Session 1: Market Development of HEVs, EVs, and their Batteries
Chairman: Dr. 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 and moderate hybrid markets expand, automakers are accelerating the development of costly electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles—with uncertain market prospects. In this session, we will sift through the proposed advanced vehicles to discuss the likely direction of the market and how it will affect the advanced automotive battery industry.
Session 2: Energy-Storage Solutions for Micro-Hybrids
Chairman: Eckhard Karden, Technical Expert, Ford Research Aachen
With the recent introduction of micro-hybrids as a standard design in several European models, the momentum to expand commercialization of these vehicles in Europe is intensifying. Micro-hybrids are intended to provide the same benefits (or almost the same) that the developers of the 42V vehicles of the late 1990s intended to offer, but at a lower cost. In this session, automakers will present vehicle development and energy-storage requirements for micro-hybrids, and energy-storage developers will present the latest achievements in meeting the requirements of micro-hybrid architectures.
Session 3: Energy-Storage Solutions for HEVs
Chairman: Heinz-Willi Vassen, Manager Energy and Storage Systems, Audi AG
From 42V to 360V, automakers are working on various mild, moderate, and strong hybrid architectures, with the aim to provide the greatest benefit at the lowest possible cost. While Li-Ion batteries are gaining market share over NiMH at the high end of the spectrum, energy-storage solutions for systems with lower voltage (42 to 140V) are in flux, with advanced lead acid, lead acid/EC capacitor combinations, and Lithium Ion competing to expand. A great deal of development is expected in the coming years; automakers, system integrators, and hybrid battery developers will give us a taste of what is to come.
Session 4: Battery Technology for EVs and PHEVs
Chairman: Peter Lamp, Manager Cell Technology Electrical Storage Systems, BMW AG
Lithium Ion is the predominant battery technology to power the emerging plug-in hybrids and all electric vehicles. However, cell chemistry, cell design, and pack design vary significantly from one developer to another. In this session, battery developers will present design and performance data from their EV and PHEV offerings and discuss the chosen designs.
Session 5: Electric-Vehicle Technology and Infrastructure: Progress and Challenges
Chairman: Christian Mohrdieck, Director Fuel Cell & Battery Drive Development, Daimler AG
While the largest obstacle to the expansion of vehicle electrification clearly relates to the difficulty for battery technology to compete with the simple device it means to replace--the gasoline tank--there are other notable technological, commercial, and logistic issues. In this session, EV developers and related stakeholders will discuss plans to meet technological and commercial challenges for vehicle electrification, including cost, charging rate, and grid integration, as well as infrastructure, logistics, and the impact on the environment.