Business and Technology Insight Forums Tokyo 2018

All Insight Forums will be conducted in English

26-27 February, 2018 | Tokyo, Japan

Nissay Marunouchi Garden Tower 3F
1-1-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-0005
Convention room: AP Tokyo Marunouchi. E+F

Electric Vehicles: Technology Innovations & Market Trends


Li-ion batteries (LIB) have enabled the start of a transition from gasoline to electric cars. Large automotive companies will suffer competition from new entrants like start-ups and Chinese automakers, but the biggest revolution will take place for Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.

Electric vehicles (EV) are capturing everyone's imagination thanks to unique features like environmental friendliness, low noise, and no urban pollution. This quiet revolution will take place at all levels, from cars, to ships, to airplanes. IDTechEx is the only company analysing 45 different EV categories that include industrial EVs, leisure EVs, plug-in hybrids, drones, boats, military EVs, and much more.

Thanks to this unique perspective, IDTechEx is able to analyse technology and market trends in areas like battery packs, powertrains, and power electronics at all levels. While 48V mild hybrids can offer a temporary solution to local CO2 emissions in Europe, countries like China are going all-in with pure EVs, thanks to generous government incentives. Other countries like Japan see hydrogen as a viable solution, while in the States, start-ups are disrupting a century-old industry from the ground up.

Much more is however happening beyond cars, in sectors like goods delivery, aviation, public transport, and logistics. In these markets, lies a significant portion of the value of the total EV market, with higher chances for dynamic companies to compete for dominance. The opportunities for component suppliers and others are much greater than most people realise. They lie in land, water and air electric vehicles as defined because they increasingly need new components and systems.

Looking into the future, energy-independent electric vehicles can also become a reality. These include EVs that are partially or completely powered by energy harvesting devices like solar panels, microwind, and infrared radiation.

What you will learn?

All the topics mentioned above will be covered by IDTechEx analyst Luke Gear in this dedicated forum on electric vehicles. The seminar will include

  • An overview of the different types of existing EVs, including micro-hybrids, mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure electric vehicles.
  • An analysis of the differences between different powertrains, in terms of battery demand, electric motor choice, power electronics, and other ancillary technologies.
  • A presentation of niche EV markets, like electric trucks, marine EVs, EVs for logistics, drones, and flying taxis.
  • A unique perspective into energy-independent electric vehicles (EIEV), which can enable "infinite range" mode, by not needing to be plugged to the grid.
Please join Mr Luke Gear and the rest of the IDTechEx team on the 26-27 February 2018 at the Business and Technology Insight Forums Tokyo 2018 to learn more about electric vehicle technology innovations and trends and how your company can benefit from this booming industry.

For those attending.

  • The PDF files of the presentations will be available to download from this website after the sessions are ended.
  • All Insight Forums will be conducted in English


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Forum 3 / Agenda

27 February / Morning
Convention room: AP Tokyo Marunouchi. E+F

IDTechEx Japanes Analysts Yasuo Yamamoto, will be available at this Insight Forum for further discussion.

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00


  • 8:30 - 9:10
  • Registration
  • 9:10 - 9:15
  • Introduction
  • 9:15 - 9:50

The Global EV Market

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    Overview of the electric vehicle (EV) market according to:
    • Government policies in key markets like China, Europe, the US, India, Japan, and Korea
    • Global market trends and EV sales in key countries
    • Niche EV markets, including trucks, vans, forklifts, two-wheelers, drones, boats
  • 9:50 - 10:25

Hybrid and pure EVs

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    Analysis of different powertrain hybridization systems:
    • Micro Hybrid, 48V Mild Hybrid, HEV, PHEV, limited range BEV, long range BEV
    • Range extenders
    • Powertrain choices of the main automakers
    • Fuel cell EVs
  • 10:25 - 10:40
  • Networking break
  • 10:40 - 11:00

Electric Motors

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

    Detailed overview of the main types of electric motors:
    • Belt Starter Generator (BSG), Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS), traction motors
    • Asynchronous Rotating Electric Machines (REM)
    • Synchronous REM, Permanent Magnet, Switched Reluctance
    • Trend to two or more REM per vehicle
    • In-wheel electric motors
    • Flywheel KERS
    • 48V Mild Hybrids
  • 11:00 - 11:20

Power Electronics for EVs

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Design of power electronics
  • Power module architecture
  • DC-DC converters
  • Battery Management Systems (BMS)
  • Wide bandgap semiconductors: SiC, GaN, GaAs, etc.
  • 11:20 - 11:55

Electric Aircraft and Marine EVs

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Top-down and bottom-up innovation for electric airplanes
  • Legal and technical challenges for electric aircraft
  • Main innovators for electric aircraft
  • Electric boats and ships: powertrains, hybridization choice, outlook
  • 11:55 - 12:30

Energy-independent Electric Vehicles (EIEV)

Compiled by Luke Gear, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Definition and characteristics of EIEV
  • Energy harvesting systems for EIEV
  • Charging speed for EIEV
  • Energy-independent land EVs
  • Energy-independent electric aircraft
  • Energy-independent boats and ships
  • 12:30 - 12:35
  • Summary & Conclusions
  • 12:35 - 13:00
  • Questions & Answers
    followed by networking and lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Lunch
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Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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