Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles

Available On Demand until December 13, 2018

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The successful implementation of electrified transportation and driverless vehicles will depend on the handling of a range of challenges including how the private sector and cities enhance and prepare the energy grid for the resulting increases in demand.

This 60-minute Webinar examines this crucial aspect of the evolving transportation infrastructure, exploring how the energy grid works and its current limitations, the risks that must be mitigated to provide for an electric-centric transportation model, and the steps necessary to ensure the grid is ready to support high volumes of fully electric vehicles. It also addresses the importance of managed charging, smart home energy management, and the integration of stationary commercial energy storage.

Developed for design engineers, managers, and development executives working on electric vehicles as well as non-technical municipal managers and city planners, this Webinar features three experts who will discuss today’s landscape, what steps are being taken for the electrified future, and what will be needed 10 to 20 years from now. They’ll also discuss provocative questions including:

   • What happens when an autonomous vehicle runs out of battery power and cannot charge due to the grid being overwhelmed?
   • Should cities start now to invest in battery backup solutions to ensure the grid is fully operational during peak demand?
   • How can cities work with the private sector and traditional car manufacturers to ensure that the grid is ready for an electrified and 

     autonomous future?

 An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. 


James Karavakis, Business Development, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas

James Karavakis does business development for Mercedes-Benz Energy, bringing to market home energy solutions that support the transition to electric vehicles, including stationary energy storage and EV charging programs. James has spent his career working in green technology. Prior to joining Mercedes-Benz Energy, he was a Business Development Manager at flow-battery startup Imergy Power Systems. In addition, James has experience in LED lighting from his time with LED chip manufacturer Bridgelux and in wind energy from working with wind blade manufacturer TPI Composites.

Andrew Meintz, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Andrew Meintz is a Senior Research Engineer at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the Electric Vehicle Grid Integration group. Prior to joining NREL in 2014, he was a Battery Systems Engineer at General Motors, working on lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Andrew has experience focused on advanced electric vehicle systems including fuel cells, power electronics, and battery systems from projects in both academia and industry. 

David Schirmer, Chief Information Officer, City of Beverly Hills

David Schirmer has extensive experience in the design, development, implementation, and management of large-scale, multi-faceted enterprise IT systems in the public and private sectors. As Chief Information Officer for the City of Beverly Hills, he holds overall accountability for the vision, management, oversight, and delivery of a multi-million dollar IT budget that provides strategic solutions to mission-critical city functions on a 24/7 basis. His area of expertise is his ability to analyze existing operational environments and engineer broad-based strategies for implementing practical solutions that meet corporate business objectives on time and within budget. Under his leadership, the Information Technology Department has received numerous awards for excellence. David has been with the city since 2001 and was named CIO in 2007. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International

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