Electric Vehicles & The Grid

This mornings topic will be Electric Vehicles & the Grid. We will be viewing a video on the subject and having a discussion.
You are invited to join us to view a video on the topic of Electric Vehicles & the Grid. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow EGG members. If you are new to this organization and have never attended an EGG event, it is a chance to explore how you can benefit from being a member and volunteering.
Thursday Morning, March 05, 2015 8:15 am - 9:45 am
Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place Saratoga, CA  95070

This Event is Free!

Tour of the Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technology Laboratory

dr fred berez sjsu picThe EcoGreen Group will be hosting a second tour of Prof. Barez lab at San Jose State University.

Please let Al Sanchez-Chew know if you will be coming before Wednesday, August 13th midnight. This is to let Prof. Barez know in advance the number of visitors. If you have friends coming with you, please let Al know the number of people.



The tour will take place on Friday afternoon August 15, 2014 at 2-4 pm.

Please arrive at least 5 min. early and meet at the Engineering Building Main Lobby, across from the new Student Union Building. The Engineering Building is located on East San Fernando Street between 7th and 8th Streets.

The Campus map and links to parking & transit information can be found at . It seems the "ENG" main lobby is on the south side of the building, it faces "SU". 

Redefining Transportation: Electrifying Trucks & Busses

Silicon Valley Clean Tech Speaker Series

A Presentation by Jim Castelaz

motiv logo 1Trucks and buses are critical parts of our transportation infrastructure; moving people, products, materials, and even our garbage.   Imagine a world where local delivery trucks and buses no longer spew diesel exhaust or fill their tanks with fossil fuel.  Motiv makes this possible, driving the change to electrified trucks and buses.  Come learn how this local start-up company’s innovative strategy and products make this possible.   Come meet the founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems and learn how Motiv is changing this oft-forgotten industry. The presentation will cover, among other things, the items below:  


  • What are the challenges, trends and future of electric trucks and buses?
  • Why is this segment poised to make a huge impact in our global fossil fuel dependence?
  • How will this change fundamentally alter our capability to move goods and people?

Read more: Redefining Transportation: Electrifying Trucks & Busses

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy

A Presentation by Mathiew Gardette

An overview of early markets and perspective on alternative transportation energy solutions.

  • What is the current status of fuel cell technologies?    
  • What is the value proposition of H2-energy and fuel cells with regard to global energy economic challenges?    
  • Which are the early markets?    
  • How will those markets get the industry and general public ready for H2 mobility?    
  • How soon to come?

These questions naturally lead to a deeper look at the latest developments on the California roadmap for H2 fuel infrastructure as well as a discussion as to why the introduction of FCEVs in the automotive market is still controversial and whether FCEVs and BEVs (battery electric vehicles) complement one another or are competitors.

Read more: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy

Writing a Business Plan - An Example, the E-Trike

e trike 2 picThe E-Trike is a novel yet amazingly practical personal transportation vehicle that promotes health and mobility. The E-Trike is a human powered recumbent tricycle with an electric motor assist.

  •  - Who are the Potential Customers?    
  •  - What is the Future for our product and for individual transportation?    
  •  - Presenting the E-Trike Short Business Plan


Read more: Writing a Business Plan - An Example, the E-Trike

Sustainable Mobility: Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

sjsu pic 2Dr. Fred Barez will present an overview of the history and the motivation resulting in the development and need for sustainable mobility including alternative fuel vehicle technologies. He will discuss the current state of such vehicle manufacturing, the opportunities, and the challenges. 


  • What are some alternative fuel vehicle technologies?
  • What is the current state of manufacturing?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges? 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Feb 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

About the Presenter

fred berez picDr. Fred Barez is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at San Jose State University.  He is director of three laboratories in the department, Electronics Packaging and Design, Smart Home and Energy Efficiency, and the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Laboratory. He developed 18 new courses at San Jose State University including Solar Energy Engineering, Alternative and Renewable Sources of Energy, and most recently, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Fundamentals. Previously he developed courses related to Disk Drive Engineering, High Vacuum Systems Engineering, Fiber Optics Engineering, Electronics Packaging and Design, and Biomechanics. He was awarded the Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Professor of the year nine times for Outstanding Teaching and Service and the Most Inspirational Faculty by the Department Students. He was the recipient of the College of Engineering Meritorious and Performance Award. He was awarded the ASME’s National Dedicated Service Award, Regional Service Award, as well as the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.

Prior to joining San Jose State University, Dr. Barez worked in disk drive and semiconductor industries and was founder and co-founder of two companies. His contributions resulted in significant increase in disk drive data storage capacity and the products he developed affected the performance of over 50%  of all disk drives manufactured in the world. Dr. Barez is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Engineering Council, an umbrella organization of several professional engineering societies and served as its president for two terms. He was the Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Santa Clara Valley Section. Dr. Barez earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California in Berkeley.

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