Post-Conference Workshop - Thursday, February 18, 2021


Practical Design, Multi-material Selection And Construction Considerations For Battery Enclosures On Both Skateboard And Unibody Designs.

These practical, interactive, virtual workshops are designed for senior personnel from OEMs and suppliers alike who are looking for in-depth insight and hands-on experience in the way manufacturers are selecting and utilising specific materials for the construction of battery enclosures, and how this differs between platform designs. This morning workshop has been split into two streams, each devoted to either unibody or skateboard platforms, allowing attendees to select the content that is of most value to them. This workshop will enable participants to:

  • Gain access to high quality data on successful approaches, via practical case studies and examples
  • Understand new solutions for improving cost efficiency relating to material selection
  • Deliver practical strategies for material selection tailored to particular platforms

This morning workshop will be split into two simultaneous streams: attendees are free to choose the stream that best fits their requirements.

09:00 Workshop leaders open the sessions and invite attendees to forward and clarify their key learning objectives for the interactive sessions.


Unibody Stream

09:15 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

09:35 Material Selection: Material and design considerations/decisions unique to Unibody platforms, and why these differ from Skateboard designs - and why this matters for OEMs

11:00 Long-term Material And Construction Impact: The impact of material selection and the Unibody design on through-life care: from servicing to accessibility, and second life of vehicle batteries

12:30 Conclusions


Skateboard Stream

09:15 Introduction 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

09:35 Material Selection How Skateboard design's construction impacts material choices for the battery enclosure, as well as integration of the battery itself

11:00 Long-term Material And Construction Impact: Wider considerations around the Skateboard design's future utility - from battery servicing and accessibility to second life of vehicle batteries

12:30 Conclusions

12:45 - 13:30 Open, Inter-stream Forum For The Sharing Of Conclusions And Wider Discussion

13:30 End of Morning Workshop


A Best Practise, Interactive Workshop Showcasing Proven Solutions For Thermal Architectures

This practical, interactive, virtual workshop is designed for senior personnel from OEMs and suppliers alike who are looking for in-depth insight and hands-on experience in the latest developments relating to thermal management systems architecture. This relates not only to the comfort of the passenger, but also to next generation battery technologies; and varying cost and performance efficiencies across different systems and approaches. Attendees of our afternoon workshop can expect to:

  • Engage with industry peers across the US, exchanging practical experiences and solutions relating to thermal architectures
  • Learn how OEMs can deliver safe, efficient cabin comfort for consumers
  • Come away with an understanding of the latest thermal management architectures, and their relative strengths and weaknesses in terms of cost and performance efficiency
  • Establish the impact of new battery technology developments on the future of thermal management architectures, and what their impact will be going forward
  • Why there is no single leading thermal architecture, in terms of the way cells are heated and cooled, and how this might change

13:45 Workshop leader opens the sessions and invites attendees to forward and clarify their key learning objectives for the interactive session.

14:00 Cabin Comfort And Vehicle Safety : An interactive opening session exploring the major priorities shaping OEM decisions relating to thermal architecture design and implementation - from the comfort of the passenger (potentially shaping buying decisions), through to critical safety systems relating to cell-cooling and the prevention of thermal runaway.

15:30 Key Developments In Battery Technology : How the latest developments in battery technology could impact the way the industry approaches and prioritises thermal management. This session will explore the development of new battery cells (e.g. solid state), to the way these cells are packed in order to minimise thermal runaway

17:00 Towards A Single Leading Thermal Architecture : This session will explore the reasons why there is no standard, leading thermal architecture at present. Given the prevalence of Lithium-ion cells across the industry, and the shared challenges relating to the prevention of thermal runaway and battery safety, is it possible for manufacturers to arrive not just at a common standard, but common practical solutions? What would the benefits and drawbacks of a common architecture be?

18:00  Workshop Leader's Closing Remarks, And End of Afternoon Workshop


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