Local Electric Bus Manufacturer Prepares to Transport the Masses

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Co-hosted by IEEE Pikes Peak Section and its affiliated Power&Energy Society Chapter.

Meeting Location:
Room W101, Pikes Peak Community College Rampart Range Campus
11195 Highway 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Dr. Bruce Johnson, Chief Technology Officer of American Electric Vehicles (http://www.aevehicles.com/), will be discussing a new electric bus that has been designed at their corporate headquarters located in Palmer Lake, Colorado. The target market for this bus is US-based private fleets that currently use cutaway shuttle buses. AEV's bus is 100% battery-powered. The company's first prototype is currently on tour in Australia and has already generated considerable interest in a number of countries, including China and India.

Dr. Johnson will cover a number of topics, including comparisons between vehicles powered by electric motors vs. internal combustion engines, the battery technology used by their bus, some of the engineering tradeoffs that were made in their design, how the physical appearance of their bus came about, future trends in battery-powered transportation, and other topics guaranteed to stimulate the interest and imagination of both engineers and non-engineers alike.

Free pizza/drink will be served to IEEE members and will also be available to non-members for $5 (non-members are welcome to skip the pizza and attend the meeting free of charge).

Please register online if you will attend the seminar. If you are not a member leave the Member Number field near the top blank. Please indicate at the bottom of the registration page whether you are a member and want pizza, a non-member and want pizza ($5) or no pizza at all. This will help us plan how much to order.

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  Date and Time




  • Date: 21 Jul 2011
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
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  • 11195 Highway 83
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • United States 80921
  • Building: Pike Peak Community College Rampart Range Campus
  • Room Number: ROOM W101
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  • Co-sponsored by Pikes Peak Section
  • Starts 07 July 2011 12:00 AM
  • Ends 21 July 2011 02:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
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  • Menu: $5 Pizza (Not a Member), Free Pizza (Member), No Pizza


Dr. Bruce Johnson of American Electric Vehicles

Biography: Dr. Johnson has spent his entire 30-year post-graduate career working in and with start-up and R&D companies, where he has successfully transitioned numerous algorithm/software/electronics research and development projects into production. These products have included electromechanical systems, magnetic bearing systems, electro-hydraulic systems, active machining products, diesel fuel systems, electric vehicles, and precision navigation systems. He has served in numerous line and corporate management positions including Vice President of Engineering, Chief Technical Officer, Chief Operating Officer and team and group leads, including being a founder of three companies, one now publically held. He served on the Board of Directors of a Sturman Industries-Vickers joint venture.

He serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCCS. He has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in the ECE and MAE Departments at UCCS, and was named College of Engineering and Applied Sciences “Lecturer of the Year” in 2002.

Dr. Johnson received a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, where he was named a Draper Fellow, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Engineering-Physics, with highest honors, from the University of California at Davis.

Address:Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Dr. Bruce Johnson of American Electric Vehicles


Address:Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States