November 18-20, 2020 | Virtual Event

Wards Intelligence FOCUS: Electrification 2020

Day 1: November 18th 2020

Industry Keynotes – FOCUS: Future of Electrification 

10:00am – 11:00am EST 

Conference Registration, Platform & Exhibition Opens 

Chairperson: Erin Sunde, Industry Analyst, Wards Intelligence

11:00am – 11:20am EST 

Keynote Presentation: Where Are We Now? 

A Wards Intelligence review of the year for electrification. 

Speaker: Christie Schweinsberg, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence 

11:20am – 11:30am EST 

Break

11:30a– 12:00pm EST 

Keynote Panel: Overcoming the COVID-19 Setbacks 

Following the coronavirus pandemic, the automotive industry faces two options; firstly, do they prioritize cheaper ICE vehicles in an attempt to recoup lost income from the widespread manufacturing plant shutdowns? Secondly, do they prioritize electric vehicles for the growing ethically conscious consumer group following the noticeable reduction in pollution as less vehicles were on the road during national shelter-in-place orders?   

Moderator: Erin Sunde, Industry Analyst, Wards Intelligence

Panellists: Kevin Riddell, Senior Manager, LMC Automotive 

Ben Burns, Director of Transportation ElectrificationDTE Energy 

12:00pm 1:00pm EST 

Lunch Break

1:00pm – 1:20pm EST 

Keynote Presentation: New Brands for New Products – How OEM’s are Branching into Electrification 

NIO isn’t just an automaker; it provides a complete lifestyle to its customers. Hear from NIO’s Managing Director & CIO, Ganesh Iyer, discuss the role of a modern OEM in providing products their customers didn’t know they needed. How have NIO solved the charge time dilemma with their power swap stations? Are lifestyle elements such as NIO houses key to attracting and retaining a new generation of car buyers? Will we see autonomy and electrification advance side by side?  

Speaker: Ganesh Iyer, Managing Director & CIO, NIO

1:20pm – 1:30pm EST 

Break

1:30pm – 2:00pm EST 

Keynote Panel: What’s Next for Electrification? 

2020 has been a turbulent year. From the elections to COVID-19 the industry has faced a variety of unforeseen hurdles. What does this mean for EVs? How might their trajectory change? Will we see a push for further electrification developments, or will EVs be side-lined in favour of ICE vehicles? How do the short-term and long-term outlooks differ? 

Moderator: Erin Sunde, Industry Analyst, Wards Intelligence

Panellists: Avinash Rugoobur, President & Chief Strategy OfficerARRIVAL 

Dane Davis, CTO, Nikola Motor Company 

Stefan Gudmundsson, Chief Innovation Officer, Karma Automotive  

2:00pm – 2:10pm EST 

Break

2:10pm – 2:35pm EST 

Breakout: Meet the Analyst 

This is your chance to meet the analyst! Ask your burning questions, discuss their recent work and grow your network. 

Erin Sunde, Industry Analyst, Wards Intelligence

Breakout: Meet the Keynote Speakers 

This is your chance to meet the keynote speakers! Ask your burning questions, discuss their sessions and grow your network. 

Speed Networking 

Our virtual speed networking experience is like you would expect at any in-person event. Short 2-minute conversations allow you to instantly grow your network and collaborate with peers. Who will you meet? 

Virtual Event Highlights 

Take a guided tour of our virtual event – Experience all the technology on offer and discover our standout content sessions. 

Solution Room 

If you have a question, then post it in our solution room. Any attendees can ask questions and any attendees can answer them. A great way to grow your network and collaborate with peers! 

2:35pm – 3:00pm EST 

Breakout: Meet the Analyst 

This is your chance to meet the analyst! Ask your burning questions, discuss their recent work and grow your network. 

Christie Schweinsberg, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence 

Breakout: Meet the Keynote Speakers 

This is your chance to meet the keynote speakers! Ask your burning questions, discuss their sessions and grow your network. 

Speed Networking 

Our virtual speed networking experience is like you would expect at any in-person event. Short 2-minute conversations allow you to instantly grow your network and collaborate with peers. Who will you meet? 

Virtual Event Highlights 

Take a guided tour of our virtual event – Experience all the technology on offer and discover our standout content sessions. 

Solution Room 

If you have a question, then post it in our solution room. Any attendees can ask questions and any attendees can answer them. A great way to grow your network and collaborate with peers! 

3:00pm – 4:00pm EST 

Virtual Happy Hour ft. Wards Intelligence Electrification Quiz 

The Wards Intelligence Electrification Quiz features questions ranging from general knowledge to electrification. Some answers are hidden within the event. Register today for your chance to win the prize! 

4:00pm EST

Close of Day 1 

Day 2: November 19th 2020

FOCUS: Technology 

10:00am – 11:00am EST 

Platform & Exhibition Opens 

Chairperson: Bob Gritzinger, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence

11:00am – 11:20am EST 

Presentation: Battery Safety vs Battery Range 

Continuous R&D into Li-ion is heightening the energy density of the battery, thus risking its efficiency and safety. What more can be done to ensure the accuracy of BMSs in determining SoC and SoH? Could the introduction of a graphene electrode increase both capacity and safety? 

11:20am – 11:30am EST 

Break

11:30a– 12:00pm EST 

Panel: Battery Recycling 

In pursuit of reduced cost and greater material reclamation, battery recycling technologies are seeing rapid progression. What are the main advantages and disadvantages to pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes? How will advancements in useable capacity affect the role of second life automotive cells? A discussion of the challenges to transportation and storage of end-of-life lithium-ion battery packs and modules. 

Moderator: Christie Schweinsberg, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence 

Panellists: Linda Gaines, Transportation Systems Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory

Christopher Michelbacher, EV Charging & Infrastructure Manager, Audi of America

12:00pm – 1:00pm EST 

Lunch Break

1:00pm – 1:20pm EST 

Presentation: Developing Advanced Battery Prediction Techniques with Machine Learning 

This presentation will describe advances in machine learning-based techniques for addressing systems problems that arise for lithium-ion batteries. The specific systems problems include the prediction and classification of battery cycle lifetime (aka remaining useful life), the determination of optimal fast-charging protocols, and the identification of fundamental physicochemical expressions for electrochemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and mass transfer from real-time video imaging. This research is in collaboration with researchers at MIT, Stanford, and the Toyota Research Institute. 

Richard D. Braatz, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1:20pm – 1:30pm EST 

Break

1:30pm – 2:00pm EST 

Panel: Analysing Power Electronic Developments 

Utilizing wide bandgap semiconductors in power electronic components can greatly increase circuit efficiency by creating higher switching frequencies and temperatures. What obstacles must be overcome in order to see GaN & SiC based components take prevalence over traditional silicon? 

Moderator: Bob Gritzinger, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence

Panellists: Steven Boyd, Program Manager – Batteries & Electrification, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Stefan Hain, Head of Advanced Engineering SemiconductorsZF Friedrichshafen AG 

2:00pm – 2:10pm EST 

Break

2:10pm – 2:35pm EST 

Breakout: Technological Developments Through Next Generation Power Electronics 

Are AIGaN buffer layers the key to increasing GaN reliability while reducing stresses caused by lattice spacing mismatch, or could poly-AIN epitaxy allow for an increased breakdown voltage and lower production cost? Will we see a move to the use of larger substrates in the near future? 

Breakout: Ubimobility Technology Showcase 

Discover the latest technologies advancing electrification with the Ubimobility Technology Showcase, featuring quickfire presentations from EpicnpociXblue, IRider, Kipsum, Heex Technologies, Lextan and Stampyt.  

Take advantage of the Ubimobility Meet the Speaker room and ask your burning questions to the speakers.  

Meet the Speakers 

This is your chance to meet the speakers! Ask your burning questions, discuss their sessions and grow your network. 

Virtual Event Highlights 

Take a guided tour of our virtual event – Experience all the technology on offer and discover our standout content sessions. 

Solution Room 

If you have a question, then post it in our solution room. Any attendees can ask questions and any attendees can answer them. A great way to grow your network and collaborate with peers! 

2:35pm – 3:00pm EST 

Breakout: Ensuring the Safety of Lithium-Ion 

How can thermodynamic battery cells and lubricant cooling methods halt the spread of thermal runaway?  

How can the inclusion of ultracapacitors relive burst power functions and what effect can this play on specific energy efficiency? 

Breakout: Moving Forward with Battery Advancements 

As consumers move away from sedans towards CUVs and SUVs, how can OEMs differentiate powertrain architectures in order to deliver new hybrid and BEV opportunities? Hear from Daniel Kok, xEV Architect at Ford, discussing their 4th generation of Li-Ion battery-based powertrain systems. How has the pack developed over time, and what expansions has this enabled?    

Daniel Kok, Global xEV Architect, Ford Motor Company 

Meet the Speakers 

This is your chance to meet the speakers! Ask your burning questions, discuss their sessions and grow your network. 

Virtual Event Highlights 

Take a guided tour of our virtual event – Experience all the technology on offer and discover our standout content sessions. 

Solution Room 

If you have a question, then post it in our solution room. Any attendees can ask questions and any attendees can answer them. A great way to grow your network and collaborate with peers! 

3:00pm EST 

Close of Day 2 

Day 3: November 20th 2020

FOCUS: Strategy

FOCUS: Strategy USA 

FOCUS: Strategy Europe

FOCUS: Strategy Asia 

10:00am – 11:00am EST 

Platform & Exhibition Opens 

Chairperson: Christie Schweinsberg, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence

11:00am – 11:20am EST 

Presentation: Will Regulation Be a Help or Hinderance to EV Adoption? 

Following the November elections, how should the electric vehicle ecosystem best react to potential regulation changes? What can we do to avoid the fallout from turbulent external environments in the future? 

Erin Sunde, Industry Analyst, Wards Intelligence 

Presentation: Learning from the Norwegians – Electrification Implementation 

From Government incentivization as early as the 90’s to hydropower prevalence, Norway has gained a reputation for being an EV leader. Today electric vehicles are the norm, accounting for 60% of new vehicles. How did Norway gain the top spot for EV usage and what can international OEMs learn from their strategies? 

Al Bedwell, Director of Global Powertrain, LMC Automotive 

Presentation: Electrification Innovation – Following the Money 

The energy and environment sectors continue to facilitate electric vehicle prevalence, and start-ups are the key to innovation. Where are the investments going in this area? Are EVs the only element of electrified mobility to look out for, or are new robot and drone industries emerging? How can charging infrastructure become part of a holistic road and parking system? 

Ryusuke Hayashi, Head of Mobility Business Innovation, Energy & Environment Investment 

11:20am – 11:30am EST 

Break

11:30a– 12:00pm EST 

Panel: The Global Roadmap to Electrification 

COVID-19, government incentives, charging infrastructure, energy sources, mining & manufacturing, import vs export; How are countries around the globe facilitating EV developments? What can we learn from early adopter’s trial and error? Where is the industry predicted to inflate, and where is it expected to stagnate?  

Moderator: Christie Schweinsberg, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence

Panellists: Gil Castillo, Senior Group Manager – Advanced Vehicle Strategy, Hyundai Motor Company

Ryan Harty, Head of Connected & Energy BusinessAmerican Honda Motor Company 

12:00pm – 1:00pm EST 

Lunch Break

1:00pm – 1:20pm EST 

Presentation: Overcoming Range Anxiety to Drive EV’s Mainstream 

Findings from an Informa Tech Automotive Group study show range anxiety to be a significant contributing factor in consumers purchasing ICE vehicles rather than EVs, but opinions on vehicle range can be considerably outdated. Should OEMs prioritize hybrid vehicles as the solution to overcoming range anxiety? How can utilities aid automakers in furthering the marketing message on vehicle range?  

Robert Kruse, Senior Vice President of Product Execution, Faraday Future 

Presentation: LEVs Driving the Future City 

Cities and roads were not built for the vehicles of the 21st century. LEVs are being implemented as a solution to city congestion. What more needs to be done to ensure the seamless integration of LEVs into city infrastructure, and how can public-private partnerships help? 

Mark Frohnmayer, President & Founder, Arcimoto

1:20pm – 1:30pm EST 

Break

1:30pm – 2:00pm EST 

Panel: Building out Charging Infrastructure for the Electric Vehicle 

Could the implementation of network organized subscription services prevent the ‘claiming’ of charge points and increase the accessibility of charging solutions? How could developmental technologies be used to prevent the underutilization of capital intensive DCFCs? Could these be the answer to expanding fleet charging infrastructure? 

Moderator: Christie Schweinsberg, Senior Analyst, Wards Intelligence

Panellists: Marcy Rood, Clean Cities Team Lead – Energy Systems, Argonne National Laboratory

Ganesh Iyer, Managing Director & CIO, NIO

Chris Moyer, VP & CTO, Exelon 

2:00pm – 2:10pm EST 

Break

2:10pm – 2:35pm EST 

Breakout: Creating a Sustainable Electric Vehicle Supply Chain 

As a direct result of significantly fewer necessary moving parts, BEVs are far simpler to build than ICE vehicles. What impact will this have on the supply chain? How can both small and large industry players adopt different capabilities in order to maintain their position within the chain? 

Beyza Sarioglu, Vice President, Vitesco Technologies 

Breakout: The End of Chinese Government Incentivization – What’s Next? 

5 years ago, the Chinese Government announced their plans to terminate electric vehicle subsidies in 2020, before extending the time limit to 2022. Is this reluctancy to completely eliminate tax breaks a sign of their effectiveness? Is the subsidy deadline likely to be reextended further? What does this mean for the future internal EV market in China? 

Meet the Speakers 

This is your chance to meet the speakers! Ask your burning questions, discuss their sessions and grow your network. 

Virtual Event Highlights 

Take a guided tour of our virtual event – Experience all the technology on offer and discover our standout content sessions. 

Solution Room 

If you have a question, then post it in our solution room. Any attendees can ask questions and any attendees can answer them. A great way to grow your network and collaborate with peers! 

2:35pm – 3:00pm EST 

Breakout: Ethical Manufacturing & Mining 

Many consumers opt for electric over internal combustion vehicles on ethical grounds. However, the cobalt for lithium-ion batteries is often unethically sourced through child labour in the dangerous mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. What can OEMS and battery makers do to ensure the reputability of their supply chains? 

Breakout: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Charging Infrastructure 

Hear from Brian Kelley, Chief Technology Officer at the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, discussing their recent implementation of in-road charging. How have their cooled-cable systems relieved range anxiety? To what extent will be see the role of public-private partnerships develop in building out amalgamated charging infrastructure?  

Brian Kelley, Chief Technology Officer, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission 

Meet the Speakers 

This is your chance to meet the speakers! Ask your burning questions, discuss their sessions and grow your network. 

Virtual Event Highlights 

Take a guided tour of our virtual event – Experience all the technology on offer and discover our standout content sessions. 

Solution Room 

If you have a question, then post it in our solution room. Any attendees can ask questions and any attendees can answer them. A great way to grow your network and collaborate with peers! 

3:00pm EST 

Close of Wards Intelligence FOCUS: Electrification 2020