Cambridge EnerTech’s

xEV Battery Technology, Application, and Market

15-16 January 2020

Vehicle electrification is here and market expansion has started. Automakers are scrambling to develop the vehicles that will not only meet the upcoming stringent emission regulations, but also attract customers and provide viable financial return. What most affects the cost and performance of these upcoming xEVs is the battery. Consequently, battery developers and their supply chains are being challenged to step up and enhance performance, reduce pricing, and help automakers improve the vehicles’ value propositions and achieve profitability. Indeed, while graphite high-nickel NMC chemistry offers access to the widest range of applications, the many energy storage requirements for all the types of xEV architectures it is applied to create opportunities for multiple cell chemistries and cell and pack designs. In this conference: i) industry analysts will discuss vehicle- and battery-market trends; ii) vehicle and battery developers will discuss the chosen battery designs and present performance data for existing vehicles; iii) automakers will present vehicle development and energy storage requirements for future micro, mild, and strong hybrids, as well as PHEVs and Evs; and iv) battery developers will present the latest achievements in meeting the requirements of the various xEV architectures, including performance and life.

Final Agenda

Wednesday, 15 January

8:00 Conference Registration & Morning Coffee


terrassen- Saal B

8:40 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Menahem Anderman, PhD, President, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

8:45 The Path to Zero-Emission Road Transport in Norway: Past Incentives and Future Goals

Aasebo_SigveSigve J. Aasebo, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Zero emission transport is a cost-effective measure to reduce carbon emissions. Incentives for electrification started out in 1990 and have been both long-term and increasing with time. The goals of 2025 are to stop selling vehicles with ICE in passenger cars, city busses and light-weight vans. By 2030, no heavy vans with ICE, and maximum 25% of long-distance busses and 50% of new HDV with ICE. Will Norway reach the world’s most ambitious goals?

9:05 The Battery Market and Main Trends 2020-2030

Sanders_MichaelMichael Sanders, Senior Advisor, Avicenne; President, Sanders Group Enterprises, LLC

The presentation will analyze the current global battery market and provide some forecast for Lithium-ion batteries and their impact on the supply of raw materials.

9:25 Cathode Market Expansion: Challenges and Opportunities

VanBellinghen_TomTom van Bellinghen, Marketing & Sales Director, Rechargeable Battery Materials, Umicore

EV penetration of somewhere between 1 and 2 % has turned cathode landscape upside down. How to prepare for the 100$/kWh, when price parity with ICE will be reached and the real growth will start? Decreasing cost, increasing energy density, improve product purity, ensuring raw material availability and upstream mining investments, while guaranteeing ethical and environmental standards, all at a lower CO2 footprint: a lot of balls to keep in the air.

9:45 Sustainability in the Battery Value Chain

Augustin_JonasJonas Augustin, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Batteries are a key enabler to electrify transport and realize the energy transition. The tremendous growth in demand for batteries will, however, impose a number of economic, environmental, and societal challenges to the entire value chain from raw material mining all the way to end-of-life. A sustainable scale-up of the battery value chain is required to ensure the positive impact of batteries. Circular economy and responsible practices will be a core part of the solution.

10:10 Coffee Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

11:00 The Big Question about PHEV vs. BEV – What Does the Actual Trend Suggest?

Irle_ViktorViktor Irle, Market Analyst,

This presentation will look at PHEVs and BEVs from a global perspective but also focus on Europe in more detail. It will examine what the actual data suggests, who the active OEMs are in the field, which models are the best sellers, how Chinese policy influences what European automakers bring to the market, and how the near-future forecast on BEV vs. PHEV looks.

11:25 Chinese xEV Market: Vehicle, Battery, and Materials Impact

Lu_MarkMark Lu, PhD, Certified Senior Industrial Analyst, ITRI, Taiwan

11:55 Q&A

12:20 Networking Lunch (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

13:30 Dessert Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing


14:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

Matthias Ullrich, PhD, Head of Battery Cell Development, Center of Excellence – Battery Cell, Volkswagen AG

14:20 Renault EV and Its Battery Evolution

Origuchi_MasatoMasato Origuchi, Electrical Energy Storage System Expert, Renault

Renault, as the leader of European EV market, has been continuously improving the top seller EV Zoe and its battery. The recently launched new model Zoe has also a larger energy battery within the same battery pack size. The presentation will explain the technical details of Zoe batteries and also will discuss and suggest, based on the cumulated Zoe customer field data, the direction of further battery improvement which should not be limited to just increasing the energy density.

14:40 The Battery System for Volkswagen's New Electric Platform MEB

Manz_HolgerHolger Manz, PhD, Head of Development for Vehicle Energy Supply and High Voltage Systems, Volkswagen AG

In recent years, E-Mobility has reached an unprecedented degree of public focus. Unexpected by many, fully electric automobiles have evolved from experimental status to real life relevance. This technology is now a fact on the road and people enjoy using it. The presentation provides an overview of Volkswagen’s efforts in the field of battery systems and their associated technology covering the last 10 years. Looking forward into the future, the paper explains the challenges related to the next generation of battery systems and provides insights into the latest platform of Volkswagen’s Battery Electric Vehicle Technology, the MEB.

15:00 Electrification Strategy of the PSA Groupe Focused on Battery Systems

Lancelle-Beltran-EmmanuelleEmmanuelle Lancelle-Beltran, PhD, Battery System Expert – Storage Systems & Electrotechnics, PSA Group

Thanks to the planned extensive electrification of the models, PSA Groupe will soon bring more battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids onto the market. Clearly, the battery technology is one of the major keys to realize such ambitious product portfolio and sales targets. Regarding the way to develop Low Emission Vehicle technologies, the strategy is based on 2 pillars : multi-energy platforms and transition from a "buy” strategy to a “make” strategy of key components of electrified powertrain such as the battery. Thus, PSA Groupe is improving its battery skills as battery integrator. In this overview presentation, the PSA Groupe strategy on battery development will be explained.

15:20 Charging Ahead: Commercializing Fast-Charge Si-Dominant Li-Ion Cells for EVs

Park_BenjaminBenjamin Park, PhD, Founder & CTO, Enevate Corporation

Enevate's pure silicon-dominant Li-ion cells utilize a novel anode. Unique properties include extreme fast charge while increasing high energy density, wide temperature operation, safety, and potential for reduced cost. Technical developments, cell operation and design principles, and commercialization progress for use in EVs will be discussed.

15:40 Refreshment Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing

16:30 Glimpses into BEV Batteries on the Market – AVL Series Battery Benchmarking

Prochazka_WenzelWenzel Prochazka, PhD, Senior Product Manager, Global Battery Competence Team, AVL List GmbH

The comparison of technical and commercial information of batteries in electrified propulsion systems is a key factor to gain state-of-the art knowledge and engineering methodology understanding. But how comparable is the available data in order to gain knowledge about key-functions of the battery-systems and their interactions? AVL’s series battery benchmarking program provides a database for objective comparison in technical attributes as well as in engineering methodology with market competitors for clear system target definition of high performing, reliable and safe batteries. 270 different criteria are evaluated through AVL benchmarking metrics displayed in 8 high-level attributes. The found integrated system performance values are pointed out to support current and future development programs. This talk focusses on the battery systems of current example vehicles, the AUDI E-tron quattro, JLR iPace and Tesla Model 3.

16:50 Lithium-Ion Battery for Future Electric Vehicles: Challenges and Perspectives

Jeong_WonheeWonhee Jeong, PhD, Leader, BEV Cell Development Team, LG Chem

Electric vehicles based on lithium-ion batteries have emerged as environmentally sustainable transport systems. Automotive manufacturers start building their dedicated electric vehicle planform with various electric driving ranges and fast charging capability. In this talk, LG Chem’s current lithium-ion battery solutions to this fast-evolving market will be discussed with a focus on technical challenges and battery design for low cost. Also, we will explore practical aspects of lithium-ion battery technology required for future electric vehicles.

17:10 Empowering Mobility

Ellis_MarkMark Ellis, Technical Lead Automotive, Battery Systems, Northvolt

An overview of the how the Northvolt Battery Systems business integrates into the Northvolt business with our focus on sustainability, connectivity & modularity. Details of some present applications in the Off-highway vehicles market, the technical challenges that these present and an outline of the future directions, as module & pack production scales with the Northvolt cell production capability.

17:30 Q&A

18:00 Close of Day


7:30 Conference Registration

Terrassen - Saal B 

8:00 Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

Join your colleagues and fellow delegates over breakfast for a focused, informal discussion moderated by a member of our speaking faculty. A small group format allows participants to meet potential collaborators, share examples from their own work and discuss ideas with peers. Visit here to see the full listing of topics and moderators.


9:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Eckhard Karden, PhD, Technical Expert for Battery & Energy Storage Technology, Ford Aachen

9:05 The Next Generation of 12V Lead-Acid Start/Stop Batteries with Optimized Charge Acceptance and Balanced Real-Life Behavior

Dirk Weber, EMEA Flooded Systems Design Engineering Lead, Clarios

CLARIOS is continuously working on an optimization of lead-acid batteries for various applications, primarily focusing on AGM. Based on this experience and the increasing demand for improvements in various product lines, CLARIOS is developing the next generation of EFB batteries with a more balanced footprint regarding charge acceptance and hot climate durability. Main target is the development of a product portfolio with satisfying performance under modern test regimes like e.g. WLTS, key-life-test (KLT) considering potential trade-offs in real life behavior. The presentation will discuss i) dynamic charge acceptance improvements in modern test regimes, ii) the impact on field relevant performance indicators, considering high- and low temperature conditions, and iii) the potential limitations of current test procedures, seen from a developer’s standpoint.

9:25 Supercapacitors in Low-Voltage Automotive Systems

Werkstetter_StefanStefan Werkstetter, Head of Applications Engineering, Skeleton Technologies

Ultracapacitors are now used for more than 8 years in low voltage automotive systems, with millions of vehicles on the road today equipped with this energy storage technology. Skeleton Technologies is working on future ultracapacitor technology with significantly increased energy density. These next-generation ultracapacitors can address more applications like autonomous driving backup, electric power assisted steering, decentralized power backup and electric catalyst heating. The presentation will give an overview of today´s and tomorrow´s applications.

9:45 Low-Voltage Systems with Li-Ion Batteries

Braime_IanIan Braime, Executive Director of Low Voltage Product Management, A123 Systems

48V MHEV is established as a key technology in the European industry’s quest to meet increasingly demanding emissions regulations. This presentation will look at A123’s 48V cell and battery road map and how A123 as a market leader in 48V is managing diversity in technical requirements and how A123’s new battery solutions are providing increasing value and performance to the MHEV system for customers in Europe and China.

10:05 Q&A

10:25 Coffee Break


11:10 Chairperson’s Remarks

Arnold Lamm, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, e-Technologies, GmbH

11:15 Large-Scale Automotive Cell Manufacturing in Europe – Overview

Hackmann_MarkusMarkus Hackmann, PhD, Head of e-Mobility, P3 Automotive, GmbH

Currently the supply market of lithium-ion battery cells is dominated by South Korean, Chinese and Japanese players as these introduced this technology to the market. Most of the required sub-components and raw materials for these new production locations will initially be sourced from domestic and established supply chains in Asia. This presentation will discuss the chances and risks for localized European players and industry segments to enter these supply chains due to e.g. missing infrastructure and local production facilities of the established competitors as well as open technology fields. Success factors will be identified.

11:30 Large-Scale Automotive Cell Manufacturing in Europe – Chances and Risks for New Entrants

Lamm_ArnoldArnold Lamm, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, e-Technologies, GmbH

The national platform of electromobility in Germany pictures the complete value chain besides the cell and the cell manufacturing. New national projects in this field are now on the way. The European Commission, powered by Germany and France, is also pushing cell manufacturing consortia. The questions are: What are the key success factors in order to become competitive with the Asian cell manufactures? What is the utilization concept out of these pilot plants? This presentation will consequently discuss the chances and risks for localized European players and industry segments to enter these supply chains. For example, it will look at missing infrastructure and local production facilities of the established competitors as well as open technology fields, and highlight the success factors identified so far in the industry, and show P3’s view on success factors and road blocks for new entrants in the battery cell manufacturing business to participate and compete with the dominant market players. In this context the depth of vertical integration into the value chain of battery cell production will be most of interest as it defines the amount of potential chances and risks.

11:45 How to Make Automotive Batteries a Better Business?

Spreitzer_OliverOliver Spreitzer, Partner, Strategy Engineers GmbH & Co. KG

Until 2030, the majority of new passenger cars sold in developed countries will be electrified. To prepare, automotive OEMs as well as suppliers are busy developing batteries and mastering production. One the one hand materials needed for these batteries are not yet mined in the right quantities and on the other hand the usage of batteries for recycling or even secondary use are not clear business cases today. As a result of the tentative ramp-up in production volumes electric vehicles are seeing today, there is only limited demand for traction battery recycling. The question is, when critical quantities of used battery packs will be returned to the OEMs. With the emergence of second use applications like charging infrastructure and decentralised storage solutions, the ramp-up of recycling volumes might be a few years down the road. This opens a window of opportunity to develop the value chain after designed-for usage and establish the required business models along the battery life cycle.

12:05 Li-Ion Battery Innovation Roadmap

Grejtak_TimTim Grejtak, Analyst, Lux Research, Inc.

Understanding how and when innovations in Li-ion battery anode, cathode, and electrolyte materials will make it to market is key to succeeding in the Li-ion battery and electric vehicle industries. This presentation will forecast the market share of anode and cathode technologies, including solid-state batteries, over the next 20 years to build a Li-ion battery material roadmap. It will also present projections for energy storage demand across all transportation sectors to highlight key market opportunities.

12:25 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)


13:40 Chairperson’s Remarks

Roland Matthé, Technical Fellow Battery Systems & Electrification Architecture, Engineering Propulsion Systems, Opel Automobile GmbH

13:45 Electrification at Opel – from BEV and PHEV to Intelligent Charging Infrastructure and Reuse of XEV Batteries,

Matthe_RolandRoland Matthé, Technical Fellow Battery Systems & Electrification Architecture, Engineering Propulsion Systems, Opel Automobile GmbH

14:05 CO2-Neutral Battery Production in Europe – How to Make It Happen

Stanek_RobertRobert Stanek, Partner, E-Mobility, P3 Automotive GmbH

First, we will start with an overview of the energy required for each step along the lithium-ion battery production value chain and uncover current typical CO2 emissions for a reference site in Europe. Following this we will introduce short, medium and long term potentials to reduce CO2 emissions for a European location. Here, we are focusing on raw material sourcing and processing as well as battery cell manufacturing. Lastly, the presentation will indicate suitable strategical approaches to achieve CO2-neutral yet economically feasible battery production in Europe.

14:25 Sustainability of EV Batteries: It Starts with Raw Materials

Guido_DonaGuido M. Dona, Director, Planning & Strategy, Arkema

While there is no doubt on the zero emission aspect of full electric cars when used, the virtuosity of their overall carbon footprint is still under debate. The origin of the electricity is of prime importance for sure as well as the carbon footprint of the battery itself. Arkema, as a designer of materials and innovative solutions, is definitively engaged in supporting the development of more sustainable lithium-ion batteries. This presentation will highlight how a Specialty Chemical Company with an eco-design mindset can contribute positively: from green electrification to recyclability, while going through greener electrode manufacturing and bio-based materials.

14:45 Q&A

15:00 Refreshment Break


15:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

Falko Schappacher, PhD, Member of the Board of Directors, MEET Battery Research Center, University of Muenster

15:20 Li-Ion Battery Life in xEV Applications

Schappacher_FalkoFalko Schappacher, PhD, Member of the Board of Directors, MEET Battery Research Center, University of Muenster

15:40 Life-Limiting Mechanisms in Li-Ion Automotive Technology

Waldmann_ThomasThomas Waldmann, PhD, Team Leader Post-Mortem Analysis and Aging Mechanisms, ZSW

In order to improve battery life time, the underlying aging mechanisms have to be identified. This presentation gives an overview on Post-Mortem analysis and aging mechanisms in different commercial state-of-the-art cells. The results are complemented with lab cells with reference electrode. The investigated mechanisms include Li deposition, SEI growth, and dissolution of silicate species from Si/C composite anodes. We show how the mechanism of Li plating can be hindered for fast-charging in commercial 16Ah pouch cells.

16:00 Development and Validation of xEV Battery Life Models

Obersteiner_VeronikaVeronika Obersteiner, PhD, Project Manager IODP, IODP Architecture & Technology, AVL List GmbH

Battery life has been one of the major obstacles to lithium-ion battery popularity in recent years, as it directly limits the electrical range over the lifetime of the xEV. Therefore, efficient methods for characterizing the complex process of battery ageing are needed. Utilizing these models for the development of strategies to analyze the battery degradation can enable a significant extension of the xEV’s life. Current modeling approaches, ranging from electro-chemical to half-empirical to data-driven models and the underlying battery aging testing methods provide a toolchain to predict the battery lifetime for individual xEVs according to their specific driving usage.

16:20 Q&A

16:35 Closing Remarks

16:40 Close of Conference

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