Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: Lee Slezak, Vehicle Systems Manager, Department of Energy
Friday, February 14, 2020
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
1110 Kim Engineering Building
301 405 4471
Vehicle Systems Manager, Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Program
Title: Challenges of Charging EVs@Scale
Abstract: What happens when two critical sectors of the society we have created come together? Whether we realize it yet or not, we are going to witness this phenomenon over the next ten years as the electricity and transportation sectors come together in a new way. It is up to us— professionals in the electric grid and automotive sectors — to take appropriate steps to ensure that the merging of these two sectors will result in each becoming stronger. Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming a greater part of transportation systems with applications in light, medium, and heavy duty sectors. It is projected that EVs will continue to grow and become a significant portion of fleets and hence a non-trivial load on electric grids within the next decade. As the technologies onboard the latest generation of EVs have advanced, so has the charging equipment, referred to as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment or EVSE. Uncontrolled charging of large scale EVs has demonstrated challenges from cost and grid operations perspective. Smart charge management techniques are the key to optimally satisfying the needs of EV users as well as grid operations. Cyber-physical security of EVs, EVSEs, and the utility grids poses critical challenges to the success of the of this industry. A safe and secured charging infrastructure that supports varying charging needs of EVs@Scale and utility operations must be developed and deployed. Industry and R&D needs as well as challenges of EVs@Scale with regards to smart charge management, cybersecurity, and high power charging will be presented.
Bio: Lee manages the Grid and Infrastructure Research and Development Activities for Vehicle Electrification within the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office. His responsibilities include developing and implementing plans for R&D on: High Power Charging; Wireless Charging; Smart Charge Management to minimize grid impacts of charging; Cybersecurity for vehicle charging; and codes and standards for charging. Previously, Lee managed the DOE’s Vehicle Systems Program and the $400 million ARRA Transportation Electrification program. Lee has been at the DOE for 25 years and has worked on advanced technology vehicle initiatives for the past 28 years.