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USA: Advanced Automotive Battery Technology, Application and Market

Session 1: Market Development of EVs, HEVs, and their Batteries – Wednesday February 8, 2:00 pm

Session Chairman:
Dr. Menahem Anderman, President, Advanced Automotive Batteries

The first mass-produced EV and PHEV, respectively the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, entered the market last year and have only achieved mediocre sales volumes so far, in spite of heavy subsidies. At the same time, the U.S. have signed into law a set of new, radically more stringent, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards that can barely be achieved without significant vehicle hybridization. In this session, independent industry observers and representatives of governments and carmakers will assess the various market-growth scenarios and sift through the proposed electrified-vehicle configurations to discuss the likely direction of the advanced-vehicle market and the impact on the advanced automotive battery industry.

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Session 2: Batteries for Hybrid Electric Vehicles – Thursday February 9, 9:00 am
Session Chairman:
Ted J. Miller, Senior Manager of Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford

Lithium Ion has recently been introduced into small-volume hybrid-vehicle offerings, yet all high-volume producers are still offering their vehicles with NiMH batteries. How fast will Lithium-Ion penetrate the market and which cell and pack design will provide the best cost-performance trade-off and still guarantee reliability and safety? These crucial issues will be addressed in this session by major automakers as well as Li-Ion developers.

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Session 3: Advances in PHEV and EV Batteries – Thursday February 9, 2:00 pm
Session Chairman:
Elmar Hockgeiger, Department Manager Electrical Storage Systems, BMW Group

There is only one significant obstacle to widespread commercialization of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles: the energy-storage device known as the battery. In this session we will review the latest progress in PHEV and EV-battery technology as well as the cost, logistics, and infrastructure aspects of vehicle electrification to assess how close EV/PHEV technology is to offering acceptable value to the market.

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Session 4: Battery Pack Components and Integration for Electrified Vehicles – Friday February 10, 9:00 am
Session Chairman:
Michael Keller, Leader Energy Storage, Volkswagen AG

Electrical management is crucial to ensure the reliability and safety of automotive batteries in the field. In this session, developers of battery-management electronics and pack integration hardware will discuss requirements, challenges, and solutions for a cost-effective integration of energy-storage packs into electrified vehicles.

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Session 5: Battery Technology for Heavy-Duty and Commercial Hybrids – Friday February 10, 1:15 pm
Session Chairman:
Kevin D. Beaty, Manager, Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing Hybrid Power Systems Division, Eaton Corporation

Commercial and heavy-duty vehicles entail additional challenges but also unique opportunities for vehicle hybridization and electrification. In this session we will review progress with the electrification of larger and specialty vehicles and analyze current and proposed energy-storage solutions for these vehicles.

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