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SEMINAR: Drivers of Change in the Automotive Industry with a Focus on Electrified Vehicles

February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Mark W. Verbrugge, Ph.D.
Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Lab

General Motors Research and Development

February 23, 2018

2:00-3:00 P.M.


Drivers of change in the automotive industry with a focus on electrified vehicles

Refreshments served!

For personal transportation, vehicle electrification continues to grow in importance. We review recent electrified vehicle architectures and battery technologies. It is clear that for battery electric vehicles (EVs) to gain significant market share, significant improvements in battery technology are needed, particularly in terms of decreased cost and increased energy density (energy per unit volume). These needs, associated cell requirements, and advances in our understanding of the active materials that are central to the performance of today’s batteries, and likely those of the next decade, are overviewed. In the second portion of this talk, I will focus on two technological pathways emerging for EVs: fast-charge-capable batteries versus batteries with much higher energy densities (and specific energies) but without the capability to fast charge. How do we compare and contrast the two alternatives? We seek to shed light on this question with a simple model that considers costs to the EV customer.


Dr. Verbrugge is the Director of the Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory at GM R&D Center. He started his GM career in 1986 after receiving his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the College of Chemistry at the University of California (Berkeley). In 1996, Mark was awarded a Sloan Fellowship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an MBA. He has published and patented in topic areas associated with electroanalytical methods, polymer electrolytes, advanced batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells, high-temperature air-to-fuel-ratio sensors, compound semiconductors, surface coatings, and structural materials. His research efforts resulted in his receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Council for Automotive Research, an R&D 100 Award, Norman Hackerman Young Author Award and the Energy Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society, and twice the Boss Kettering Award, the highest technical award given by GM. He is a board member of the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC, and is the 2017 Chairperson for the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC.  He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.


February 23, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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