2017 Archived Content

Track 1

xEV Battery Technology, Applications, and Market

June 21-22, 2017 | Marriott Marquis Hotel | San Francisco, CA

Part of the 17th Annual Advanced Automotive Battery Conference


No longer able to meet the tightening government emission regulations with conventional diesel and gasoline engines, automakers have accelerated the development of their xEV offerings to meet the more stringent regulations that will start around 2018. Without clarity regarding the customers’ interest in these vehicles, developers are spreading their bets on multiple architectures—mild and strong hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery and fuel-cell electric vehicles—striving to meet the regulations at a cost they can pass to their customers. Consequently, while the expanding xEV market is alluring, the supply chain—particularly the battery suppliers—is under strong pressure to enhance performance, reduce pricing, and help automakers to improve the vehicles’ value proposition and achieve profitability.   

The wide range of energy-storage requirements for the many types of xEV architectures creates opportunities for multiple cell chemistries and cell and pack designs. In this conference: i) vehicle and battery developers for xEVs will discuss the chosen battery designs and present performance data for existing vehicles, ii) automakers will present vehicle development and energy-storage requirements for future micro-, mild-, and strong-hybrid vehicles, as well as for PHEVS and EVs, and iii) energy-storage developers will present the latest achievements in meeting the requirements of the various xEV architectures, including performance and life.

Final Agenda

Wednesday, June 21

8:00 am Main Conference Registration Open and Morning Coffee


9:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Menahem Anderman, Ph.D., President, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

9:05 Meeting ZEV and Customer Requirements

Michael LordMichael Lord, Executive Engineer, Product Regulatory Affairs/Environmental Regulation, Toyota Motor North America

Government mandates alone cannot assure ZEV goals are met. ZEV must fulfill the basic requirements of the customer in a cost effective manner. Only then will the ZEV market expand beyond the early adopter into the mass market. This presentation will explore what can be done to close the gap between where we are with the current market and where we want to go.

9:25 xEV Technologies to Reach ZEV Targets and Lower Fuel Consumption

Robert BienenfeldRobert Bienenfeld, Assistant Vice President, Environment & Energy Strategy, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Mr. Bienenfeld will provide an outlook for achieving 2030 goals. This will include an analysis of xEV pathways, infrastructure requirements, and critical policy support mechanisms to achieve these goals.

9:45 California CO2 Reduction Targets

Mike McCarthyMike McCarthy, CTO, ECARS, California Air Resources Board

ARB’s Scoping Plan outlines proposed actions to meet the most aggressive climate target in North America: a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030. ARB has also released a state strategy identifying the need for an additional 80 percent reduction in smog-forming emissions to meet national ambient air quality standards. Critical reductions are needed from mobile sources – cars, trucks, and off-road equipment and the fossil fuels that power them – as they are the largest contributors to the formation of smog and greenhouse gas emissions in California.

Core Molding Technologies 10:05 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:00 xEV Expansion by World Region

Menahem AndermanMenahem Anderman, Ph.D., President, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

In this presentation, electrified-vehicle market expansion and battery technology and market development from micro-hybrids to full EVs will be discussed. Battery performance enhancement, cost reduction, and key producers will be examined vis-à-vis battery durability, reliability, and safety. Market trends in Europe, the U.S., China, and Japan will be reviewed with the pace of market growth depending predominantly on governmental regulations and incentives, and battery pricing.

11:20 The Continuously Evolving Status of the Chinese xEV Market, and a Strategic Analysis of the Top Battery Companies

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

Chinese xEV sales continue to grow rapidly. This growth in demand has constituted an equivalent growth in the demand for batteries, which has attracted overseas battery manufacturers. Therefore, this presentation will cover both updated market information and battery product comparisons. The market information part will focus on the effect of policies on demand within the Chinese xEV market; the battery product comparison part will look at present battery technical levels and differences in strategy among top battery manufacturers.

11:40 Present Status and Future Trend of LiB Cell and Material Market – How Manufacturers in Each Country/Region Should Do Business

Sachiya InagakiSachiya Inagaki, General Manager, Industrial Technology Unit, Yano Research Institute, Ltd.

Thanks to the expanding market of xEV, LiB cell and materials markets are also booming. Then, many manufacturers try to expand their production capacity in order to meet the demand from their customers. But do we really need that much? I will analyze and report how we should go through such a tough market situation based on our market research data and result.

12:00 pm Q&A


12:20 Networking Lunch

Ford1:05 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing



2:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Pablo Valencia, Senior Manager, Global Battery Engineering, General Motors

2:05 Battery Development for Prius Prime

Akira Kiyama, Assistant Manager, Battery Evaluation & Analysis Department, Battery Material Engineering & Research Division, Toyota Motor Corporation

The new Prius Prime, released in 2016, incorporates more lithium ion cells each with higher capacity than those used in the 1st generation Prius Plug-in. The result is a vehicle with longer EV mode range at a higher top speed. This presentation will discuss the development of the battery for the Prius Prime, including results from the safety and reliability evaluations.

2:25 Technology Roadmap of BJEV’s Battery System and Ecosystem for Battery Remanufacturing/Recycling

Chengyin Yuan, Ph.D., Vice President, Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd.

This talk will present the battery system technology roadmap of Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. and introduce the ecosystem for Li-ion battery remanufacturing and recycling.

JohnsonMattheyBatterySystems_new2:45 High Performance xEV ESS Technology Development by Johnson Matthey Battery Systems

Allan Paterson, Ph.D., Chief Electrochemist, Engineering, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems.

Johnson Matthey Battery Systems designs, develops and supplies battery systems for demanding eMobility and Automotive applications, such as performance hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and full battery electric vehicles. This talk presents several case studies for high performance battery development from materials and cell selection, optimisation and engineering through to full battery integration. These case studies highlighting JM’s technical and electrochemistry capabilities to support customers through to volume manufacture in the above light and heavy duty automotive xEV markets.

 Aerovironment3:05 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

4:00 48V Battery Requirements

Jeff Kessen, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, A123 Systems

While 48V automotive batteries have only recently entered series production, a second generation is already being actively planned. In most initial applications, 48V systems focused on vehicle efficiency improvements necessary to meet regulatory requirements. Looking forward, additional vehicle features are expected to drive considerable increases in required battery capacity and power. This presentation will discuss the evolving vehicle level drivers for 48V systems and the implications for future battery design.

4:20 SK's Battery Life Prediction for EV

Jangweon Rhee, Ph.D., Head of Battery and IE Materials R&D Center, Vice President, SK Innovation

SK Innovation has been accumulating battery technologies over 20 years, and expanding xEV market share using its own technology. The xEV market requires over 10 years of field life, and battery suppliers should guarantee this requirement from short lab tests. Thus, it is very important to project battery life accurately. SK demonstrated the reliability of battery life prediction by matching estimated data with actual field data. For accurate life prediction, specific user scenarios should be established.

4:40 Leading Edge Vehicle Electrification

Andrew Oury, New Products Battery Strategy Manager, General Motors

General Motors is building the electric, connected, autonomous and shared transportation solutions of the future. Building off successful launches of a range of electrified vehicles – from the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid to the Chevrolet Bolt EV – GM is shifting into high gear, as it were, to develop the next generation of XEVs. Mr. Oury will highlight the broad range of customer needs in the future, how those needs impact Lithium-Ion battery pack design and the criticality of meeting aggressive performance and cost targets.

5:00 Q&A

5:20 Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:30 End of Day

Thursday, June 22

8:30 am Registration Open

9:00 Interactive Breakfast Breakout Discussion Groups

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 and discuss ideas with peers. Please click here for full details.

TABLE 1: Hydrogen vs Electric Infrastructure

Moderator: Robert Bienenfeld, AVP, Environment & Energy Strategy, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

TABLE 2: 12V electrical architectures with advanced energy storage

Moderator: Jeff Kessen, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, A123 Systems

TABLE 3: BMS Technology and Cost

Moderator: Uwe Wiedemann, Managing Director, Sales & Business Development, Munich Electrification GmbH

TABLE 4: Chinese Material Suppliers, Cost, and Quality Status (Including Japan and Korea)  

Moderator: Sachiya Inagaki, Seoul Branch Office General Manager, Yano Research Institute, Ltd.

TABLE 5: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety: Prediction, Prevention & Management

Moderator: Brian Barnett, Vice President, TIAX LLC

TABLE 6: Cell Manufacturing

Moderator: Raf Goossens, Ph.D., CEO, Global Corporate Management, PEC

TABLE 7: Silicon Anodes and Cells

Moderator: Benjamin Park, Ph.D., Founder & CTO, Enevate

TABLE 8: Lessons Learned from Recent Battery Safety Events

Moderator: Shmuel De-Leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy, Ltd.

TABLE 9: Conductive Additives for High Rate LIB Performance

Moderator: Rob Privette, Vice President, Energy Markets, XG Sciences

TABLE 10: Recent Advancements in Automotive Lead Batteries and the Commercial Outlook

Moderators: Boris Monahov, Ph.D., Program Manager, Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) – a program of the International Lead Association (ILA)

Alistair Davidson, Ph.D., Director-Products and Sustainability, International Lead Association

TABLE 11: Battery Costing and Cost Reduction

Moderators: Wenzel Prochazka, Ph.D., AVL List GmbH

Shriram Santhanagopalan, Ph.D., Engineer, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

TABLE 12: Advances in Battery Modeling

Moderator: Bob Spotnitz, Ph.D., Battery Design LLC

10:00 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


11:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Michael Lord, Executive Engineer, Product Regulatory Affairs/Environmental Regulation, Toyota Motor North America

11:05 The Full Cycle: EV Battery Production Costs and Forecasts, from Raw Materials to End-of-Life

Logan Goldie-Scot, Manager of the Energy Storage Insight Team, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

There are currently 38 GWh of EV batteries on the road. By 2030, we forecast yearly battery demand to be 713 GWh. At this scale, the entire value chain, from raw materials to recycling and second life providers will see the effects of electrification. BNEF writes extensively on battery markets and technology and can offer a unifying view across both EV and energy storage applications. Through our research, we provide in-depth analysis, drawing on our proprietary datasets and industrial contacts. We have compiled extensive data on both EVs and batteries, and can illustrate the links between these markets and broader clean energy trends globally.

11:25 Dynamic Charging System for EV

Takamitsu Tajima, Chief Engineer, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D Center

Major issues facing EV include range, charging, and vehicle weight. This study developed a high-power dynamic charging system that uses high power to charge a traveling EV, with the goal of realizing an unlimited vehicle range. This enables complete energy charging of a traveling EV in a short time and allows drivers to freely drive over the intended route after charging. This report describes a system, presents the results of running tests, and discusses future prospects.

11:45 xEV Industry Trends of Charging & Battery Systems

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.

12:05 pm Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: The Other ZEV Option

Bill Elrick, Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership

Multiple fuel cell electric vehicles are now commercially available in California, with more models readying in the wings. The initial refueling network has begun to appear with dozens of retail fast-fill hydrogen stations in major metropolitan regions as well as various connector and destination stations across the state. Learn what makes this zero emission vehicle technology a valuable addition to the market, and what lies ahead for California, the US, and globally.

12:25 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch

1:30 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


2:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

Bob Taenaka, Technical Leader Advanced Battery Systems, Ford Motor Company

2:20 Ford Battery Life & Reliability

Bob Taenaka, Technical Leader Advanced Battery Systems, Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company has launched three generations of production electrified vehicles, starting with the Escape Hybrid in 2004. Traction battery life was the #1 concern by potential xEV customers in 2004, but with lab and field data for its nickel-metal hydride batteries (model years 2004 through 2012) and lithium-ion batteries (model years 2013 to present), Ford has demonstrated a good track record for traction battery service life and reliability.

2:40 Customers’ Usage and Durability of Li-Ion Batteries for Honda’s Electrically-Propelled Vehicles

Takuya Miyashita, Assistant Chief Engineer, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D Center

Honda collects, by the means of diagnostic device or telematics system, the usage and status data of the Li-ion batteries of users’ electrically propelled vehicles (e.g. EV). The data reveal how the batteries are used by users and degrade in actual use, in comparison to engineers’ design assumption. The paper also briefly introduces a few cases, in which the data are analyzed and utilized for better quality control or improvement in designing the next-generation battery.

3:00 Advances in Battery Life Simulation

Gi Heon Kim, Ph.D., Vice President, Samsung SDI

Fully enjoying battery performance for elongated service life is the value EV industry trying hard to deliver their customers. This requires enhancing the awareness of battery evolution along its lifetime. Desires for accurately predicting the changes in battery internal states have promoted development of a fully-adaptive fast-running high-fidelity computational model. This talk will introduce recent advances in battery life modeling at Samsung SDI.  

3:20 Refreshment Break

3:40 Modeling of Key Parameters for Cell Life

Yimin Wei, Ph.D., Research Director, Material Analysis Center, Research Institute, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL)

In this presentation, I will try to give a whole picture of the general life fading mechanisms for commercial xEV LIBs. The critical fading parameters, main challenges and strategies for cell life modeling will then be discussed, including the swelling, gassing, calendar life & cycle life issues.

4:00 Routes to Understand the Impact of Aggressive Use Conditions on Battery Durability and Reliability

Eric Dufek, Energy Storage Group Lead, Energy Storage & Advanced Vehicles Department, Idaho National Laboratory

Durable and reliable batteries are of the utmost importance for advanced adoption of electric vehicles. As the interest in faster charging increases and as technological advancements are made to improve the energy density of batteries, the need to quantifiably understand how durability and reliability are impacted becomes more important. Routes to monitor impacts of fast charging, vibration and the degradation of advanced materials and electrode designs are currently being developed and implemented at Idaho National Laboratory.

4:20 Q&A

4:40 Closing Remarks

4:50 End of Conference