xEV Battery Technology, Application & Market

June 6-7, 2018 | Del Coronado | San Diego, CA


Increased pressure from governments to reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions, coupled with a significant improvement in the performance-to-cost ratio of automotive batteries, has accelerated the rate of xEV development across the globe. Just as important, the automakers’ view of the marketability of battery-powered EVs has become much more optimistic and they are expanding their xEV development efforts while pulling in and increasing the volumes of production plans.

This new situation has created significant opportunities for the xEV supply chain but with those come notable risks. The expectations of both the carmakers and the consumers for lower pricing, longer driving range, and fast charge capability are all demanding and, of course, durability and safety cannot be sacrificed. We, at AABC, understand automotive battery requirements, including those of batteries with lower cost, higher energy density, wide operating-temperature ranges, high power, and the ability to accept fast charge, and, of course, safety and durability. The opportunity is huge but so are the challenges—we have thus created a program to help you follow the trends, the issues, and the directions adopted by key players.

Final Agenda

Wednesday, June 6

8:00 am Conference Registration and Morning Coffee (Garden Patio)


9:00 Chaiperson's Opening Remarks

Menahem Anderman, PhD, President, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

9:05 Technology, Incentives, Regulations, and Customer Interest

Dan Sperling, PhD, Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, ITS Davis

What is the role of policy and consumer preferences in the transition to electrified vehicles? In this talk, both light and heavy duty vehicles will be addressed, including buses—with a focus on California and the US, but also with reference to Europe and China. I will address the historic and future role of vehicle performance standards, ZEV mandates, and vehicle purchase incentives (cars, trucks, and buses), and provide some insights and evidence about consumer and vehicle supplier responses to these policies and incentives.

9:25 xEV Implementation – What’s Working and What’s Not?

Ted Miller, Senior Manager, Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford Motor Company

Vehicle electrification is now occurring apace due to a variety of factors, including regulatory pressure, environmental concerns, and customer preference. There are key economic and technical enablers in play that are helping to usher xEV implementation. However, barriers to universal adoption remain. This presentation will consider what’s working (enablers), such as increasing fuel cost and air quality concerns, as well as technical successes, including lower battery cost, increased energy density, and fast charging. Among the barriers, or what’s not working, considered are vehicle package compromise, low temperature operating penalty, materials cost, etc.

9:45 Toyota’s View on Electrification of the Major World Vehicle Markets

Michael Lord, Executive Engineer, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, NA

In the race towards electrified transportation, multiple regional and national policies are pushing and pulling OEM product strategies, often in different directions. Every OEM is looking to align electrified product strategy not just with these policies but also market conditions. This presentation will review Toyota’s view on this topic and will touch upon worldwide sales trends, our expectations of market pull for different xEV technologies, and what the future might have in store.

10:05 – 11:00 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Ballroom)

11:00 xEV-Architecture Directions in the Major World Markets

Menahem Anderman, PhD, President, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

This presentation will assess the expansion of the xEV market. It will show that while xEV market expansion is now unstoppable, the pace of growth for each of the of xEV architectures is tied to i) regional-government regulations, ii) battery and vehicle technology and cost development, and iii) consumer eagerness. Predicting the growth of both the xEV market and the batteries that will power the vehicles is thus tied to anticipating development in the above three areas. We will attempt to provide some likely scenarios and estimate the resulting battery and xEV markets.

11:30 Key Issues in Promotion of Chinese plug-in Vehicles and the Differences between Chinese NEVs and those in the Rest of the World

Mark Lu, PhD, Certified Senior Industrial Analyst, Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

In the past 5 years, the Chinese xEV market has become the biggest plug-in vehicle market in the world. Compared to the US, the promotion of Chinese New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) covers a number of key issues like policies, subsidies and regional promotions. Therefore, this presentation will highlight the differences between Chinese NEVs and the rest of the world’s. In addition, technical & industrial battery requests and the material supply-and-demand relationship will also be covered.

12:00 pm Latest Analysis of xEV and LIB Battery Technology and Market Trends

Takeshi Miyamoto, Senior Vice President, B3 Corporation

BEV/PHEV markets are continuing significant growth in these years with the future tighter environmental regulations as a background. B3 will present results for the latest status of the xEV market, examine the latest status of the LIB suppliers, and describe noteworthy moves including technology trends in this industry.

12:20 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) (Windsor Lawn)

1:25 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) (Ballroom)


2:20 Chairperson’s Remarks

Ted Miller, Senior Manager of Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford Motor Company

2:25 Continued Glimpses into xEV Batteries on the Market – AVL Series Battery Benchmarking

Wenzel Prochazka, Battery Manger, Battery Benchmarking Program, AVL List GmbH

The program provides a database for objective comparison in technical attributes as well as in engineering methodology with market competitors for clear system target definition of high performing, reliable and safe batteries. 270 different criteria are evaluated through AVL benchmarking metrics displayed in 8 high level attributes. The found integrated system performance values in cell, mechanical and electrical system are pointed out to support current and future development programs. Example vehicles are the Mitsubishi Outlander, Tesla Model X and Chevrolet Bolt.

2:45 Silicon Anode Development for High-Energy, Long-Cycle-Life Lithium-Ion Cells

Sujeet Kumar, PhD, CEO, ZenLabs Energy

Silicon is a promising next-generation anode material to enable electric vehicle with long range. However, its cycle life is limited due to large volume changes and pulverization during charge-discharge. We present lithium ion cells for electric vehicles based on silicon electrodes having high active content (>60%) that has shown to cycle over 700 times in a large format cell. Energy, Power & Cycling behavior under various duty cycles will be presented. The cells with silicon electrode also exhibit excellent fast charge capability.

Henkel Electronics 3:05 How the Need for Fast Charging in E-Mobility Drives Development for New High Efficient Thermal Conductive Materials

Terry Solberg, AE/AE GTM Thermal, AE, Henkel

3:25 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) (Ballroom)

4:20 What is EV Battery Technology Likely to Look Like in 2025?

Menahem Anderman, PhD, President, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

While the fundamental cell technology and manufacturing processes have barely changed since their 1991 market introduction, Li-ion batteries have been on a continuous path of technology improvement and cost reduction. Their compelling characteristics have made them the technology of choice for most applications including hybrid and electric vehicles. This presentation will explore how much further the technology can evolve and whether or not a shift to a different chemistry or a drastic change in electrolyte, anode, or cathode composition are feasible in the next 8-10 years.

5:00 Q&A

Toyota 5:20 Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Ballroom)

6:30 Close of Day

Thursday, June 7

8:15 am Continental Breakfast Roundtable Discussions (Carousel)

Join your colleagues and fellow delegates over breakfast for a focused, informal discussion moderated by a member of our speaking faculty. A small group format allows participants to meet potential collaborators, share examples from their own work, vet ideas with peers, and be part of a group problem-solving endeavor. Please click here for full details.


9:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

Bob Taenaka, Technical Specialist, Battery System Development at Ford Motor Company

9:35 xEV Batteries For Service Replacement Needs 10+ Years After the End of Production

Bob Taenaka, Technical Specialist, Battery System Development at Ford Motor Company

xEV batteries must be designed not only to meet warranty and operational design life targets that are often 8-10 years, but provision must be made to have service replacement batteries available for as long as 10-15 years after the end of xEV battery and vehicle production. This paper describes the technical needs of a service replacement battery, as well as strategies for making them available for 10+ years after the end of battery cell and battery pack mass production.

9:55 Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicle Batteries for Enhanced Safety, Longevity, and Economics

Chris Mi, PhD, Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, San Diego State University

EV battery charging with wireless power transfer technology, which provides enhanced safety, reduce cost, improve reliability and longevity.

10:15 Scalable 48V Battery for Application in Low Voltage μHEV Market

Daniel Le, PhD, Lead Systems Engineer, Johnson Controls

10:35 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) (Ballroom)

11:35 Estimation of Probable Distribution of Users’ Li-Ion Battery Performances

Takuya Miyashita, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

The presentation addresses a method of estimating probability distribution of Li-ion battery performances. Statistical simulation of various big data by means of Honda’s vehicle, battery and battery degradation models enables Honda to estimate distribution of Li-ion battery capacities for Honda’s hybrid electric vehicles in actual users’ usage conditions. This method helps Honda to estimate probability distribution of battery performances after degradation and optimally design the performance and cost of Li-ion batteries for target markets.

11:55 Reliable Batteries for Extreme Usage - Meeting the Challenge of Longer Life, Expanded Temperatures, and Stringent Requirements

Brian Sisk, Vice President Product Development, A123 Systems LLC

Lithium-ion batteries are continually being asked to do more and cost less. As an example, 48V MHEV systems originally tasked with achieving fuel economy targets under standard conditions are now being asked to do much more. Power demands for charge and discharge are ever-increasing, and new functions such as cold cranking are demanded by vehicle manufacturers seeking to eliminate the lead-acid battery. Additionally, temperature ranges are widening to ensure usability by customers in extreme climates. In this presentation, we consider changes in requirements to 48V and high-voltage battery systems, and how that impacts our mission of developing highly reliable batteries. Emerging requirements, novel modeling techniques, and design strategies will be presented.

12:15 pm Application of Robust 'Real World' Usage Cases to Predict Battery Life

Valentina Gentili, PhD, Advanced Battery TS, Jaguar Land Rover

OEMS have the responsibility to ensure performance and durability of their electric vehicles. Therefore, it is paramount to have a good understanding of the factors and mechanisms that play a role in the battery performance degradation. This presentation will describe the process followed to capture user requirements and the development of testing conditions that are as close as possible to 'real world' use to assess the implications that such factors may have on the battery performance over time.

12:35 Q&A

A123 Systems 12:50 Networking Lunch (Windsor Lawn)

1:40 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) (Ballroom)


2:25 Chairperson’s Remarks

Kevin Konecky, Battery Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

2:30 Industry Trends in Charging and Infrastructure

Kevin Konecky, Battery Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting, Inc

Lithium-ion battery systems are an enabling technology in the propagation of xEVs with longer range and higher-energy-density batteries, further enabling public acceptance are convenient and time-effective charging options. This presentation will review a large number of xEVs currently in production and discuss trends and diversity in the subsystem design choices that were implemented in each production system including charge capabilities. Different charging protocols and standards across the globe will be discussed with trends analyzed, as well as improvements to user convenience including faster DC-charging and wireless charging.

2:50 How Do We Power Millions of EVs?

Jason Appelbaum, CEO, EverCharge

With many new electric vehicles slated for 2020 and beyond cities, consumers, and OEMs must consider how they plan to power these vehicles. Investing in a massive infrastructure overhaul will be time consuming and expensive. However, by leveraging smarter dynamic charging technology we can power more vehicles by simply using power more efficiently.

3:10 Refreshment Break (Foyer)

3:30 Charging Infrastructure Controls and Technical Evaluations

Jordan Smith, P.E., Senior Engineer, Emerging Technologies, Grid Technology and Modernization, Southern California Edison

This presentation will provide an overview of SCE charging infrastructure technical evaluations, installation, use characteristics, and controls.

3:50 Ultra Power Dynamic Charging System for EV (450 kW)

Takamitsu Tajima, Chief Engineer, EV Development, Honda R&D Co Ltd.

4:10 Q&A

4:30 Closing Remarks

4:40 Close of Conference