On-Demand Webinars: Energy

Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles

In Conjunction with SAE

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 will follow the technical presentations.


James Karavakis, Business Development, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas
Andrew Meintz, Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
David Schirmer, Chief Information Officer, City of Beverly Hills


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International