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December 2022

Autonomous Driving - How to Overcome the Five Main Technology Challenges
Autonomous vehicles (AV)s have the potential to reduce accidents arising from human error, provide transportation accessibility to a wider range of people and free up the time currently dedicated to driving. The report reviews these key challenges that must be overcome for the widespread use of AVs:
  1. Assurance of systems and software
  2. Sensing and Connectivity
  3. Judgement
  4. Architectures for managing complexity
  5. Verification & validation
The Expanding EV Market - Observations in a Year of Growth
Over 5,500 electric vehicle (EV) owners were surveyed along with more than 1,400 individuals interested in purchasing an EV in 2021 to report on the current state of the EV driving experience in the United States, in particular:
  • What are the primary motivations for drivers and those considering EVs?
  • What are the most valuable sources of information available to EV customers?
  • What is the quality of the current EV buying experience for customers?
  • Are EV owners content? Why and why not?
  • What are the most significant concerns with existing fast-charging networks?
  • Where do prospective EV owners converge and diverge from existing owners?

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November 2022

2022 Electric Vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Workshop
A Professional Development Workshop was offered on Electric Vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems immediately following the 2022 CAAT Conference Friday afternoon and finishing on Saturday. Attendees at all three sessions received a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University.
Presentations from the Workshop can be downloaded from the CAAT web site and are listed below.
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Council on Future Mobility and Electrification 2022
The futures of the automobility sector and of Michigan's economy are inextricably linked. But this does not mean Michigan's status as the global leader in the future of mobility is a foregone conclusion. Far From it, in fact. Being a global leader in anything requires constant improvement and a persistent desire. Michigan must continue to implement new public policies, invest in high quality communities and infrastructure, deploy and test innovative mobility technologies, win more business attraction opportunities than our competition, and develop outstanding talent that will lead this sector into the next generation of mobility.
The Inflation Reduction Act - Clean Vehicle Credits
The Inflation Reduction ACT (IRA)- Clean Vehicle Credits , attempts to address many challenges regarding consumer acceptance of battery electric vehicles (BEV)s and other advanced propulsion technologies. One key objective of the regulation is to support the goal of reaching 50 percent electric vehicle market share by 2030, while ensuring a strong domestic supply base for this critical technology.
The IRA amends the existing Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit program by creating the Clean Vehicle Credit (CVC) provision. Also, the IRA addresses the concerns regarding foreign markets controlling large portions of the EV supply chain. The law aims to limit the role of China and other foreign entities as sources for EV critical minerals, raw materials, and battery components to the U.S. market.
Technician Supply and Demand Report 2022
In 2022, the technician shortage was still a serious challenge for the transportation industry, with an inadequate supply of graduates from automotive, diesel and collision technology. Of greatest concern is the automotive sector, which incurred an 11.8% drop of program completions in just one year. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the demand for new technicians entering the workforce.
This report provides the current data on the number of technicians needed for the transportation industry including the number entering the Automotive, Collision Repair, Diesel, and Aviation industries and provides recommendations on how the industry can address the shortage.

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October 2022

2022 CAAT Conference – Preparing Technicians for Electric Vehicle Technology
The 2022 CAAT Conference was held on Friday, September 30 at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI, for automotive industry representatives as well as secondary and post-secondary auto educators, counselors, and administrators.

Conference Topics:

  • The Future of Electric Vehicles and eMobility
    Carla Bailo, President & CEO, ECOS Consulting LLC
    Former President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research
  • Electric Vehicle Jobs Market Report
    Bernard Swiecki, Director of Research and Automotive Communities Partnership
    Center for Automotive Research
  • Rollout of EV Jobs Academy
    Michele Economou Ureste, Executive Director
    Workforce Intelligence Network
  • Technician Skills Gap
    Paul Bowser, Director, Garage Service Operations
    Roush Industries
2022 CAAT Conference – Speaker Presentation Videos
The 2022 CAAT Conference was held on Friday, September 30 at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI, and was attended by automotive industry representatives as well as secondary and postsecondary auto educators, counselors, and administrators. This resource contains videos that were made from the speaker presentations.

Conference Topics:

  • The Future of Electric Vehicles and eMobility
    Carla Bailo, President & CEO, ECOS Consulting LLC
    Former President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research
  • Electric Vehicle Jobs Market Report
    Bernard Swiecki, Director of Research and Automotive Communities Partnership
    Center for Automotive Research
  • Rollout of EV Jobs Academy
    Michele Economou Ureste, Executive Director
    Workforce Intelligence Network
  • Technician Skills Gap
    Paul Bowser, Director, Garage Service Operations
    Roush Industries

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September 2022

Connected, Automated, and Intelligent Vehicles – 2022 NACAT Presentation
CAAT Assistant Director Nelson Kelly, presented a training session titled "Connected, Automated, and Intelligent Vehicles" at the 2022 North American Automotive Teachers Conference. It covers these four questions related to the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and the anticipated connected and automated vehicles of the near future:
  1. Why is there such interest in this topic?
  2. How does the technology work?
  3. What are the remaining challenges?
  4. How do these advances affect automotive technician education?
EV ProPlus Standards Based Training Program
The Electrified Transportation Pro+ program provides automotive transportation service professionals and students with comprehensive training and resources supporting service and diagnostics for electrified vehicle systems.
This resource describes the training program available At Central Oregon Community College.

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August 2022

2022 Electric, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology Training
This collection of documents is used in training for advanced automotive technology systems and are beneficial to high school and community college instructors, administrators, students and industry professionals.
    Topics Include:
  • Overview of HEV/PHEV/EV/VCV
  • Motor Drives and Power Electronics for Electric-drive Vehicles
  • Advanced Battery systems for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
  • Connected and Automated/Autonomous Vehicles
WIN 2021 Annual Report
The Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) engages with employers to develop and create workforce solutions for the changing labor market demands in Southeast Michigan. This 10th anniversary report includes a comprehensive ten-year timeline of regional training initiatives, data, and research studies.
Highlights Include:
  • A lead in the collaborative for the Michigan Revolution for the Electrification of Vehicles (MiREV) State of Michigan sector. The MiREV employer-led collaborative grant application includes the largest number of partners with over 100 business, education, non-profit, government, economic development, and workforce development board partners to scale existing electric vehicle and mobility-related curriculum statewide.
  • A partnership with the State of Michigan on the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Assistance Good Jobs Challenge, which would include more funding support for the MiREV training outcomes and deliverables.
  • A first draft of an Apprenticeship Training Guide and final draft of a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) High-Tech Workforce Preparation for Emerging Transportation Technologies.

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July 2022

Guide to Battery, Electrification, and Mobility Advances
This report provides content and insight on electric vehicles, battery production, charging and the evolving global electric mobility market.
    Topics Include:
  • Battery Improvements for Longer Driving Ranges
  • Simulation for Battery Development
  • Venting for EV Battery Packs
  • Adhesives for EV Electronics
  • Aluminum for EV Battery Enclosures
  • Battery Adhesives
  • Reducing EV charging time with Ultra-Fast Carbon Electrode (UFCE)
  • The Last Two ICE-Vehicle Cycles through 2035
How Electrification Is Changing Testing in R&D
As the automotive and transportation industry shift from internal combustion to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Research and Development (R&D) personnel are facing major changes to how they perform their testing. The report provides information on the new test protocols as well as the following topics:
  • Considerations for powertrain, environmental and thermal, noise and vibration, and EMC testing
  • C.C. & R: The testing challenges, constraints, and risks inherent in this industry shift
  • Recommendations for planning, designing, and building test facilities for batteries, electric-motors, components, and BEVs
Women Techs – Solving the Tech Shortage
Businesses in all sectors of the transportation industry urgently need more technicians and hiring more women technicians could help solve the crisis. This report provides action items for employers and suggestions from women technicians working in automotive, aviation and other segments of the transportation industry ranging in age from 19 to 59 years old.

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