Session 1: Market Development of Electrified Vehicles and Advanced Batteries
Menahem Anderman, President, Advanced Automotive Batteries
The advanced-vehicle industry is in flux. As low-cost micro-hybrid vehicles become part of the main-stream European car offerings and the strong, moderate, and mild-hybrid markets expand, automakers are accelerating the development of costly electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles—with uncertain market prospects. This session sifted through the proposed advanced vehicles and discussed the likely direction of the market and its effect on the advanced automotive battery industry.
Session 2: Energy Storage for Micro-Hybrids
Eckhard Karden, Technical Expert, Ford Research Aachen
With the continuous introduction of micro-hybrids as a standard design in several European models, the momentum to expand commercialization of these vehicles in Europe is intensifying. In this session, automakers presented vehicle development and energy-storage requirements for micro-hybrids and energy-storage developers explored the latest achievements in meeting the requirements of micro-hybrid architectures.
Session 3: Advances in Battery Performance for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Matthias Ullrich, Manager Advanced Battery Technology, Volkswagen AG
In this session, major automakers as well as Li-Ion cell and pack developers discussed various cell and pack designs and performance for each of the x-EV architectures with emphasis on life, safety, and cost-performance trade-offs.
Session 4: Battery Pack Engineering for Automotive Applications
Bertrand Largy, Responsable service métiers du GMP électrique, Renault
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 reviewed the requirements, challenges, and solutions for a cost-effective integration of energy-storage packs into electrified vehicles.
Session 5: Computer Simulations to Aid Automotive Battery Design and Performance Prediction
Robert Spotnitz, President, Battery Design LLC
Computer simulation is a powerful tool in vehicle and battery design, including the electrical, thermal, and mechanical aspects, and life, safety, and reliability simulation. This session explored the major features of battery modeling software and its application to electrical and thermal battery design and life estimation with the aim of improving design while reducing validation time and cost.