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Korean engineer examines on-road charging of electric cars

by Mark Schwerin

Oct. 15, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of In-Soo Suh.
In-Soo Suh
KALAMAZOO--Dr. In-Soo Suh will speak at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Room D-132 of the Engineering and Applied Sciences Building at Western Michigan University on "An Overview of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology OLEV Technology: On-Road Dynamic Charging for EV." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Suh will discuss how, despite more attention being paid to electric vehicles, obstacles such as battery weight, volume, pricing, safety, life span, driving distance and charging time, serve as roadblocks to widespread use.

On-Line Electric Vehicle or OLEV is a new concept of charging electric vehicles while reducing battery dependence significantly by charging from the road. With the OLEV concept, electric vehicles can be charged while moving or stationary. The source of power is supplied through power cables beneath the road surface.

Suh is an associate professor in the Cho Chun Shik Graduate School for Green Transportation, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea. His expertise and research include the electric vehicle system with wireless and conductive charging infrastructure strategy, vehicle system integration focused on electrical power train and green transportation technology.

In addition to Suh's 15-year industrial experiences in the global automotive industry with Chrysler Corp. and GM Korea, he has expanded his career in academia an with emphasis on applied engineering research and education in green mobility. As a vehicle group leader in KAIST Wireless Power Transfer Project Group, he led the systematic efforts on the public launch of the OLEV system in Seoul Grand Park, which has been recognized as one of 50 inventions of 2010 by Time magazine.