Technology, climate regulations and an evolving consumer demographic is changing the way we think about transportation. Government regulations are forcing vehicle manufacturers to build higher efficiency cars, which is reducing the need to fuel up as often.
The future is expected to look very different from today and the factors influencing that change are being witnessed throughout the market. The FUELS2020 Virtual Experience will explore the market through a series of presentations evaluating the pressures from environment, economics of the market and government regulations as related to oil and refined products, renewable and alternative fuels, vehicle manufacturing strategies, commercial market evolution, societal changes and consumer behavior.
This is the industry’s premiere event for broad perspectives without an agenda or pre-determined outcome. Viewers will leave each session with a broader understanding of the diverse factors that influence their markets—making them more effective in their jobs and more valuable to their business.
Transportation-energy industry stakeholders — from business owners making long-term investment decisions to policymakers considering legislation and regulations that affect the fuels and vehicles markets. We welcome you to join us!
Session One (11:00 am - 12:15 pm ET)
Insights from Deloitte's 2020 Global Automotive Consumer Study
Ryan Robinson, Automotive Research Leader | Deloitte
Automotive stakeholders are pumping in billions of dollars into making connected, autonomous, shared, and electric vehicles a reality. The cost of juggling multiple R&D programs is enormous. Underlying automakers' massive R&D investments is the assumption that consumers will actually pay for these advanced technologies when they appear on the market. However, results from the 2020 Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study suggest that achieving a return on invested capital for new technologies may be more difficult than some automakers think.
Session Two (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET)
Impact of Transportation-Related Environmental Initiatives
Aneesh Padalkar, Principal | Ricardo Strategic Consulting
At present, there are many different movements in the U.S. geared toward lowering emissions by implementing changes to transportation-energy use. Some examples include the Transportation Climate Initiative, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, carbon pricing, biofuels blending and incentives for electric vehicles, to name a few. What is the relative effectiveness of each of these movements to reduce transportation emissions and how much does each cost both the consumer and affected/regulated business entities?
Session Three (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET)
Current Global Events and their Impact on Transportation-Energy
Debnil Chowdhurty | IHS Markit
Currently, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, designated a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, has slowly grinded the transportation-energy industry to a halt. As consumers are forced to work remotely, the demand for oil and gas has plummeted. Price and supply wars between Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States continue to add to the strain on the market. The global oil market has never before in history collapsed as precipitously as it has in 2020. What can be done to better prepare for future environmental/natural disasters on the transportation-energy markets?
Session Four (11:00 am - 12:15 pm ET)
The Last Mile: Increased Awareness can Help you Prepare for the Future
Oliver Schlake, Ph.D. | University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
The world recently has experienced an acceleration is the use of at-home delivery services, which amplifies the potential long-term implications of these services for the transportation market. Preparing your business for such changes requires a broad awareness of your market surroundings. Raising your future awareness may be key to making better strategic decisions under uncertainty. We will look at five obvious and not-so-obvious trends around the future of the last mile and how organizations can craft a more resilient strategy by changing your future awareness threshold.
Session Five (1:00 pm - 2:15 pm ET)
State of the Automotive Industry
Scott Shepard | Guidehouse
Trends for the past several years indicate that the automotive industry is beginning to invest in producing more electrified vehicles while at the same time developing more fuel efficient vehicles. Various forecasts suggest the pace of market change may be quick or more measured, but the evolution seemed to be certain. The recent economic slowdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the forecast for light duty vehicle sales this year and many are wondering what might be the long-term implications of this disruption on the development of advanced technologies. This session will evaluate the trends leading into 2020 and consider the potential future outlook as the market recovers from the current disruption.
Registration is $299 per company/organization. This includes on-demand access for two weeks after the conclusion of the live recording.
Below, please see detailed instructions on how to register and gain access to the webinar series:
Head of North American Refining
Debnil Chowdhury is an executive director and leads the North American Refining and Marketing research and service at IHS Markit. He has been involved in many refined product and NGL pricing, and market entry strategy studies for clients. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he was a senior market analyst for Valero where he was responsible for strategic planning and market analysis support for downstream, renewable, and retail assets globally. Mr. Chowdhury performed short- and long-term planning for downstream and midstream assets, conducted refinery economics evaluations, and supported new expansion and supply optimization efforts. His prior experience also includes helping clients globally develop new refining technologies as a member of KBR’s Technology Development team as a process and pilot plant engineer. Mr. Chowdhury is the primary creator of the IHS Markit long-term ethane analytics price forecast model, which can be used to provide insights on and quantitatively link ethane supply/demand to long-term pricing. Mr. Chowdhury holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Certificate in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Data Science from Northwestern University, and an MBA from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Ricardo Strategic Consulting
Aneesh Padalkar is a Principal at Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) and has 13 years of experience in the automotive and transportation industries. His passion lies in leading efforts to solve technical and business challenges surrounding technologies that will improve energy efficiency and safety in mobility. Padalkar has advised industry executives and government institutions on emerging technology road-mapping, scenario planning, market growth strategy and procurement strategy. He brings in broad and practical perspectives having worked hand-in-hand in implementing solutions with client groups in Corporate Strategy, Engineering, Marketing, Finance, Purchasing and Supply Chain. He also provides views on technology trends to industry magazines as a key opinion leader and is a frequent speaker on emerging technology themes at industry conferences. Prior to joining RSC, Padalkar worked with ZF Group leading cross-functional teams for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) product development and launch for over 15 vehicle platforms with several automotive companies.
Automotive Research Leader
Ryan Robinson is the senior research leader supporting the global automotive practice at Deloitte. Ryan’s primary focus is creating engaging and actionable insight to support the firm’s clients across the automotive value chain. Prior to joining Deloitte, Ryan was the Senior Director of Industry Analytics at J.D. Power where he was responsible for leading a group of highly-trained subject matter experts covering a variety of industries including automotive, financial services, insurance, energy and telecom. Ryan also managed the global automotive forecasting and proprietary advisory practice at another Big Four professional services firm in Detroit where he advised clients on risk management issues, acquisition due diligence, and market entry strategies.
Oliver Schlake, Ph.D.
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Dr. Oliver Schlake is a Clinical Professor at Robert H. Smith School of Business, a senior business consultant, entrepreneur and researcher. His publications and research on scenario-based strategic planning and innovation strategy have been featured in leading academic and practitioner journals worldwide. Oliver has been an international management consultant and strategic advisor for leading companies and government agencies in Europe and North-America. Prior to joining the Smith School he was Assistant Professor for E-Business at National University, San Diego and CEO for German based consulting firm Scenario Management International (ScMI AG).
Senior Research Analyst
Scott Shepard leads Guidehouse Insights’ research on electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. In this role, he provides analysis and forecasts of electrified powertrain adoption, supporting infrastructure, and impacts on energy and emissions. He has authored over 20 market forecast reports and is a regular contributor to industry publications such as Forbes, ChargedEVs, and Smart Cities Dive. His background and education focuses on government policy for transportation decarbonization, beginning at roughly the same time that modern EVs were introduced to global markets.
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