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Mark Verbrugge
Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory at General Motors

Conference Presentation: Standing on the Forefront of Battery Development
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Wednesday, September 11 | Location: Legacy Ballroom | Open to Conference Passholders

The development of low-cost, fast-charge batteries is essential to the advancement of automotive electrification. The recent United States Advanced Battery Consortium RFPI seeking low-cost, fast-charge cells emphasizes the importance of this technology. Mark Verbrugge will review what’s needed to achieve this development, explain the key considerations of negative electrode behavior and review the materials required. He’ll also emphasize the need for sustainable battery solutions based on Earth-abundant materials with low cost-per-unit mass, the use of which ensures lower cost cells with increasing specific energy per unit mass.

Ed Begley, Jr.
Actor, Author, and Environmental Activist

Expo Presentation: Electric Vehicle Sustainability: Overcoming Barriers & Resistance
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Thursday, September 12 | Location: Legacy Ballroom | Open to All

Long before the days of EV buyer waitlists and charging stations at grocery stores, Ed Begley, Jr. was driving around California in a Taylor-Dunn electric cart. He’ll take to the expo stage to share his personal — and often humorous — journey to shift his transportation choices toward renewable and sustainable options.

Bob Taenaka
Senior Technical Leader, Electrified Vehicle Battery Cells/Systems, Ford Motor Company

Conference Presentation: Gateways to the Future: Delivering on Electrified Vehicle Demands
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Tuesday, September 10 | Location: Legacy Ballroom | Open to Conference Passholders

With the continuing worldwide regulatory “push” toward lowered vehicular emissions and reduced fossil fuel consumption rates, the need for advanced electrified vehicles is becoming increasingly important. Widespread customer acceptance of — and even more importantly, preference for — electrified vehicles over conventional internal combustion engine vehicles requires that customer demands for “no compromise” in attributes such as vehicle performance, range, comfort, reliability, and affordability be delivered flawlessly while providing even greater driving excitement and/or new capabilities that “pull” customers to advanced electrified vehicles. Emerging technologies such as wireless vehicle charging, on-demand hybrid vehicle zero tailpipe emissions, and fully autonomous vehicles will help to accelerate these gateways to the future.