May 22-24, 2018

Chicago, IL

Technology, regulations and an evolving consumer demographic is changing the way the world thinks and reacts to transportation. As we begin to move toward what many are calling a mobility future, characterized by features such as advanced vehicle powertrains, self-driving vehicles and shared transportation services, it is clear that the market eventually will look very different.

As this evolution progresses, these new features will impact legacy systems. The changing transportation landscape will affect your business. What are you doing now to ensure your company stays relevant?

This May, stakeholders from across the fuels and vehicles industries will gather in Chicago for the FUELS2018 Annual Meeting. This is the market's premier event for collaboration, broad perspective and an open exchange of ideas without a pre-determined outcome. Attendees will return to work with a broader understanding of the diverse factors that influence their markets - as well as new industry perspectives on market disruptors.

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The agenda below is subject to change.

Tuesday, May 22

2:00 PM


Octane and Internal Combustion Engine Advancements
More than 98% of vehicles on U.S. roads today are equipped with internal combustion engines and operate on liquid fuels. To comply with federal requirements, however, these engines must become more efficient. Advancements in engine design may necessitate changes to fuel composition. This session will evaluate the evolution and direction of ICE design and deployment, the role of octane in the fuel supply and the future of liquid fuels as a source of energy for transportation.

Diesel Fuel Quality and the Heavy Duty Sector
Modern high-pressure common rail heavy duty diesel engines are getting more efficient, but this comes with advanced technologies that are more sensitive to fuel quality. Reported incidents of system failures have been linked to deficiencies in fuel quality, leading some to call for a revision in diesel fuel specifications and improvement in fuel handling throughout the system. The Fuels Institute's Fuel Quality Council is dedicated to analyzing market conditions and facilitating a resolution to challenges that might exist between diesel fuel and modern engines. What data exists and what do stakeholders think needs to be done?

Fuel Infrastructure/Biofuels Compatibility
As fuel composition evolves to incorporate greater volumes of biofuels, either in compliance with government programs or to deliver higher octane fuel for emerging modern engines, ensuring the compatibility of infrastructure is critically important. Many do not fully understand the complexity of the retail fueling storage and dispensing system. Join the Fuels Institute for a guided virtual reality tour of an underground storage tank system and learn more about requirements, limitations and opportunities for accommodating more biofuels in the market.

6:30 PM

Networking Reception

Wednesday, May 23

9:00 AM

Evolution of Global Markets
In their efforts to address such pressing issues as climate change, local air pollution and traffic congestion, governments throughout the world are enacting new regulations to influence the direction of the fuels and vehicles market. From fuel requirements and emissions controls to vehicle bans and limitations, the scope of initiatives is broad and the potential impact is great. Let's evaluate the motivations and long-term implications of these efforts.

Future of the American Passenger Vehicle
Regulations establishing the efficiency requirements of the light duty vehicle market in the United States are driving significant change in the automotive sector. In response, manufacturers are engineering advanced engines, deploying improved transmissions and investing heavily in electrification strategies. What will be the impact of these regulations on the light duty sector in the long run?

The Future of Liquid Fuels
While under significant pressure from the emergence of electric vehicles, liquid fuels are expected to continue dominating the market for the foreseeable future. Efficiency standards and regulations like the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and state and regional low carbon fuel standards, designed to reduce emissions and the overall carbon impact of transportation, will significantly alter the composition of these fuels. How might these changes manifest themselves in the market and what might be coming in the future?

Electric Vehicles and the Infrastructure to Support Them
As electric vehicles gain market share, how will the infrastructure evolve to provide consumers with a convenient and reliable means to power them? Where and how will consumers recharge their batteries? How is the utility industry planning to satisfy increased energy demand? What are organizations doing to prepare the market for the future? If the future gets here and the market is not ready, what then?

The Economics of Fuel Retailing
Retailers sell nearly $500 billion worth of fuel per year and maintain billions of dollars in fueling infrastructure and real estate. With the anticipated decline in liquid fuel demand and the need for electric vehicle recharging infrastructure, what is the future of the retail market? There are 150,000 retail gas stations in the United States - is there a future for these locations? Can they evolve to satisfy the emerging consumer or are they destined to be relics of the past?

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5:30 PM Reception

Thursday, May 24

8:30 AM

Evolution of Mobility Solutions
The global consumer is changing and the transportation sector is changing with it. Consumers are increasing their use of ride hailing services and indicating their growing interest in on-demand, autonomous mobility. Urban planners are seeking mobility solutions that will reduce the need for parking structures, mitigate traffic congestion and improve local air quality. Are planners and consumers ready to take the next step to transition from a theoretical new mobility system to a physical one?

Board of Advisors Meeting
Board of Advisors Lunch
Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 PM Meeting Adjourned

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Registration for the FUELS2018 is now OPEN.

Registration Pricing

Fuels Institute Contributor Early Bird Rate (expires 3/30/18): $749
Regular Rate: $999
Non-contributor Early Bird Rate (expires 3/30/18): $1,149
Regular Rate: $1,399
Government/National Lab Staff Flat rate: $349

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Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 North Saint Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611


Hotel accommodations are the responsibility of each attendee. Registering for FUELS2018 does not include your hotel accommodations.

The Fuels Institute discounted room rate is $269 (king/double) plus tax/fees. To take advantage of the Fuels Institute discounted room rate, attendees can reserve their rooms separate from registering for FUELS2018, HERE.


Airport: O’Hare Int’l Airport is approximately 18 miles (26 minutes) from the Hyatt. Chicago Midway Airport is approximately 13 miles (23 minutes) from the Hyatt.

Parking: If you plan to drive, They Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile offers a variety of hourly, overnight and event parking rates that you can review, HERE.

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