The 2nd International Electric Vehicle Expo was held at the International Convention Center on Jeju Island. From March 6th to March 15th, the International Convention Center (ICC) was adorned with booths, vehicles, visitors and excitement.
The 2nd IEVE described its roles as, “A bridge between E-mobility and the Green Community”. With the aim of building connections between automotive industries and the environment, in line with many companies’ goals to develop more sustainable drive systems, the IEVE has reflected an environmental friendly vision from the very beginning. The IEVE has reaffirmed its aim by nominating Jeju island, a green island endowed with rare natural beauty, as the venue for 2 consecutive years.
Ji Hoon Hyun, an undergraduate student at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), participated in the IEVE with his research team. They set up a booth to describe their recent efforts, “Our research team has been thoroughly studying ways to solve problems using mathematical algorithms.”
He went on to describe how the team has incorporated these algorithms into electric vehicles (EVs) to conduct experiments, “The cars on display were developed for experimentation. They helped us to analyze the science behind electric vehicles as well as the potential loss of energy. The exhibits on display aided in our investigation of the most efficient ways to conserve electricity for vehicles while simultaneously enhancing fluidity.”
What sets IEVE apart is its focus on electric eco-friendly vehicle technologies. The grand scale of the event, myriad of different booths, displays, and exhibits fascinated the visitors. The exhibition halls and booths were located on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th floors, and presenters proudly displayed a multitude of varied EV models.
A wide range of booths were set up. From multinational companies to local Jeju companies, they all came together to promote technological solutions to EVs. Although some electric vehicles were neither commonly used nor commercialized in the market yet, all exhibits appeared to contain a high potential for future production and sales.
Kim Dong Jae is a 3rd grader at Seogwipo High School visited the IEVE on March 15th. Although he was busy preparing his university application, he made time for a trip to the IEVE. He remarked that the visit to the IEVE was more than meaningful to him, ”My interest lies in vehicles. This expo has provided me with opportunities to learn about the internal structure of electric automobiles. Moreover, my friends and I had a great time exploring the all the stalls.”
By attracting visitors from around the world and reaching its goal of promoting green vehicle industries, the expo appears to have been a great success.
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