STLE launches electric vehicle conference on outlook for the EV market

STLE hybrid technical conference offers three days of educational sessions, networking and group discussions, and panel discussions on the challenges and opportunities impacting EV technologies. (Courtesy: STLE)

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) will host its inaugural Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference November 3-5, 2021, at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas.

STLE is the technical society for individuals in the field of tribology and lubrication engineering.

The three-day technical conference will offer virtual and in-person participants the opportunity to attend educational sessions, networking and group discussions, and panel discussions with industry experts on the latest advancements and outlook for the electric vehicle (EV) market. Presenters will cover a wide range of topics, including transmission, gear and bearing lubrication issues, recent requirements for lubricant thermal and electrical properties, new operating conditions, and changes in the manufacturing of parts.

“Rapidly changing EV technologies are bringing new opportunities to the tribology and lubrication field,” said Ed Salek, CAE, STLE’s executive director. “STLE is committed to providing our members and the greater tribology and lubrication community with the insights they need to successfully navigate the evolving EV landscape and uncover new ways to advance innovation in this market.”

Technical sessions will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. US Central Time on November 4, and 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on November 5. On November 4, the conference will feature a keynote session, “Electric Vehicle Tribology and Rolling Element Bearing Challenges,” presented by Ryan Evans, Ph.D., director of research and development, The Timken Company, and a networking event in the evening. A tour of the Southwest Research Institute facility will be offered to attendees once the conference concludes.

The program will include an optional EV education course program introducing EV technology on November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (separate registration required). The one-day hybrid course will feature expert speakers, including OEMs, tier-one suppliers, and additive and lubricant companies discussing state-of-the-art developments in EV technology and lubrication. Topics will cover different EV platforms, including battery-electric vehicles (BEV) and hybrid technologies.

Course modules include hardware design, lubricant requirements for EVs, EV thermal management, heat transfer fluids in EVs, and testing methods.

The Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference offers a hybrid format to provide both in-person and virtual attendees with the best learning experience possible. SwRI requires all in-person attendees to be fully vaccinated and asks them to refrain from entering SwRI if they are sick or self- monitoring for COVID-19 related symptoms. STLE will provide regular updates prior to the event should COVID-19 guidelines change before the conference dates. To ensure the health and safety of all conference attendees, the maximum capacity of in-person spaces for the conference at SwRI is 100 participants. For more information, read STLE’s Health and Safety Plan.