Business & Technology Insight Forums
On Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage
10 - 12 June 2019 | Novi, Michigan, USA

Smart Bodywork Roadmap - Massless Energy & Smart Glass


10 June / Afternoon

Smart bodywork roadmap including "Massless Energy" and smart glass: More space,lightness, range, functionality from solar, supercapacitor and battery bodywork and achieving the impossible.

This forum is intended for those who already understand the basics of EV powertrains: 48V mild hybrid, parallel and series full hybrid, including fuel cell hybrid and pure electric. The forum goes deeper into the markets but particularly the technology. It helps you to understand how EV technology will reflect changing choices of vehicle. For example, the move to cities and internet shopping will reduce car demand and increase demand for pure electric delivery trucks. Pollution means even the largest delivery trucks are electrifying and fuel cell versions are currently winning here. There are ten times as many trucks as buses in the world so trucks will, at last, come center stage in EV technology applications. Aircraft and the construction/agriculture/mining sector will become large, exceptionally profitable EV markets with special technological requirements. There will be three times as many solar robot weeders as e-bikes in the world and the largest, most expensive EV powertrains on land will be in mining. Overlaid on all this is the evolution that applies to all of them such as proliferation of self-powered sensors, batteries becoming less of the cost and new types of proliferating motor-generators and power electronics becoming much more of the cost. The transition from components-in-a-box to structural electronics, electrics, magnetics and optics also applies to everything. Learn who, where, why, when and how, including the vital position of China in all this.

For those attending.

The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions have finished.

Register for the Forum Exhibitor Opportunities Report Package

Forum 2 / Agenda

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 1.00pm - 2.00pm


  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm
  • Registration, Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00pm - 2:25pm

Progress From Components-in-a-Box To Smart Materials

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    The need to progress from components-in-a-box to smart materials in the form of structural electronics/ electric/optics/magnetics typically called "structural electronics": better electric vehicles land water and air and previously impossible electric vehicles. Early precursors: antennas and heaters in car windows. Tesla cars and Drayson racers have shaped components in gaps in their structure, now Tesla plans solar bodywork.
  • 2:25pm - 2:50pm

Technology Options For Polymeric Structural Electronics For Internal Trim & Instrument & Controls Replacement Depending On Size and Numbers:

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    Technology options for polymeric structural electronics for internal trim and instrument and controls replacement depending on size and numbers: 3D printed electronics, in-mold electronics, laser assisted patterning, laminates, reel to reel processes for smart skin. Examples Jabil, TactoTek, ERabbit, Alta Devices, other. Imperial College London coins the term "massless energy" for supercapacitor molding to replace load bearing metal in electric vehicles to give less weight and double as traction power storage. Their technologies (carbon aerogel, new electrolytes) and alternative research at Queensland University of Technology, Vanderbilt University, Zap-Go.
  • 2:50pm - 3:15pm

Smart Glass as Electronic Drapes & Solar Windows

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    Smart Glass as structural electronics may be one of the most important technological developments of this century. In this session the emerging capabilities of Smart Glass will be presented, which ranges from electronic drapes in buildings and cars, to photovoltaic windows for generating MW in a skyscraper and potentially topping-up EV batteries. Technology options for passive and active smart glass will be explained, including electrochromics, polymer dispersed liquid crystals, suspended particle devices, OPV and perovskites. Roadmap: buildings now, EVs when?
  • 3:15pm - 3:45pm
  • Networking break
  • 3:45pm - 4:10pm

Smart Roads

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    Smart roads power generation (piezoelectric, photovoltaic, electrodynamic), structural health monitoring, self deicing, dynamic vehicle charging. Examples, Magment, Solaroad, Colas, TNO, Pavegen, others.
  • 4:10pm - 4:35pm

Structural Electronics In Aerospace

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    Smart wing diagnostics, deicing, other. Solar drones - small to giant. Wing as battery. Nervous system with structural lightning protection as fuselage, electrically dimming windows, display skin instead of windows. Examples Boeing-GKN, Boeing Aurora, Airbus, NASA, China, others.
  • 4:35pm - 5:00pm

Triboelectric & Piezoelectric Tires & Bodywork.

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    Fabric structural electronics for sails and airships so they make and store electricity by combinations of piezoelectrics, triboelectrics, photovoltaics and supercapacitor storage from fibers. Prospects for solid state batteries that do not swell and shrink and can therefore be made into vehicle skin and fabric. What is the new or planned flexible film piezoelectrics, triboelectrics, thermoelectrics, dielectric elastomer generators, nantenna light harvesting, metamaterial metal patterning and spray on photovoltaics? Specifications, ambitions, roadmap.
  • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Questions, Answers & Networking

Timings and the agenda are subject to change

About IDTechEx

Since 1999 IDTechEx has provided independent market research, business intelligence and events on emerging technologies to clients in over 80 countries. Our clients use our insights to help make strategic business decisions and grow their organizations. IDTechEx is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with additional offices in Boston, USA; Berlin, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea. Learn More

Contact Event Support