Automotive Research Conferences Present Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century: Next Generation Electric Vehicle Strategies
Our 8th annual Powertrain Strategies Automotive Research Conferences for the 21st Century takes place as the government is about to release its draft midterm review document that will discuss the progress the manufacturers have made in meeting annual CAFE goals, the technologies and strategies the manufacturers (and suppliers) are implementing to meet these goals, analyses of the advantages and disadvantages of new technologies that may be used in the near future, and their recommendation for the 2025 timeframe concerning CAFE goals.
One of the powertrain areas that probably has been a surprise for some of the regulators was the improvements in battery technology that has a luxury vehicle, the Tesla Model S, with over 200 miles of range and a Supercharger system that recharges the vehicle to 50-80 percent of the original charge in 15-20 minutes. The mass market brands, the Nissan Leaf, that now has a range of over 100 miles, and the upcoming Chevy Bolt that is advertised as having a 200 mile range also show great technological progress at a lower price point than in the past.`
Our goal for this one day conference is to examine next generation electric vehicle strategies from the perspective of the electric vehicle’s main components: the battery, battery pack, power management system, and wheel motors, as well as manufacturer strategies. Some of the experts on these topics will be able to discuss future trends, while other speakers will focus on the current generation of EVs. By combining these perspectives, we will be able to see the path each technology has taken and estimate where it will head in the near future.
The speakers will be able to provide answers to the following technological EV questions: What type of batteries will be part of the next generation electric vehicle? What will be the platform, marketing, and charging infrastructure strategies by manufacturers for next generation electric vehicles? What type of electrical systems will dominate next gen EVs? What can we see in how manufacturers are currently developing EVs that informs us about future EVs? How are companies using universities to support next generation EVs? What type of incremental improvements in vehicle weight reduction, battery technologies, powertrain components, power and energy requirements, and powertrain energy and power densities will we expect from EVs in the short and long term?
This event will provide attendees with a better understanding of the evolutionary path EVs will take in the near term as well as the long term by examining the major components that make up EVs. By hearing from representatives from battery makers, auto manufacturers, academic experts, and national lab researchers, we will be able to learn about as well as question different scenarios for EVs.