USCAR Team Awards recognize those teams and members who leveraged their resources, exceeded expectations, overcame challenges and created outstanding value for our member companies.
Team Awards recipients this year are: the Additive Manufacturing Standards Team, the Substances of Concern (S.O.C.) and Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) Team, the USABC Abuse Test Work Group and the US DRIVE Electrical & Electronics Tech Team.
Additive Manufacturing Standards Team
The Additive Manufacturing Standards Team created two standards focused on industrializing Additive Manufacturing (AM) for automotive needs. The first standard focuses on the requirements for parts produced via powder-based additive manufacturing processes. The second focuses on defining buyoff standards for polymer powder bed fusion AM systems.
In an industry focused on aerospace and medical applications, these standards put more emphasis on the needs of the automotive industry. The high-volume nature of automotive applications necessitates high throughput and high quality in components and subsystems. These standards will help enable faster and more robust implementations of additive manufacturing for on-vehicle applications. Likewise, these standards enable AM industry partners to have more clarity on the requirements from the USCAR member companies, without having to create unique solutions for each of the members. This standardization will help reduce costs and simplify AM installations.
Members recognized as part of the Additive Manufacturing Standards Team are as follows:
Suranjeeta Dhar, Ellen Lee, Harold Sears and Larry Xu, Ford; Steven Abramczyk, Ben LeBlanc, Kevin Schmidt, Mark Smith and Paul Wolcott, GM; Neil Bailey, Andrew Partin and Michael Frawley, Stellantis.
Substances of Concern (S.O.C.) and Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) Team
The SOC and Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (SOC-VIAQ) Team leverages technical expertise and provides a forum for exchanging information to ensure that there is common understanding and messaging with respect to the SOC-VIAQ regulatory landscape. The SOC-VIAQ team includes OEM members that are beyond USCAR members to ensure that the automotive industry is appropriately represented in SOC-VIAQ discussions.
The SOC-VIAQ team successfully launched chemical substance data collection, performing pre-competitive analysis on the impact of upcoming chemical restrictions or prohibitions activities on the automotive industry. Subgroups were formally established and tasked with the development of standardized data collection templates, followed by data collection and impact analyses on several SOCs. Data collection results were shared with the Alliance for Automotive Innovation and the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA) for the purpose of developing a technical position on legislative and regulatory initiatives.
The SOC-VIAQ team also established a global OEM exchange forum with the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), primarily focused on sharing regional technical information on critical SOC topics impacting vehicles and vehicle parts. The launch of this initiative will provide the SOC-VIAQ team the ability to globally share technical information regarding regional SOC legislative and/or regulatory activities in a structured, efficient manner.
Members recognized as part of the SOC and VIAQ Team are as follows:
Matthew Duffy, Kelly Keller, Sherry Mueller and Charlotte Roland, Ford; Sarah Healy, Doris Hill, Michelle Kearney and Tammy Giroux, GM; Brandi LaPere, Sorina Stanciu and Brad Strohm, Stellantis; Anita Bedra, USCAR; Barbara Hayes, Hyundai; Yasumi Nakamura-Newbraugh, Nissan; Mark Bacchus, Sarah Medler and Lori Vosefski, Toyota; and Christine Lussier, Volkswagen.
USABC Abuse Test Work Group
The USABC Abuse Test Work Group delivered a fully-revised manual that contains battery abuse test and characterization methods, suitable for the pre-competitive development and comparison of electric vehicle electrochemical energy storage devices. This team worked through difficult challenges related to different input and approaches from the OEMs and achieved a fully collaborative result.
The manual revision improves the ability of manufacturers and developers of energy storage systems to more rapidly develop and execute abuse characterization for new technologies and be able to compare outcomes between competitive solutions. The Member Companies will benefit directly.
Members recognized as part of the USABC Abuse Test Work Group are as follows:
Renata Arsenault, Ford; Meng Jiang, GM; Ron Elder and Oliver Gross, Stellantis; Haiyan Croft, U.S. DOE; and Loraine Torres-Castro, Sandia National Laboratories.
US DRIVE Electrical & Electronics Tech Team
The US DRIVE Electrical & Electronics Tech Team (EETT) developed a Technology Roadmap and Targets with key metrics for eDrives. This is necessary to support the rapid acceleration toward battery electric vehicles (BEVs). BEVs require high-performance electric drives that use permanent magnet drives and Wide Band Gap (WBG) devices. Creating good research targets has been extremely difficult due to several factors including rare-earth magnet cost and volatility, and the expense of efficient WBG devices. Establishing Target Numbers has required collaboration with several other Tech Teams and key suppliers. This coordination of tech teams and suppliers has presented challenges not normally encountered in creating roadmaps and targets. The EETT did an outstanding job managing this coordination.
The Roadmap document outlines targets for key electric vehicle components for 2025, 2030 and 2035 and identifies the technology gap in key research areas like rare-earth free electric machines, WBG power electronics, etc. The document serves as a key guidance reference for the member companies and will help to assess and provide valuable direction to government-sponsored EETT projects. With the recent alignment with the 21st Century Truck Program, the scope of the team broadened to defining the metrics for not only Light Duty but Medium- and Heavy-Duty vehicles, which created additional challenges.
Members recognized as part of the Electrical & Electronics Tech Team are as follows:
Krishna Prasad Bhat, Ford; Suresh Gopalakrishnan, GM; Dhafar Al-Ani, Stellantis; Susan Rogers, U. S. DOE; Sreekant Narumanchi, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Burak Ozpineci, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Gregory Smith, Flex Power Control.