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Michael A. Tamor

Join ASU LightWorks and Michael A. Tamor for three sessions on the future of sustainable transportation in Arizona on Monday, November 19, 2012.

Join ASU LightWorks on Monday, November 19, 2012, for three discussions with Michael A. Tamor, Executive Technical Leader, Energy Systems & Sustainability Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company.

Tamor has served as Executive Technical Leader for Hybrid Vehicle and Fuel Cell Research at Ford since 2005, focusing on global electrification, enewable fuel and energy systems research. He leads Ford’s research on hybrid-electric vehicle and electric vehicle propulsion technologies. Tamor is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has published over 60 referred journal articles, authored chapters in four books, and holds 25 patents. He obtained a B.S. in Physics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Global Vehicle Usage Studies: Who Can Really Use an Electric Car?
Monday, November 19
9–10 a.m.
Old Main, Carson Ballroom

This talk will cover how the attractions of electric vehicles—zero emissions, efficiency and silence—are offset by limited range and long ‘refueling’ time. Analysis of day-to-day variations of vehicle usage leads us to a number of conclusions. Most significant is that limited EV range results in a level of inconvenience likely to be unacceptable to the vast majority of vehicle owners and if willing to accept the inconvenience, battery costs must be unrealistically low to achieve an economic return. Moreover, these findings appear to be somewhat universal, such that a ‘scalable city’ hypothesis may prove to be a powerful predictor of the evolution of transportation in the large cities of the developing world.

Envisioning a Sustainable Transportation Future in 2050
Monday, November 19
10:30 a.m.–noon
Old Main, Carson Ballroom

Join us for a workshop-style discussion where we will transport ourselves into the future. It is now 2050 and we have arrived at sustainable transportation in Arizona and we will be creating and telling stories of what the world around us looks like and how we got there. Come prepared to actively engage in the conversation.

Sustainable Personal Transportation: The re-electrification of the automobile
Monday, November 19
6–7:30 p.m.
SkySong, Convergence Room 150
free parking

This lecture will address the question, “Will personal automobiles have a place in a sustainable transportation future?” Our public dialog often accepts as facts that automobiles are far less efficient than other transportation modes, that electric driving will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that customers are ready to accept the compromises of a fully electric vehicle, and that plug-in vehicles will somehow accelerate the introduction of clean electric generation. This presentation combines the physics of energy storage, publicly-available data and studies of real-world vehicle usage to challenge these conceptions and provoke a more thoughtful conversation about our energy future.

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