SAE 2013 Hybrid Powertrain Complexity and Maintainability Symposium

October 22-23, 2013

Dearborn, Michigan, USA

Doubletree Hotel Detroit/Dearborn

Special Events

Keynote Presentations

Takehito Yokoo Tuesday, October 22, 2013
8:00-8:30 a.m.

Takehito Yokoo
Chief Powertrain Engineer, Product Development Office
Toyota Technical Center
Toyota Motors Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, INC.

Irreducible Complexity

Mr. Yokoo will cover how hybrid technology allows for a wide diversification of automotive powertrains and enables the use of non-conventional fuels, like hydrogen. The presentation further addresses how moving forward, key issues will be centered on the irreducible complexities of hybrids and being able to provide the customer with the performance they expect at a price they can afford.

Jeff Minter Wednesday, October 23, 2013
8:00-8:30 a.m.

Jeff Minter
Executive Director of Technical Training
Automotive Research and Design (AR&D)

Hybrid Vehicle Service - Is the Service Industry Ready?

Mr. Minter brings many important questions to the forefront during his keynote: How is the automotive service industry currently dealing with hybrid and electric vehicle diagnosis and repair? Are technicians being educated enough to accurately diagnose and repair these vehicles? What are the implications of this so called "readiness gap"? Will these vehicles be scrapped at 100,000 miles because of misdiagnosis or due to the high cost of a mechanical failure?