Sunday, November 28, 2021

OPEN REGISTRATION: "Fueling Our Future Transporation Needs" technical meeting

Our next free online event on "Fueling Our Future Transportation Needs" is on Dec 13, 6PM-7:30PM. Register now and join us!

Our guest speaker will be William (Bill) Chamberlin. Conventional petroleum-based transportation fuels have undesirable impacts on health, the environment, and geopolitics. Advances in fuels, and power/storage systems may address issues that are concerning without sacrificing mobility expectations. Bill Chamberlin will draw on his 30+ years in R&D and participation in alternative fuel developments to highlight some of the obstacles to progressing these advances to reality. The current desire to move away from the hazards of current fossil fuels will not be a success if it results in exchanging known problems for new ones. Previous efforts to develop alternatives can highlight some of the issues that need to be considered for a successful transition. Some examples of the areas that will be discussed are safety, cost, and resource supply. 

Brief Biography  (William Chamberlin) 
MS, BA Chemistry, Miami U. (Ohio).  Thirty four years R&D at Lubrizol developing lubricants for advanced power plants and alternative fuels; retired (to consultant) 2004.  Fellow Society of Automotive Engineers, 2003 Outstanding Chemist of Year Award (Northeastern Ohio Am. Chem. Soc. Section); 19 publications, 2 book entries, 15 U.S. Patents

Saturday, November 13, 2021

SAE NW Technical Event: Seattle’s Clean Transportation Electrification Blueprint


SAE NW Technical event: Seattle’s Clean Transportation Electrification Blueprint with Andrea Pratt, Climate and Transportation Advisor for the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Sustainability & Environment on Nov 16, 2021, 5 PM Pacific.

Seattle’s Transportation Electrification Blueprint is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive citywide plan that outlines how the City will move toward a clean and equitable transportation system to reduce climate emissions and air pollution, increase electric mobility options, and create a pipeline of green jobs and workforce diversity. The result of this collective, multi-departmental effort is a 2030 vision for Seattle’s electrified future and outlines concrete actions City departments will take over the next two years that will make progress towards those goals.

Andrea Pratt manages the citywide transportation electrification program and works to advance policy, pilots, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and pushing market transformation to electrify everything that moves people, goods and services. Her efforts are centered on racial equity and environmental justice. She coordinated and authored Seattle’s Transportation Electrification Blueprint:

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Registration is open for hybrid and electrical vehicle technical meeting event

Registration is now open for November 22 hybrid and electric vehicle technical event:

Dr. Mohamed Zaher will be our guest speaker for the meeting, discussing "what every automotive engineer needs to know" with regards to electric and highly-electrified vehicles.

This and more can be found in the November newsletter.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Featured Company: Volterra

SAE BC is proud to support Volterra, a Vancouver-based software company with a focus on electric vehicle battery health management and performance. Check out their 3 job openings: backend developer, EV telematics engineer, and frontend developer on our website: 

Learn more about Volterra EVCare technology!



Sunday, October 24, 2021

MCI battery bus sets a world distance record in BC

Canadian highway bus darling MCI had a demonstration coach run through the province recently, where it set an electric bus distance record, going from Vancouver to Kelowna on a single charge:

The same bus had actually set the previous record on a prior trip, from Kelowna to Delta, but had so much charge left in reserve, the crew gained confidence that the trip could be done in reverse, climbing up the Coquihalla Highway.

Photo by Jay Munoz of Caption Photography Media

Congratulations to the team behind the vehicle, from engineering, to craftsmen to operators, and thank you for making beautiful British Columbia a part of the record attempt!

Monday, October 4, 2021

SAE BC Student Night

It's time to kick off another season of technical meetings with our annual traditional Student Night event:

October 2021 newsletter

Click on the newsletter link above for some more details.  The event will be October 18, 6:00 PM.  Register here:

Also within the newsletter is mention of the event topics survey, from our earlier post.  Make sure to have your say in what we get to cover this year:

Monday, September 27, 2021

SURVEY: 2021/22 SAE Speaker Selection

SAEBC is back for a new season and we need your help to select excellent speakers for our webinars! Click here:

If you recall last year, we had great success hosting speakers with topics like lightweight design, vehicle assembly manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, race car history, and Lyft's Mirai ride sharing.