Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Tech Expo in Novi Will Feature Ford, GM, and Mercedes

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The Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Tech Expo will feature talks and discussions with experts from Ford, GM, and Mercedes. // Stock Photo

The Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, the only trade show and conference exclusively dedicated to the drive train and power system in electric and hybrid vehicles, has announced Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., and Mercedes-Benz are among the key companies set to discuss the future of the battery and E/HV industry at the event.

The expo will be held from Sept. 13 to 15 at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The expo is co-located with the Battery Show, North America’s largest and most comprehensive advanced battery technology event, chock-full of industry leading suppliers and a sold-out show floor. Exhibiting E/HV companies signed on to network and connect with attendees include Curtis Instruments, Danfoss, Henkel, Hongfa, Marsilli, Mitsubishi Chemical America, Odawara Automation, Oetiker Limited, Omni Powertrain, and more.

“This year’s expertly curated four-track conference will feature a speaker lineup set to address all the latest topics and trends impacting the business of the drive train and power system in electric and hybrid vehicles,” says Shamara Ray, group event director for the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo.

“As the EV industry booms, consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the future of electric and battery powered innovations. Our event is aimed to facilitate thought-provoking conversations and networking opportunities with the industry’s leading decision makers.”

Details of select sessions are below:

Optimizing EVs for a More Sustainable Future will feature speaker Charles Poon, global director of electrified systems engineering, at Ford.

Poon leads a diverse team of over 1,000 engineers located in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His team is responsible for high voltage propulsion, energy storage, power conversion, and low voltage electrical distribution systems with the goal of delivering world class electrified systems at best-in-class product development cycle times for all Ford’s global electrified platforms and vehicle lines.

Solid State Batteries for Automotive Applications will feature speaker Alvaro Masias, cell technology research supervisor at Ford.

The discussion will center on existing and future automotive battery cell performance and requirements; how solid state batteries hold great promise as a next generation technology for automotive, but remain an unproven technology; and a review and comparison of solid state batteries with existing liquid lithium ion batteries will be shown.

EV Battery Pack Design System Level Opportunities and Limitations for EV Batteries is a technical session that will feature speaker Tobias Glossmann, principal systems engineer at Mercedes-Benz R&D North America.

He will discuss some technologies and their opportunities and limitations in future EV battery packs. Mercedes-Benz is continuously monitoring and investigating new technologies to find solutions that may improve system-level performance and sustainability. New technologies that have great advantages oftentimes come with properties that may appear problematic for vehicle battery integration.

Outlining How GM’s Battery Technology will be Used Beyond Vehicles to Support an All-Electric Future will feature speaker Tim Grewe, general director of electrification strategy and cell engineering at GM.

Grewe is the leader of GM’s global battery cell and electrification strategy. His responsibilities include battery cell production and next-generation electrification strategies. He joined GM as the chief engineer for the Allison Hybrid City Bus. His teams have launched multiple generations of GM electric propulsion systems including the GMC Hummer EV and an upcoming electric crossover from Cadillac.