects on electrification transportation and at Cummins Inc. till Nov 2008 in Tennessee, USA. From December 2008 till March 2015 Dr. Alam worked in Chrysler and Ford Motor Company in Michigan USA. Currently, Dr. Alam is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and is the founding Director of the New and Renewable, Sustainable Electric Energy Systems (NRSEES) research group of the Department of Electrical Engineering. He is also leading industrial collaborative research in electric mobility at AMU and is the Coordinator of the Center of Advanced Research in Electrified Transportation (C.A.R.E.T.) of AMU. Dr. Alam has authored/ coauthored more than 60 publications and delivered talks in the area of hybrid, plug?in hybrid and electric vehicles and their inter?operability with smart grid, in various countries of North America, Europe and Middle east. He has also filed and has published patents in the area of charging infrastructure of EVs and PHEVS particularly V2G, V2H, V2I, H2V etc. His current area of research interest is transportation electrification, electric energy storage systems, advanced power electronics for electric propulsion and charging infrastructure for EVs and PHEVs. Dr. Alam is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification and Editor of European Journal of Science and Engineering and Journal of Advances in Automobile Engineering. He is the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Industrial Electronics Society student paper award, for the year 2006, on hybrid fuel cell vehicles. He was also listed on Bristol Whos Who and Madison Whos Who among Professionals and Executives in 2011 and on Mont Clair Whos Who among Collegiate Faculty in 2012.