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Ann Arbor Spark

11th Annual Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century Conference

Wednesday, July 17 2019 at 8:00am - 3:00pm

We thought last year’s Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century conference took place during an uncertain time in the auto industry, but this year’s uncertainty looks even greater than last year. As the federal government prepares to freeze fuel economy and emissions standards and states begin filing court papers to challenge the decision, manufacturers and suppliers are caught in the middle. They understand the need to continue to improve fuel economy, especially because all their major markets are focused on this issue. But they think consumers are not ready for pay for the increased cost of hybrids and pure electric vehicles. If some states require vehicles that produce fewer emissions than other states, the manufacturers must decide to make separate vehicles for each set of states or make vehicles that meet or exceed the requirements for the most demanding states.

In the midst of this uncertainty, each manufacturer and supplier continues to work to find the best ways to improve the internal combustion engine while also investing in advanced hybrid and electric vehicle technology. This year’s conference will look at what some of those new technologies are, how manufacturers are working with their supply base to develop the new technologies, and how some of the new technologies are testing out in the lab and in practice. We will also get some insight from experts on how the new fuel economy regulations will play out in the short and long term, and the results from our 2019 Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century Survey.

Some of the questions we will address include: What do manufacturers and suppliers expect the future distributions of powertrains to be in 2025 and 2030 in the US? How will manufacturers balance the less restrictive goals in the US with the more restrictive goals in China and the EU? What new powertrain technologies will help companies meet their short term and long-term CAFE goals? Are manufacturers and suppliers designing new processes for developing new powertrains? What types of powertrain commonality will manufacturers and suppliers be able to introduce across all geographic regions that will help them meet all local missions and fuel economy regulations? What types of vehicles should we expect to see on the roads in the 2025 to 2030 timeframe in the US?

Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures will moderate the conference and discuss an analysis of powertrain strategies of the nine main companies selling in the US, and results from the 2019 Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century survey.

Aneesh Padalkar, Senior Manager at Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC), will discuss managing lifecycle costs for future powertrains based on the introduction of completely new powertrains into the supply chain.

Steve Carlson, Director of Business Development, Tula Technology, will talk about how his company was able to get its new Dynamic Skip Fire technology onto the new Chevrolet Silverado.

Kevin Stutenberg, Principle Research Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Research, will provide an overview of the performance and efficiency assessment of a Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell vehicle.

Other manufacturers, suppliers, government representatives, and consultants have been invited.

University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex
Building 18 Entrance 2800 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor
MI 48105