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SAE International's New Energy Vehicle Forum in Shanghai Explains China Opportunities for EV/PHEV/HEV and Alternative Powertrain Suppliers

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 23, 2013 - Major focuses of the SAE 2013 New Energy Vehicle Forum, Nov. 12-13, in Shanghai, China, are the partnership/collaborative and financial opportunities available in China for companies with near-commercialization technologies, components and systems for electrified vehicles. 

North American and European vehicle sales are projected to remain relatively stagnant - constraining commercialization opportunities for many new and potential entrants into the EV/PHEV/HEV supply chain. China’s market, however, continues as the world’s automotive growth market. And China’s commitment to new energy vehicles, CleanTech and CO2 reduction, along with its need to develop indigenous engineering and technology capabilities, has resulted in a new round of strengthened government incentives to support and encourage opportunities for advanced/alternative powertrain suppliers through cross-border partnerships and collaboration.

The Forum is designed in part for “new” entrants into the electrified vehicle supplier base as well as companies interested in finding low cost alternatives for commercializing innovative EV technologies in China. The Forum’s plenary session, “Strategic Approaches to NEV (New Energy Vehicle) and Advanced/Alternative Powertrain Development” features an in-depth discussion of China’s Energy Saving and New Energy Vehicle Automotive Industry Plan 2012 – 2020” which outlines the government’s incentives; the current status and needs of China’s domestic electrified vehicle technology suppliers; and a contrasting examination of technology development and deployment in the U.S. and other regions.

A featured speaker in the plenary is Bill Russo, President and CEO, Synergistics and Senior Advisor, Booz & Company who will present “The Circuitous Path to Electrification of China’s Automotive Industry.”

Following the plenary are two independent presentation tracks. The technology track, “Overcoming Technical Barriers to EV Adoption” addresses topics in EV/NEV Charging and Infrastructure; energy management approaches to powertrain integration; and optimal EV/NEV battery operation, control and testing.  The business development track, “Developing China’s NEV Supplier Base: Cross-Border Partnership and Collaborative Opportunities” addresses successful partnership and collaborative approaches for building China’s NEV supplier base; finance/equity and investment sources and mechanisms; and services to facilitate cross-border partnerships.   

In the business development track, key legal and regulatory advice will be provided by China-based law firms involved in guiding numerous public and private equity, cross-border, arrangements in China.  Omario S. Kanji, Partner, Price Cao PRC Lawyers will present “Risks and Rewards: Balancing Technology Transfer and Market Access” and Edward Lehman of Lehman, Lee & Xu, China Lawyers will present “Successful Approaches to Negotiation and Proper Handling of IP, Patents and Trade Secrets.”  In addition, case studies of successful public/private equity joint ventures and technical cooperation agreements will be examined.

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