Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

Rapid Electric Vehicle Charging - Charging in Minutes (CharM)

Recognizing the government’s call for cleaner and more efficient vehicles, a team of researchers from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP EEEI) developed a rapid charging system for electric vehicles (EV) in the Philippines that can recharge local EVs in a matter of minutes as opposed to the conventional 4-6 hours slow charging. Apart from the charging system, a smart battery control unit that implements a communication protocol with the charger for enhanced battery protection and battery brand authentication was also developed.

The project’s outputs will help enhance the continuity of E-Trike and E-Jeep operations by reducing the charging time. Coined as "CharM" or Charging in Minutes, this EV charger aims to eliminate the opportunity cost for drivers when using slow charging for their vehicles. The battery management system, on the other hand, will help ensure better battery integrity and safety. In the mid- to long term, the facility utilized for R&D by the project is desired to serve as a means to test and qualify lithium ion batteries and even EVs for road worthiness and compliance with Philippine National Standards.

 

COMMERCIAL PROJECT DEPOLYMENT

The project is already in a commercial deployment stage in Cauayan City, Isabela where two CharM chargers are installed to service local E-Trikes in the area. This is also in conjunction with the City Government’s vision for a “Smarter and More Progressive City” and their introduction of a fleet-managed and greener mass transport service through E-Trikes. The current project deployment also aims to serve as a market validation study to ultimately come up with a proper marketing strategy for the CharM chargers in order to be economically sustainable.

The commercialization stage of the project is made possible through the coordination of DOST PCIEERD, University of the Philippines, Isabela State University, Electronics Industries Association of the Philippines, Inc. (EIAPI), and the City Government of Cauayan City, Isabela.

For more information, please contact Asst. Prof. Lew Andrew Tria (lew.tria@eee.upd.edu.ph) of the Artesyn Power Electronics Laboratory (PEL) of the UP EEEI or Engr. Leo Allen Tayo (leoallen_tayo@rocketmail.com), CharM Technical Project Leader. For interested partners, you may also visit the DOST PCIEERD site for more project details at http://pcieerd.dost.gov.ph/opportunities/call-for-partners

CharM Charger Prototype 1 with the Technical Project Team at UP EEEI Power Electronics Laboratory
EV Charging Station visit - (left to right) DOST Secretary Fortunato "Boy" dela Pena; CharM Developer Engr. Leo Allen Tayo; Cauayan City Mayor Hon. Bernard Faustino Dy; DOST Region 2 Regional Director Engr. Sancho Mabborang; ISU President Dr. Ricmar Aquino.
DOST Secretary Fortunato "Boy" dela Pena charges a solar ETrike using CharM at the ISU EV Charging Station, Cauayan City, Isabela, 18 August 2017
CharM Chargers installed at Isabela State Universiy, Cauayan City, Isabela
CharM Chargers in operation at Isabela State Universiy, Cauayan City, Isabela
Electric vehicle motorcade during the CharM Project Launching in Cauayan City, Isabela last May 22, 2017
Ceremonial ribbon cutting during the CharM Project Launching in Cauayan City, Isabela last May 22, 2017. From left to right: Dr. Precila Delima, OIC ISU-CC; Dr. Emilia Martinez, ISU OIC President; Cauayan City Administrator as Representative of Mayor Bernard Dy; Engr. Sancho Mabborang, Regional Director DOST Region 2; Dr. Ricmar Aquino, ISU President; Engr. Marcelo Miguel, Provincial Director DOST Isabela.
CharM Prototype 2 with the Technical Project Team & ISU Officials at Cauayan City, Isabela
Connecting the CharM charge coupler to an ETrike.