Electric Vehicles: At the Tipping Point or Tipping Over?

  • GABA
  • 09 October, 2018
  • 09 October, 2018
  • California

GABA invites you to explore the future of electric vehicles.

With Volkswagen announcing that it will be selling 50 Electric Vehicle (EV) models by 2025, GM signaling that it will deliver 20 EV models by 2023, and other OEMs following suit, it would seem that EV’s are closer than ever to reaching the “tipping point” of consumer adoption. This is the point where not just early adopters but the far more numerous “pragmatists” are considering purchases.

California has the highest rate of EV adoption in the United States (5%), and 40% of all EV’s sold in our state are driven here in Silicon Valley. Yet, on a worldwide basis, market share of EV’s in 2017 was still less than 1% of the ~90 million cars shipped. Is Silicon Valley’s EV experience a preview of the global future or are our local adoption rates distorted by an unsustainable amount of government incentives?

Join a panel of experts featuring automotive OEMs, suppliers, and infrastructure providers to gain a deeper glimpse into the future of Electric Vehicles. We will cover the following topics:

What are the differences between HEVs, BEVs, PHEVs, and FCEVs and is there an ultimate winner? Which technology is the “greenest”?
Will EV’s survive the expiration of government incentives? How real are the fossil fuel vehicle bans announced in China, UK, France, and India?
What have we learned about charging infrastructure requirements here in Silicon Valley? Can we solve consumer “range anxiety” without building ever larger batteries? Are Hydrogen Fuel Cells part of the answer?
Can the supply chain deliver the staggering amount of batteries needed to convert even a small percentage of worldwide combustion engine sales to fully electric? What about the availability of the raw materials, including rare earth minerals?
Is any OEM actually making money on a per unit basis selling EVs? When is this expected to occur?
43% of all EV’s were built in China in 2016. To what extent is China driving the development, production and adoption of Electric Vehicles?
With continued challenges in meeting its operational goals, can Tesla continue to survive as a stand-alone company? Are there new entrants poised to take its place, or will the existing OEMs maintain control of the automotive market?
How do the other major disruptive elements in the automotive industry (autonomous, connected, shared) affect the rate of EV adoption? Will the necessity to keep up with a combination of these trends favor the established OEMs or new startup entrants?

Location:
Exponent
149 Commonwealth Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Date and Time:
Tuesday, Oct 09, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Pacific

Agenda:
6:00 – 6:30 pm Registration / Networking Reception
6:30 – 8:00 pm Program
8:00 – 9:00 pm Networking

Complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served.

Cost:
Early Bird until October 2nd: $15 Members, $30 Non-Members
Regular: $20 Members, $35 Non-Members
$50 Day of event