SAE International Plans Electric Vehicle Battery Course for February 2013 in Anaheim

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 6, 2012 - Driven by the need for lower emissions, better fuel economy and higher efficiency, hybrid vehicles are appearing in many different configurations on today's roadways. In conjunction with the “SAE 2013 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium,” SAE International offers a professional development course that introduces participants to the concepts of hybrid vehicles, their missions and the role of batteries in fulfilling those requirements.

Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Battery Systems” will be held Feb. 18-19, at the Hilton Anaheim, in Anaheim, Calif. This two-day seminar addresses several battery topics, including limitations, trends in hybrid development, customer wants and needs, battery system development timelines, comparison of electrochemistries and safety will be examined. Current offerings, cost factors, pack design considerations and testing will also be reviewed. Students will have an opportunity to perform a battery pack analysis exercise using a real world application and are requested to bring a calculator to class

Attendees will be able to:


  • Capture customer wants and expectations of the battery system
  • Identify factors that drive power and energy requirements
  • Determine test program structure
  • Compare and contrast the newest relevant battery technologies
  • Calculate estimates of electric range and quantify the assumptions
  • Critically assess media claims of new battery discoveries

  • Instructor for the course is Erik Spek, Chief Engineer for TÜV SÜD Canada, a member of the global TÜV SÜD third party testing services organization for cell and battery manufacturers, vehicle OEMs and utility grid users of energy storage systems. Mr. Spek is co-holder of a patent for next generation sodium metal chloride architecture for low cost and very high energy density. He has authored articles on Weibull statistics for battery life and BEV range modeling and has been active in the battery industry since 1984.

    For more information on this course, visit; call 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada only) or +1 724 776 4970 (outside U.S. and Canada); or email 

    SAE International is a global association of more than 133,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


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