Blog from the 2011 SAE International Batteries and Electric Motors Summit
SHANGHAI, CHINA—Monday morning, Nov. 14, 2011—There’s never been an event like it: four days of in-depth technology sessions, workshops, and professional networking, all focused on the main elements of the electrified vehicle propulsion system.
If you want the latest info on large-format lithium-ion batteries, power control, and traction motors, the place to be this week is the 2011 SAE International Batteries and Electric Motors Week in Shanghai, China. It’s really four events in one, all held at the beautiful Marriott Hongqiao Hotel.
That’s where I am now, with hundreds of engineers, technologists, and experts from OEMs, suppliers, energy-storage and -distribution companies, and academia. After a 15-h direct flight from Detroit, I’m in Shanghai to report on the event’s highlights in twice-daily blogs published here on AEI Online.
The week began today with the SAE International Vehicle Battery Summit, which continues tomorrow. Overlapping the Summit is the Power Electronics for EV, HEV, and PHEV Applications Seminar.
On Wednesday, the focus on batteries continues, with the two-day Advanced Battery Systems for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Seminar. At the same time, those interested in traction motor technology will be soaking up the E-Motors Seminar.
“For its second year in a row, SAE International’s Shanghai conference is attracting the world’s leaders in battery technology,” said Patti Kreh, Business Unit Leader for SAE Engineering Events. “It is truly a weeklong immersion in all facets of electric vehicle technology. With every region of the world represented, this week’s events set a high bar for global exchange of information in this fast-growing space.”
I’ll have another report this afternoon, so keep an eye on www.sae.org/mags/aei/. My blogs will be posted morning and afternoon through Friday, Nov. 18.