This month, Autotech Council members opens their dicussion on the electrification of transportation to the public. From bicycles to buses and airplanes to cars, batteries and energy storage is revolutionizing transportation, and startups are leading the way into this brave new world.

Electric Vehicles are poised to play a larger role in our automotive, transport, and mobility future. The International Energy Agency predicts that Electric vehicles will grow from 3 million to 125 million by 2030, and that the worlds EV fleet grew 54 percent to 3.1 million in 2017. That's a staggering growth rate for the total fleet size, which normally moves slower than annual sales. Meanwhile, in Norway, EVs accounted for 39% of new car sales last year, and 6.4% of their fleet. (Wow! Norway sure hates oil!)

While some major OEMS like FCA have been openly hostile towards an EV future, others like VW have embraced the opportunity with conviction.

What are the changes, opportunities, and threats of this EV future? Join the Autotech Council, our members, and select speakers as we discuss and learn about our EV future.

There are multiple types of EVs here today, and coming down the pike in the near future.

  • Battery EVs
  • Plug-in Hybrids
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell
  • Gasoline Range-extended EVs (ex: Volt)
  • Infrastructure-charged EVs (ex: buses that charge at stops)

If we are truly at an inflexion point in the adoption curve of EVs, then there are numerous disruptive changes at our doorstep, and many interesting questions to debate. Today's meeting will look at EVs, and uncover many of the interesting and disruptive aspects of their adoption:

  • Resulting changes in vehicle design, new uses of space
  • Changes in torque, performance, high-end cars
  • Use in freight transport and commercial biz
  • Reduction in parts
  • Shift in supplier business, necessary natural resources (ex: rare earth magnets, lithium)
  • Changes in drivetrain configurations, multiple motors, traction control
  • Battery sizing and costs
  • Battery charging solutions
  • Battery chemistry or substitutes
  • Home power backup / Disaster recovery
  • Changes in sales channels, maintenance business, and dealerships
  • Impacts on the wider infrastructure and power grid
  • Emissions and green considerations, carbon footprint, reg compliance
  • Accident, safety, first responder questions
  • Recycling, end-of-life battery questions: bonus or cost?
  • Where EVs make sense, and where ICEs persist & still make more sense

Of course, there will also be some debate over whether this future is even plausible. Some believe that EVs are not as green as they claim to be, and thus the sustainability of the EV surge is up for debate.

Join our tech scouts from OEMs, automotive vendors, and mobility investors to discover EV innovation and startups who are shocking the EV market.

About our Public Meetings: The Autotech Council occasionally opens its doors to non-members to discover a segment of the auto industry that is attracting large amounts of innovation and investment. Public meetings are ½-day agendas that highlight a few vendors who are leading the segment and introduce dozens of undiscovered companies. Expect plenty of time for networking, business discussions, and an interactive format that promotes relationships between member and non-member companies.

Fees and Options: This meeting is free for Autotech Council members, open to non-members for a $200 fee. Rapid Fire pitches and demo tables, described below, are both available during this meeting to introduce new products or services in the sensors segment. Registration includes free access to Sensors Expo & Conference Expo Hall.

Call For Speakers and Rapid Fires
Up to 10 5-minute technology pitches may be included in this agenda. Startups are selected from companies who Apply to Present using the online application form. Preference is given to members, sponsors and companies with technologies that have validation, traction and industry support.

Demo Tables Available
Demo tables are available to showcase technology, products or services in this market segment during the breaks. Demo tables allow all attendees an in-person introduction to new technologies. Tables are 30" round cocktail tables, with black linen, power and Wi-Fi when available and are $50 to members, or $500 to non-members.

Interested in Sponsoring?
Want your technology to reach innovation scouts from 50 of the most cutting edge companies in the Automotive ecosystem? Companies interested in sponsoring this meeting or future meetings can read about the benefits of sponsorship.



  • When

  • Friday, September 14, 2018
    8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Where

  • Infineon
    690 N. McCarthy Blvd.
    Milpitas, CA 95035

About the Autotech Council

Visionary companies in the auto industry use the Autotech Council to discover innovation, build partnerships, exchange insight, and grow their professional networks. The result is earlier discovery of new innovation, better understanding of technology's potential impact and timing, access to more entrepreneurs and investors, and in the big picture - getting better cars to market faster.

Autotech Council members meet monthly to hear from start ups and educate themselves on new technologies and market trends. For more details, visit www.autotechcouncil.com

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