Post-Conference Workshop - Thursday, February 18, 2021
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP SESSIONS: SHARING PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES ON WHOLE VEHICLE AND BATTERY INTEGRATION, PLUS MATERIAL SELECTION, ACROSS UNIBODY AND SKATEBOARD PLATFORMS
Building on feedback resulting from extensive research with OEMs and Suppliers in the BEV sector, American Business Conferences are pleased to announce that we are adding a third day to our long-running BEV Architecture conference, dedicated to highly interactive expert-led Workshop sessions.
These interactive workshops will offer delegates the opportunity to build upon the insight garnered throughout the main conference on the debate around Unibody and Skateboard designs. These sessions are focused on providing attendees with practical insight and experience rather than theory, and will explore in-depth how approaches to whole vehicle and battery integration, plus material selection decisions, are impacted by platform design and production methodologies.
In order to cover this complex subject in sufficient depth - and also to allow our delegates to decide how best to utilise their time, we are splitting Day Three into two sessions, each dedicated to Unibody and Skateboard designs respectively.
A maximum of 15 delegates in each session will lead a fluid, dynamic conversation about the chosen topic, sharing actual results and solutions, with viewing delegates being able to put forward questions for discussion and offer up solutions themselves. What's working? What are the results? How do you deliver those results?
08:30 Virtual Event Platform Opens
08:50Chair's Welcome And Introduction
- Unibody vehicles are the platform of choice for most traditional OEMs: is this trend set to continue, and if so - why? Does Unibody still represent the best option for manufacturing at scale?
- Exploring the benefits of the Unibody approach for optimal safety and reliability at a structural and battery level
- Why Unibody designs represent the best option for through-life carem from servicing to accessibility, to second life of vehicle batteries
- Material and design considerations/decisions unique to Unibody platforms, and why these differ from Skateboard designs - and why this matters for OEMs
- Does the Unibody platform represent the best options for smaller-scale startups and disruptors: how trade-offs in flexibility could be outweighed by improved scalability
- When leading disruptors like Tesla are utilizing a Unibody approach to vehicle design and manufacture, why are other companies opting for the Skateboard approach?
- How the Skateboard design could be the answer for traditional OEMs exploring how best to produce BEVs in plants designed for high-volume output right now
- Exploring how manufacturers can scale the Skateboard design to keep pace with growing demand over the next five to ten years
- How Skateboard design's construction impacts material choices for the battery enclosure, as well as integration of the battery itself
- Wider considerations around the Skateboard design's future utility - from battery servicing and accessibility to second life of vehicle batteries