The future of electric mobility: PUCRS welcome South Korean specialists

PUCRS event brought together Brazilian and South Korean experts for discussions and possibilities for advancing vehicle electrification

02/09/2022 - 09h12

Photo: Giordano Toldo

Attentive to the needs of the present and the future, our University has been an important agent for the safe and qualified expansion of electric mobility in Brazil. On Friday, Aug 26, PUCRS welcomed Brazilian and South Korean specialists to discuss advancements in electric mobility. The international event was offered in support of E-mobility, which will set up the first laboratory in Latin America to test batteries for electric cars at the University.

The project results from the cooperation between PUCRS, through its complex of Specialized Laboratories in Electro-Electronics, Calibration and Testing (Labelo), PCN (product certification group), the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) and KTL, one of the largest and most technologically advanced testing and conformity assessment laboratories in the world, connected to the South Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Technology.

Bringing together researchers, students and companies in the sector, the event E-mobility: South Korean and Brazilian experiences in RD&I drew an audience of over 100 people.

Israel Teixeira, Director of Labelo, reinforced the commitment of the institution: “We need to be part of the global movement towards sustainable mobility. In view of our strategic positioning, PUCRS will be focusing on innovation and development as the institution believes it can contribute to making this change with quality and safety for society. Society itself expects us to play a leading role in this scenario”, he says.

During the mission in Brazil, South Korean specialists were also welcomed by the President of PUCRS, Br. Evilázio Teixeira, and went on a technical visit to learn more about the University’s facilities, including the Science and Technology Park of PUCRS (Tecnopuc) and Plug: Future Mobility Hub.

South Korean experiences in mobility 

The world’s leading reference in electric mobility, South Korea has taken a step further in the transition from combustion vehicles to electrified models with the production of vehicles and charging structures. In 2020, the government of Seoul, the South Korean capital, announced the “Diesel-Free” initiative, aiming to replace 100% of combustion cars with electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles across the public sector by 2025.

At PUCRS, the General Director of KTL, Tae-Seung Son, introduced the audience to the South Korean laboratory and the actions to implement solutions for the security of IoT (Internet of Things) in autonomous vehicles. KTL’s global testing and certification researcher, Sunhee Shin, highlighted trends in the industry from the emergence of Industry 4.0 and the Korean experience in developing chargers for electric cars. The Director of the Center for Electrical and Electronics Technology at KTL, Bum-Jong Kim, discussed the experience in battery safety testing.

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