MEC4 Michigan Energy Conference

Monday, September 25, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Plenary session #1: Paradigm shift: how advanced mobility is changing the game for vehicle ownership, fleets, and shared vehicles, and driving new automotive business models. 
This session will consider how (and how fast) advanced mobility will change our thinking about transportation, including the impact on fleet management, infrastructure, and the idea of personal vehicle ownership as we transition to vehicles that are autonomous, connected, electric, and shared (ACES).
  • John Maddox, President and CEO, American Center for Mobility
  • John Peracchio, Managing Director, Peracchio and Co.; Co-Chair, Michigan Council on Future Mobility

Plenary session #2: Charging and fueling the vehicles of tomorrow: how vehicle electrification and fuel cell development enable the development of mobility solutions.

This session will consider why automotive OEMs are increasingly turning to electricity and fuel cells to power self-driving vehicles, including the advantages of electric powertrains for autonomous applications and the increased power demands of connected vehicles. In addition, the session will consider the broad cost trends in battery technology as a key driver for vehicle electrification.


  • Carrie Morton, Deputy Director, Mcity
  • Danil Prokhorov, Project Manager, Toyota Research Institute
  • Jon Walker, Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft

Lunch Dialogue with Keynote/ Panel

CONFIRMED SPEAKER: U.S. Senator Gary Peters

Plenary Session #4: Developing a mobility ecosystem: building the hard and soft infrastructure of a connected future (and who pays for it)

Finally, this session will consider the many issues involved in building the energy and communications infrastructure necessary to support the deployment of mobility services, including grid modernization, the availability of charging and fueling infrastructure, and communication between vehicles and the grid, as well as important issues in how we fund these infrastructure improvements.


  • Chris King, Global Chief Regulatory Officer, Siemens Smart Grid
  • Norm Saari, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission

Closing Keynote/ Fireside Chat