At first it was a trickle that developed into a slow and steady stream. Now a wave of new electric vehicles is building up with the promise of delivering an unprecedented number of models to North America, Europe and China in the next two to three years.
There may not be a better time to look into electric vehicles and we have two superstars coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2020. JB Straubel, Co-Founder and CEO of Redwood Materials, who, as longtime CTO, drove battery powertrain design for Tesla has, and Celina Mikolajczak, Vice President for Battery Technology at Panasonic Energy of North America, will talk to us on our virtual stage about everything to do with electric vehicles.
This virtual event will take place from October 6th to 7th. We look forward to hearing from these two technology leaders who are at the forefront of the industry.
Straubel's role at Tesla cannot be underestimated. The co-founder and CEO was responsible for some of the company's key technologies over his 15 years, including leading cell design, the supply chain, and the first Gigafactory concept through the Model 3 production ramp.
But Straubel's story is not only tied to Tesla. The former Tesla manager founded another startup called Redwood Materials in 2017 . The battery recycling startup focuses on circular supply chains that essentially turn waste into profit and resolve the environmental impact of new products before they occur. The first named customer is Panasonic. and just this week it was announced that Amazon has joined that list.
Mikolajczak has a long history of researching and developing better lithium-ion batteries. Her technical consulting practice at Exponent focused on the safety and quality of lithium-ion cells and batteries. She then took on a senior position at Tesla that focused on cell quality and materials technology. While at Tesla, Mikolajczak developed the battery cells and packs for Tesla's Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Roadster Refresh.
After leaving Tesla, Mikolajczak served as technical director for ridesharing battery development at Uber Technologies. She came to Panasonic last year Energy of North America, where she is vice president of battery technology. Mikolajczak leads a team of more than 200 engineers and other technical staff to improve lithium-ion cell manufacturing and bring the latest cell technologies into mass production for Tesla at the Gigafactory facility in Sparks, Nevada.
In short, these two know a lot about battery technology, from how it evolved over the past decade, to how it will affect automakers, consumers, and the economy.
Mikolajczak and Straubel are just two in a long list of all-star speakers, including Bryan Salesky, co-founder and CEO of Argo AI; Tekedra Mawakana, Chief Operating Officer at Waymo; Ike Co-Founder and Chief Engineer Nancy Sun; as well as folks from Nuro, Aurora, Cruise, Lyft, and Uber. There are also startups, including Refraction AI, that sneaked on our stage at last year's mobility event.
We hope that you can attend the event from October 6th to 7th, 2020. As you may have heard, TC Sessions: Mobility is a virtual event. Don't worry, we know many of you want to network. We have built features into our platform to give attendees unprecedented access to speakers, investors and co-founders. Get your tickets before prices go up in a few weeks! There are discounts for groups and students and exclusive exhibition opportunities for early-stage founders.