BCIT SMART researchers expand its electric vehicle education globally

Countries worldwide are struggling to keep up with the global shift to electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Communities face barriers, ranging from the technologies that support electric vehicle adoption to the fundamentals of how electric vehicles work

With these barriers, professionals across sectors are faced with complex questions about the adoption and integration of EV into their communities.

The BCIT Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team (SMART) was commissioned by a group of business leaders in Jamaica to develop and deliver a short course on the fundamentals of electric vehicles (EV), EV charging, and the technologies that support them.

Twenty-five participants attended the course via Zoom over two days in November 2021. The course curriculum included: the fundamentals of EVs; EV charging and the technologies that support them; and critical analysis and best practices for planning EV infrastructure; safety standards training; and best practices and actions for developing EV strategies that support EV adoption goals.

“The course was well received and generated great dialogue among the Jamaica delegation,” said Clay Howey, Project Lead, BCIT SMART. “We balanced general information about EVs and EV infrastructure with information tailored to Jamaica and their needs. We obtained great feedback from the group and feel the course was a great success!”

The course is designed for professionals (planners, elected officials, community leaders, engineers, and educators) looking to advance the intersecting work of climate action and policy, and green transportation.  If your company is interested in this course please contact the SMART team for more information.


The BCIT Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team is working on research, development and demonstration (RD&D) initiatives aimed at solutions that will reduce barriers to the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs). These projects build on a recently completed renewable (solar PV) energy generation, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure project called Energy OASIS, located at BCIT’s Burnaby campus.

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