Although electrification in transportation is increasing, commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles pose their own specific design and development challenges. The Electric & Hybrid Industrial Vehicle Technology Conference will discuss and debate the technological breakthroughs required for increased deployment. Electrification offers the potential to significantly reduce emissions and noise levels, cut fuel use, lower maintenance costs and eliminate hydraulic systems, as well as a host of other benefits. So this conference is a must-attend event for all OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, and anyone involved in the industrial and construction vehicle market.
The Symposium was quite a success. First because it brought together industry leaders in this nascent and important technology. Not only did the speakers present motivation for electrification but I was thrilled to hear the opposing point of view so eloquently articulated by distinguished researchers and leaders. It is not only my opinion, but in discussions with colleagues, I heard the same feeling. The second reason for its success was that it is addressing a nascent technology area that needed a forum and the Symposium brought together diverse and influential speakers in one location over two days.
From my experience with electrification of passenger car steering, electrification was an enabler to automation because it is easier to have a self-parking or self-driving car once the electric hardware is an integral part of the system and no additional parts are needed. This applies to electrification of industrial vehicle: not only electrification will be a cost/power/energy saving but more important it will be an enabler to automation that would improve productivity and eliminate hazardous working conditions. We saw this in some nascent technologies presented during this conference.