Meet Decision Makers From

  • Automotive OEMs - Electric, Autonomous and Hybrid Vehicles
  • Engineering Consultancies
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 Suppliers in EV
  • Electrified Powertrain Systems and Component Suppliers
  • Thermal Systems and Related Component Manufacturers
  • High Voltage Systems and Power Semiconductor Suppliers
  • Testing and Crash Safety Engineering Services
 Lightweight Material Suppliers
  • EV CAE Software and Modeling Suppliers
  • Battery and Fuel Cell Manufacturers
  • Battery Management Systems Suppliers
  Components, Switchers, Controllers and Inverter Suppliers
  • Charging Infrastructure
  • Benchmarking Engineering Services Providers
  • National Laboratories and Government Technology Offices
With Following Job Titles:
  • CEO / Vice President / General Manager from EV OEMs

  • Chief Engineer - Battery Electric & Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
  • Chief Engineer, Electrified Propulsion Systems

  • Chief Engineer, Electrical Systems

  • Head, EV Engineering Systems
  • Head of Vehicle Electrification Technology
  • Head of Hybrid and EV Battery Systems

  • Chief Scientist, Energy and Systems
Head of Vehicle Architecture
  • Head of Systems and Control Engineering
  • Electrification Project Engineer
  • Head of Research, Materials and Manufacturing
  •  Group Product Director Hybrid and Electric Systems
  • Lead Engineer, Electrical Systems Engineering

  • Lead Engineer, Electrified Powertrains

  • Head of Body Structures / Body in White
  • Battery Electric Vehicle Global Lead Engineer
  • Global Battery Systems Engineering
  • Battery Research Engineer
    Technical Manager - Innovation Management
  • Innovation & Technology Development Manager
  • Chief Engineer & Technical Leader - Energy Storage & Systems

Congress Day One: Wednesday 5 December 2018

07:45    Registration And Coffee

09:00    Chair's Welcome And Introduction

Dr. Tilo Schweers, Executive Director, Head of Passenger Car Engineering, EV and HEV Chief Engineer, Borgward Group, Germany

How To Produce EVs Efficiently At Acceptable Cost For The Mass Market

09:10    360 Degree Ecosystem Evaluation Of The EV Market And Convergence With Autonomous And Connected Solutions

Kevin Kelly, Senior Consultant, Mobility,Frost & Sullivan

09:40    Questions and Discussion 

09:50    Navigating EV Challenges In Moving To The Mass Market

Leading EV manufacturers will provide their insights and perspectives on the macro strategic, technical and commercial challenges they are facing in respect of taking products from prototype to the mass market, including scalability, supply chain issues, choice of materials, challenges in the manufacturing process for EV's in plants worldwide, and how they can factor manufacturing issues in to the design phase.

  • Electric vehicle design and integration for ease of assembly and reduce  complexity and costs
  • Integrated assembly methods for lowest cost
  • Integrating the level of integration - developing systems rather than individual sub-systems
  • Designing the battery and battery pack to carry as much energy as possible
  • Developing and securing the supply chain for EV components at scale - implications for increased integration between OEMs and suppliers

Ann Van Damme, Technical Expert, Electrification Within Manufacturing Engineering, Volvo Cars, Belgium - Sweden

10:20    Questions and Discussion 

10:30    Rethinking Electric Vehicle Architectures, Body Structures And Battery Integration

  • Adopting customer and regulatory requirements
  • Reducing overall mass of the vehicle
  • Battery sizing - how much is big enough?
  • Taking a whole vehicle approach to structures, battery packaging, thermal management, electrical systems and powertrain 
  • Optimising trade-offs and cutting costs

Oliver Kuttner, Founder and CEO, Edison2, USA

11:00    Questions and Discussion 

11:10    Networking Coffee Break in Exhibition Area 


11:40    How Can OEMs Produce Electric Vehicles At An Acceptable Cost Level?

Technological developments will eventually enable the production of smaller, lighter, cheaper, more efficient and reliable electric vehicles, but at the moment many OEMs are still working with standard suppliers.  Overall efficiency is the name of the game and it also allows an OEM to downsize batteries if they can reduce weight.

  • What are the latest developments in the area of efficiency and to what extent are these being applied by different OEMs, and with what success?
  • Adopting innovations In lightweighting to maximise energy efficiency
  • Achieving efficiency through downsizing electric motors including innovations towards simpler gearboxes
  • Adopting more efficient components for electrification and powertrain  
  • Increasing the thermal management efficiency including heat pumps, heating and cooling systems
  • Practical applications of efficiency strategies from leading OEMs


Kevin Kelly, Senior Consultant, Mobility, Frost & Sullivan


Dr. Tilo Schweers, Executive Director, Head of Passenger Car Engineering, EV and HEV Chief Engineer, Borgward Group, Germany

Dr. Fei Xiong, Vice President, Product Engineering, Qiantu Motor, China

Ann Van Damme, Technical Expert, Electrification Within Manufacturing Engineering, Volvo Cars, Belgium - Sweden

Oliver Kuttner, Founder and CEO, Edison2, USA

Ensuring Synergy Between EV Design And Cost-Effective Assembly And Manufacturing Processes


12:20    Lightweight Architecture Concepts For Battery Protection

  • Utilising materials science and engineering expertise to drive competitive advantage for design of lightweight structures and cutting-edge mobility concepts
  • Incorporating structural inserts and adhesives to achieve significant weight reduction by substrate change to light metals, material downgauging and topology optimisation

David Caro, Head of Global Automotive Engineering, Henkel, Germany

David Irving, Head of Engineering, RLE International

12:50    Questions and Discussion

13:00    Networking Lunch In Exhibition Area

14:00    Understanding The Manufacturing Implications Of Next Generation Electric Vehicles

During the EV development phase, the assembly method for lowest cost needs to be integrated to avoid complex, expensive assembly processes, whilst taking into account safety concerns and considerations.

  • How do OEMs transform design into cost-effective manufacturing and what are the challenges associated with this?
  • What solutions are required to ensure really creative design is employed in order to realise the full potential of EVs?  
  • How far will the new generation in the industry be able to push the boundaries of EV design?

Dr. Fei Xiong, Vice President, Product Engineering, Qiantu Motor, China

14:30    Update On Lightweighting Innovations And Advanced Material Applications For Electric And Autonomous Vehicle Structures

The next generation of body in white will be significantly different from now because today battery trays and the engines are not integrated, but instead bolted to the body in white. But the next generation will be fully integrated.

  • Next generation of body in white for electric and autonomous vehicles
  •  What are the challenges and opportunities of achieving integration of the battery with the body structure?

Dr. Nan Li, Assistant Professor, Breakthrough Technologies for Lightweight Vehicle Design and Manufacturing, Dyson School of Design Engineering


15:05    Carbon Fibre And Composite Lightweighting For Integrated Structures And Battery Integration

  • Composite structures for the overall vehicle
  • Insights into requirements for body structure from the OEM side
  • Body structures like floor or pillar to replace steel
  • Having the right mix of high performance composite that is also lightweight

Lewis Butler, Technical Director, Mahindra Formula E, UK

15:30    Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area  

16:00    Innovations In EV Structures And Battery Integration  


Oliver Kuttner, Founder and CEO, Edison2, USA


Dr. Fei Xiong, Vice President, Product Engineering, Qiantu Motor, China

Dr. Nan Li, Assistant Professor, Breakthrough Technologies for Lightweight Vehicle Design and Manufacturing, Dyson School of Design Engineering

Lewis Butler, Technical Director, Mahindra Formula E, UK

Francis Arthur, Research and Development Manager, TRB Lightweight Structures

Comparing Approaches And Solutions To Optimising Cooling And Thermal Management

16:40    Overcoming The Challenges In Optimising And Integrating The Thermal Management In EV's

Optimising thermal energy management is key to avoid wasting thermal
energy in electric vehicles.  Currently there are too many options and adopting greater commonality would help reduce costs.

  • How do you manage the heat that is generated?
  • What sort of heat exchanger design should be used?
  • Creative solutions for thermal management, what are the available technologies
  • Reducing the number of cooling circuits for battery, motor and mechatronics
  • Incorporating PCMs, (phase change materials) in a thermal management situation
  • Moving to a single fluid that is capable of lubricating and cooling at the same time
  • Adoption of more effective refrigerant based cooling systems
  • Options for lightweight materials and technologies for the increasing number of fluid connections
  • Compatibility of polymeric materials with fluids

Toby Schulz, Co-Founder and CTO, Vantage Power, UK


17:10    How Effective Battery Control Can Overcome Deficiencies Of New Chemistries In Batteries

  • Monitoring and controlling all cells according to their state of health and aging parameters
  • What can be achieved in terms of maximum lifetime, performance and highest safety of the battery pack?
  • Benefits of the disruptive HW-architecture
  • Potential for second life application

Hans Harjung, CEO and Founder, E-Moove, Austria

17:35    Questions And Discussion

17:50    Chair's Closing Remarks - Day 1

18:00-19:00  Networking Drinks Reception For All Attendees


See OEM Case Studies And Technical Presentations On:

Build EV Supply Chain & Improve EV Competitiveness: Understand Challenges OEMs Are Facing When Developing The Next Generation Of EVs And Investigate Opportunities With Providing Targeted Solutions

Safety Regulations & Crashworthiness For EVs: Understand Safety Regulations Specific To EVs And Explore The Best Practices And Solutions To Help Meet Safety & Crashworthiness Requirements

Whole Vehicle Design Concepts And Technical Breakthroughs: Hear About The Latest Ideas And Techniques For Protecting The Battery And Delivering Safety At Higher Standards

Optimal Architecture & Battery Placement For EVs:

  • Compare The Pros And Cons Of Different Battery Integration Solutions Including:
  • Inside The Battery Pack, Cells & Modules
  • Outside The Battery Case Including Power Electronics Components
  • High Voltage Electric Systems
  • Low Voltage Electronics Systems
  • Drivetrain Including Motor And Transmission

Balancing Trade-Offs In EV Systems: Hear How To Balance The Trade-offs Between Range, Cost, Weight And Customer Needs

Strategies For Battery System Integration Into Body In White: Hear About Integration Strategies For Both New Build And Adapting Conventional Vehicle Platforms 

Thermal Performance Optimisation And System Integration: Explore Advanced Solutions To Optimise Thermal Performance Of EV Systems


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