On August 17, 2023 (Thursday), Department of EEE, Faculty of Engineering (FE), AIUB organized Dr. Anwarul Abedin lecture series on "Electric Vehicle – Challenges and Opportunities" in the Auditorium of AIUB at 11 AM. The seminar was organized in the honour of AIUB’s visionary Founder Chairman Dr. Anwarul Abedin who catalysed substantial transformation in the educational sector of the country.
The distinguished speaker Prof. Akhtar Kalam (Deputy Chair - Academic Board, Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), Melbourne, Australia) was warmly welcomed by the audience. The seminar was on the possible impact of Electric Vehicles (EV) on modern society, the factors impeding the widespread adoption of the technology across the world, and the future scope of research in this area. In the beginning of his engaging talk, Prof. Kalam discussed the factors that provide incentive for research on electric vehicles. He listed the biggest challenges that modern society currently faces, such as environmental pollution, high cost of energy, explosive population growth etc. Following a short interactive session with the audience about the impact of EVs on the electricity sector, Prof. Kalam discussed how EVs are different from fuel-based vehicles and provided a summary of the various categories of EVs. He listed the factors that play into the purchasing decisions of users, such as vehicle price, operating price (fuel price vs electricity price), green credentials, vehicle range, charging infrastructure etc. Prof. Kalam drew attention to the fact that despite being more expensive upfront, electric vehicles are cheaper in the long run due to lower cost per unit distance. He informed the audience about the Vehicle to Grid (V2G) scheme employed in Australia and discussed prospects for the eventual implementation of Vehicle to everything (V2X) scheme. After Prof. Kalam’s talk, Mr. Rolf Baum (International Recruitment Manager, Campus Manager Melbourne, EIT) encouraged students to work closely with industry to enrich themselves professionally and create positive social impact for Bangladesh.
At the end of the program, Prof. Dr. Md. Abdur Rahman (Pro Vice-Chancellor, AIUB) concluded the session with his closing remarks and handed over token of appreciation to the distinguished speaker.