Day One - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Understand The Implications Of New Industry Collaborations & Platform Sharing Innovations Combined With Stronger, Lighter Vehicle Structures 

08:30   Chair's Welcome and Introduction

OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL:
FUTURE DIRECTIONS ON EV PLATFORMS AND ARCHITECTURES

08:40   Designing & Optimizing New Platforms And Architectures For EVs - How New Platform Sharing Initiatives And Collaboration Is Innovating EV System Integration

  • Vehicle platforms and architectures for electrification
  • Industry trends to more common dedicated (native) EV platforms
  • Delivering greater flexibility with less cost
  • Lightweighting innovation - What is being done to reduce the overall mass of the vehicle?
  • Increasing the level of integration to reduce cost
  • Understand the implications of new industry collaborations and platform sharing
  • Future of the BEV vs. PHEV in different vehicle types, including hybrid architecture choices and range extender benefits  
  • What can we learn from benchmarking studies of current models?

Leon Kaunitz, Director of Body, Structural Engineering and Advanced Technology, NIO

Dr. Fei Xiong, Vice President, Product Engineering, Electric Vehicles, Qiantu Motor

Lewis Horne, CEO And CTO, Uniti

James Truskin, Technical Fellow, Body Advanced Architecture,Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Discover What The Latest, Cutting- Edge Innovations In New Battery Technologies Mean For Vehicle Design

OPENING KEYNOTE 2: AN UPDATE ON THE FAST-CHANGING BATTERY MARKET 

09:20   Hear How New Battery Technology Improvements And Industry Changes Are Impacting Future Design Philosophies

Technology Strategy For EV Design:

  • How are battery suppliers working with OEMS in 2019?
  • Battery sizing - How much is big enough?
  • Comparing trends for in-house development by OEMs vs. outsourcing the production of the battery
  • What are the new battery technology improvements that will be available in the next 12 - 36 months?
  • What role can ultracapacitors play in future EV powertrains to increase power density and reduce battery size?

Lewis Horne, CEO and CTO, Uniti

Oliver Kuttner, Chief Executive Officer, Edison2

09:50   Questions And Discussion

PANEL: CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH ON BATTERY MATERIALS AND DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS

10:00   Application Of Cutting Edge Research Into New Battery Materials And Design For Greater Energy Density And Efficiency

  • Latest Research into new materials including solid state batteries,
  •  Prospects for cheaper and lighter technology
  • Update on currently available battery technologies for EV that has been brought into production
  • What will be the next lithium ion chemistry that will make a difference to energy density, cost and performance?
  • Key innovations and development status of solid-state batteries- How close are they to commercialisation?
  • Why these technologies are such a big deal for OEMs

10:30   Questions And Discussion

10:40   Networking Coffee Break

FAST CHARGING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

11:10   Understand What The Future Of Fast Charging Technology Means For OEMs And Vehicle Design

  • Predicting the future of fast charging infrastructure
  • What are the implications for vehicle design now?
  • Increasing the overall energy efficiency of fast charging
  • Developments in charging with artificial intelligence (AI) that can extend battery longevity as much as two or three times that of traditional approaches
  • Moving towards greater harmonization of standards globally

George Johnson, EV Infrstructure Specialist, Chanje

11:40   Questions And Discussion

Compare Different Approaches To Integrating Body Structure And Battery

EV START-UP CASE STUDY ON MACRO LEVEL INTEGRATION 

11:50   A Unique Perspective On Battery Packaging And Integration Into The Body Structure

  • Potential for adopting modular design of EV batteries between different car platforms
  • How can greater integration of functionality within the battery be achieved in the most effective way?
  • Optimal methods of holding and protecting cells in a module
  • Adhesives innovation and thermal dissipation materials for assembling the battery
  • Choice of battery configuration - single vs. multiple pack approaches
  • Making the battery pack denser - tighter packaging benefits in terms of increased range and reduced energy consumption by the system
  • How are the bigger battery suppliers working with OEMs?
  • Should EV battery manufacture be moved from full service supplier to in-house?

Leon Kaunitz, Director of Body, Structural Engineering and Advanced Technology, NIO

12:20   Questions And Discussion

ESTABLISHED OEM INTEGRATION VIEW

12:30   An Established OEM Perspective On Materials, Methods And Mechanisms For Integrating The Battery Frame Into The Vehicle Structure

  • The OEM perspective on use of carbon fiber, aluminium and steel in battery case housings
  • Mixing aluminum and steel - Best practices in joining electrically and structurally
  • Hot forming approaches to enable better use of high strength, but previously hard to use, 7000 series aluminum for body structures
  • What new types of welding technologies could be used in battery frames to avoid distortions and compromising the design?  

13:00   Questions And Discussion

13:10   Networking Lunch

LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIAL SELECTION FOR BODY IN WHITE INTEGRATION

14:10   Application Of Lightweight Aluminium And High Strength Steel, As Well As Other Multi-Material Combinations, To Protect The Battery And Integrate With The Body In White

  • How to leverage the battery to contribute to the structural strength and torsional stiffness of the body in white structure
  • What are OEMs are doing in terms of using carbon fiber, aluminum or steel case battery housings?
  • Maximizing the value of multi-materials - The right material in the right place, free from legacy constraints
  • Understanding the strong cross-links between autonomous vehicles and the need for advanced lightweight materials

 Mike Tozier, Manager, Advanced Product Development, Norsk Hydro

14:40   Questions And Discussion

DISRUPTIVE MATERIALS AND JOINING ADVANCES FOR BATTERY INTEGRATION

14:50   Critical Choices In Advanced Materials For Body Structure Joining And Battery System Integration- What Are The Latest Disruptive Technologies And Materials?

  • Understanding what lightweight materials are available at lower/ reasonable cost - developments with high strength steels, aluminium and hybrid materials
  • Mixing aluminum and steel - Best practices in joining electrically and structurally
  • Disruptor materials including thermoforming carbon fiber
  • What new types of welding technologies could be used in battery frames to avoid distortions and compromising the design?  

Troy Waldherr, North American Sales Manager, TOX Pressotechnik

15:20   Questions And Discussion

15:30   Networking Coffee Break

OPTIMAL BATTERY PLACEMENT AND CONFIGURATION

16:00   Simulation For Optimal Battery Placement And Configuration

  • What can be achieved in the design process to optimize a multi-material structure integrating the battery?
  • Where can you best locate and integrate the battery? - What are the advantages?
  • How can you optimize cabling and cable lengths to reduce losses during power transfer?
  • Battery placement scenario examples

16:30   Questions And Discussion

INCREASING POWER DENSITY

16:40   What Role Can Ultracapacitors Play In Increasing Power Density For Enhanced Vehicle Performance And Reduced Battery Size

  • Realising the benefits of ultracapacitors in the EV drivetrain
  • Impacts on EV development including powertrain, battery solutions and regenerative braking
  • Combining nanotechnology and ultracapacitors for enhanced energy storage and transfer

17:10   Questions And Discussion

BATTERY PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

17:20   Battery Management To Increase EV Range And Performance

  • Temperature regulation - what are the prospects for designing and    developing a battery that operates across a wider range of temperatures?
  • Effective use of endurance testing in hot and cold climates - How do you keep batteries warm at low temperatures to make them work?
  • Should OEM's take the battery management software in-house?

17:50   Questions And Discussion

18:00   Close of Day One & Networking Drinks Reception - Sponsored by Hydro

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