Standing room only as pre-eminent industry speakers led lively discussions at the conference

In the three-track conference last month, hundreds of delegates from top automotive sector companies vied for seating as crowds assembled to hear industry heavyweights tackle the hottest topics of the moment. It was standing-room only in many sessions as speakers from Volkswagen, Toyota, LG Chem, Daimler, McLaren F1, CATL, Renault-Nissan, BAIC and Tata Motors took to the stage. Questions were fired at the panels who discussed everything from 48V energy storage and powertrains to fast charging and lithium-ion cell and pack design and manufacture.

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The opening day launched in style with some truly stand-out industry representatives identifying the hottest trends and pivotal challenges ahead for European EV and battery technology stakeholders. An engaging on-stage interview with Frank Bekemeier, CTO, e-mobility at Volkswagen marked a particular highlight as he outlined their plans to revolutionise the dominant car manufacturer with some exciting electrification strategies. The interview was followed by a lively panel made up of senior directors representing a diverse set of standpoints on cell manufacturing in Europe. TerraE, CATL, Northvolt, NAATBatt and Volkswagen debated where the energy storage sector is and where it needs to be in our Leader’s Debate. The first morning ended with enlightening discussion on advanced powertrains with a diverse panel from BJEV/BAIC, Renault-Nissan, Cosworth and Frost & Sullivan - all to a packed-out keynote conference room.

The conference sessions on day two covered everything from next-generation powertrain technology with Tata Motors, Dana and Cosworth to BMS and Battery Design with Toyota, Daimler, Volkswagen and SF Motors in conference rooms so busy it was standing room only! The pace picked up even further on the Wednesday afternoon with McLaren F1 and Williams F1’s consulting armsjoining Cummins to discuss technology. With three complete sessions on 48V energy storage and powertrains, mild-hybrid technology was comprehensively covered alongside fast-charging and li-ion safety!

The final day brought together large format vehicle manufacturers including speakers from MAN Bus & Truck, Johnson Controls and A123 Systems as they compared lead acid and li-ion. Meanwhile, a multitude of diverse companies come together to address sustainable and cost-effective manufacturing.

Porsche’s Thomas Fritz commented that he felt this was “one of the best battery conferences”, echoing the Conference Imageopinions of many others. “The event was highly enjoyable and resulted in a number of good contacts and potential customers to follow-up with,” said speaker and Skeleton Technologies’ CEO, Taavi Madiberk, and Williams’ Wasim Sarwar, a Battery Systems Engineer and speaker on the conference, noted, “I’ve attended and participated in many conferences over the past seven years, and this was certainly the best run.” Other testimonials conveyed the quality and reach of the trade fair and conference. “The Battery Show provides a fantastic forum to understand all the latest trends and points of view in this fast-changing and exciting industry,” said Ford Motor Company’s Jonas Malmqvist. Jaguar Land Rover’s Dr Limhi Somerville agreed, commenting, “This event gives me real access to see some of the challenges that are met at an end-user level and with companies that are really working with the end user in mind.”

Our exciting new audience participation tool Sli:do in the conference was a huge success with nearly 2000 interactions from hundreds of users. Several highlights from our audience polls included the fact that our audience overwhelmingly felt that BEVs would win the electric car race over FCEV, PHEV or ICE powered cars, and the enlightening feedback that, more than 50% of our audience felt that solid state is still, at least, 10 years away. Find out more here