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10 - 12 June 2019 | Novi, Michigan, USA

Escape From Peak Car - The Next EV Technologies


11 June / Afternoon

Escape from peak car: next EV technologies in construction, agriculture, mining, logistics, aircraft, trucks, boats and ships.

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.

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Forum 4 / 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

The Big Changes In Demand For Electric Vehicles.

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    Peak car due to the move to cities, internet shopping, fewer young people getting a driving license, intensively used robot vehicles, growth in buses and railways. That means peak electric car is coming too: indeed it has arrived in many places already and those heavily dependent on making cars and their parts need escape routes. Some car companies have "peak car" departments to figure this out. Where, what, when? Mindless copying of Uber is probably not very clever.
  • 2:25pm - 2:50pm

Heavy Duty EVs: CAM, Electric Trucks, and a Place for Fuel Cells

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    Construction, agriculture, mining. Great commonality and in this CAM sector we have the world’s most expensive land EVs and, within the decade, the worlds most numerous EVs and some of the most successful energy independent EVs

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    Other heavy duty EVs include electric trucks. The benefits of them are plentiful: fleets can leapfrog petrol and diesel bans; they have a low cost per mile; less maintenance is required; they work readily with autonomy and platooning; low noise for night work, and so on. The big question is how to pump them with MW for hours at a time and on one site (ideally throughout a day). In fact, the solution to long-haul electric trucks may not come from batteries alone, but also fuel cells.
  • 2:50pm - 3:15pm

Electric Two-Wheelers

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    For their affordability and low running cost, ordinary bicycles tend to be the first mode of transport for the poorest populations around the world. It follows that urbanization in these locations, correlated to a rise in individuals’ purchasing power, first leads to sales of two-wheelers with an engine, and eventually car sales. India, in the second phase of this narrative, has seen its motorcycle sales surge to roughly 20 million per year, around 45 percent of the global market. The potential is huge, and constant announcements from the old guard that they will or have entered the space reinforces this. Yet this occurs simulatnoeusly with promising startups going bust as they attempt to ramp up production, reflecting the difficulty of achieving this, and a luke-warm consumer acceptance in certain markets. In this session, delegates will learn what is happening where for two-wheelers between 0.25 to 40+ kW, and IDTechEx’s prediction for their future.
  • 3:15pm - 3:45pm
  • Networking break
  • 3:45pm - 4:10pm

Progress Towards an Electric Ocean: Electric and Hybrid Boats and Ships

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    Since the early 2010s, sales of pure electric and hybrid vessels have grown steadily, mainly by early adopters in recreational boating, but also in commercial vessels that have their emissions retricted in so-called 'emission control areas' local to coastlines and rivers. To meet regulation, vessel operators have chiefly turned to expensive low-sulphur fuels to comply, as well as invested in scrubbers to clean tail-pipe gases before they are released. However, the now-confirmed global limits coming into force after 2020 have given vessel operators pause for thought, and IDTechEx believes many will turn to batteries to lower fuel consumption. In contrast, there is a trend towards turnkey electric outboards with integrated batteries in recreational boating, but a lack of regulation and subsidies is undermining this progress. In this session, delegates will learn about key policy and regulation driving electrification in the maritime industry, the technological and competitive landscape for maritime batteries, and the segments (recreational, ferries, fishing, OSV, industrial) leading the pack today and in the future in terms of volume and market value.
  • 4:10pm - 4:35pm

Autonomous Electric Vehicles

Compiled by Dr Na Jiao, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    Why autonomous vehicles are the best when they are electric? What are the best use scenarios for autonomous vehicles in the eary stage? How to create value through autonomous driving technologies in mobility-as-a-service (MaaS)? In this session, delegates will learn about opportunities and challenges brought by autonomous driving in the new mobility ecosystem.
  • 4:35pm - 5:00pm

Vision For The Future Of Electric Vehicles Across 69 Segments

Compiled by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

    Which EV sectors are powering upwards to be very large for at least 20 years? Which will see premium pricing for advanced technology? Which technology as batteries peak then drop as a percentage of cost and while proliferating, more complicated electronics, harvesting and motors take more – together rising to at least 30% and crossing energy storage on the way down. Where can you succeed without being Chinese in China?
  • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Questions, Answers & Networking

Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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