February 16-18, 2021 │ Pasadena, California
Chief Professional Engineer, Electric Powertrain System Development, Toyota Motor Corporation
Shinichi Abe is Chief Professional Engineer, Electric Powertrain System Development Division No.1. His current responsibilities include communicating and negotiating environmental regulations for electrified vehicles and overseeing engineering and development of all system controls, including driving force, energy management, engine control, motor control and electric battery control for all Toyota hybrid vehicles.
Abe joined Toyota in 1981 as Engineer in charge of development of engine controls in the company’s Engine Development Division. In 1991, he served as Manager and Coordinator in charge of exhaust emissions related government affairs at Toyota Technical Center, U.S.A., Inc. in Gardena, Calif. He returned to Japan in 1994 as Manager in charge of advanced development of LEV exhaust system at the Higashifuji Technical Center, Powertrain Control Development Division. In March of 1996, he was named Manager in charge of the development of the engine control system for the Toyota Prius. In September of that year, his responsibilities were expanded to include the system control and development of driving force control for the Prius.
In 2000, he was appointed General Manager of the Hybrid Vehicle Control Development Department, with the responsibility for development of engine control, system control and driving force control for all Toyota hybrid vehicles. In 2003, he was appointed General Manager of Hybrid System Management Department and in 2006 his responsibilities were expanded to include development of electric battery control. In 2018, he was appointed Chief Professional Engineer and his responsibilities are mainly focus on negotiation of the environmental regulatory issues for the electrified vehicles.
Abe has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Nagoya University. He is a member of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan.
Abe is married and has two grown children, three grandchildren. He was born on April 20, 1956.