US-China New Energy Economy Forum

November 17th – 18th 2017
Santa Clara, California

2017 US-China New Energy Economy Forum is hosted by BAIC BJEV, Gotion, and Columbia University. The forum will be held on November 17th to 18th in San Jose, California. Participants will have opportunities to learn and discuss cooperation and development in the field of new energy, especially the innovation and applications of EV and energy storage. During the forum, you can also to join nearby events in Santa Clara Convention Center including EV, renewable energy, energy storage, and IoT in November 15th to 16th, and the 60th San Francisco Auto Show in Moscone Center from November 18th to 26th.

Speakers and Attendees

Jiang Li
Vice President, GSV Asset Management

Sobhan Khani
Director of Mobility at Plug and Play Tech Center

Anthony Foxx
Former US States Secretary of Transportation

Xiangfeng Duan
Professor at UCLA

Nicola de Blasio
Senior Research Scholar and Fellow at Columbia University CGEP

Wade Bitaraf
Director of Energy at Plug and Play Tech Center

Lewis Fulton
Co-director of Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathway at UC Davis

Ryan Wartena
President & Co-Founder of Geli

Rob Glen
Western Market Leader, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Huanyu Mao
Chairman & President of Suzhou Youlion Battery Co., Ltd.

Lei Guang
Director, 21st Century China Center, GPS, UC San Diego

Yihang Yang
Economic and commercial counselor, Consulate General of People's Republic of China in San Francisco

Shengguang Chen
Chairman, Formosa Plastics Transportation Co. Chairman, DAF Trucks Taiwan

Michael Dunne
President, Dunne Automotive Contributor, Forbes Magazine Former President

Mark Wenzel
Climate Change Advisor, California Environmental Protection Agency

Candice Yu
Policy & Strategy Planning, Mercedes-Benz Energy

Candace Widdoes
COO, Plug and Play Tech Center

Issam Dairanich
CEO, Global CO2 Initiative

Edward Lovelace
CTO, XL hybrids

Song Ci
Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Daniel Steingart
Associate Professor, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

Jack Chen
CEO, Energport Inc.

Marcial Nava
Principal Economist, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya

Steven Cai
Director and CTO, Guoxuan High-Tech

Joel Levin
Executive Director, Plug In America

Chris Mi
Chair of EE department, San Diego State University

Heyi Xu
Chairman of Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd.

Manuel Pinho
Professor, Columbia University

Susan Shirk
Chair, 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Gina McCarthy
Fellow, The Institute of Politics at Harvard University

Mark Levine
Strategic Advisor, China Energy Group

David Sandalow
Inaugural Fellow of Columbia University CGEP

Zhen Li
Chairman of Guoxuan High-Tech

Gang Zheng

Steven Chu
Nobel Laureate, Former Secretary


Continental Breakfast and Registration

Opening Remarks by Yihang Yang, Gang Zheng, Zhen Li, Terry Culver Continental Breakfast and Registration

Keynote: The Future of US – China Energy and Economic Cooperation by Steven Chu During the first round of US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue this July, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang pointed out that, “as world’s two largest economies, a good cooperation between US and China will not only benefit the corporations and people of the two countries, but also benefit the welfare of the world. Cooperation is the only correct option for the two.” As President Trump finishes his first China visit, let us see what the next step and the long-term economic relationship will be.

Coffee Break

Session 1: Global Vision – Mobility in Transition by David Sandalow, Gang Zheng, Zhen Li, Michael Dunne, Lewis Fulton, Marcial Nava, Sobhan Khani To fulfill “Paris Agreement”, France, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, U.K., and India have all proposed plans to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars in recent future. The EV markets in US and China are also burgeoning. The emergence of new car companies advances the competition of vehicle electrification; the rise and fall of oil price also influences the reform of auto industry; fast development of battery technology and the tightening emission standards are revolutionizing people in mobility; the rise of autonomous vehicle and sharing economy are turning future cars into “computer on the wheels”. The internal combustion engine has shaped our modern life, but it is also reaching the end of its life. Therefore, a global vision will bring the EV market a more organic development and prosperity. But, as the Economist reminds, it will be a bumpy road and please buckle up.

Panel Discussion 1 by Michael Dunne

Innovation Talk by Candace Widdoes


Keynote: The Future of Transportation and Smart City by Anthony Foxx

Keynote: Energy Future in China by Manuel Pinho, Mark Levine

Session 2: National Ambitions in EV – Road to Zero Emission by Mark Wenzel, Steven Cai, Issam Dairanieh, Huanyu Mao, Joel Levin, Chris Mi, Xiangfeng Duan, Ed Lovelace 2017, China has already become the leader of global EV and battery market. China’s gross EV sales in 2017 will reach 750,000, almost half of EV sales worldwide. The markets for passenger cars and commercial cars are both growing. Besides domestic car brands, world leading automakers also setup joint-ventures in China. Recent joint-ventures like Volkswagen-JAC, Ford-Zotye, Renault-Nissan with Dongfeng, and Daimler’s strategic cooperation with BJEV mark a meaningful step. In the US, GM and Tesla have also launched their champion models, aiming to broaden market-share. It is a competition within the EV industry, but also a battle between the traditional and emerging. In 2017, the shipment of China’s power battery takes up ~70% of the global market, but problems like technology paths, production capacity, product quality and safety, and the future development all concern the market. With improving policies and technology upgrade of the entire industry chain for car, battery, vehicle electronics and infrastructures, the future development of the EV industry will be spectacular.

Panel Discussion 2 by Chris Mi

Innovation Talk by Nicola de Blasio

Networking Reception

Dinner Reception Keynote: US-China Relations in the New Era by Susan Shirk


Continental Breakfast and Registration

New Energy Outlook 2017 by Rob Glen

Keynote: US – China Energy and Environment Cooperation by Gina McCarthy We are entering the last year of “the Ten-Year Framework for Energy and Environment Cooperation”. Reviewing the past ten years, US and China have been profoundly fruitful in their cooperation in energy and environment under this framework, especially for their achievement in energy efficiency and vehicle electrification. Today, we come together to revisit the success of this cooperation and envision the new challenges and opportunities for the cooperation in the next decade.

Session 3: Diverse Development – Energy Storage as a Service by Daniel Steingart, Song Ci, Ryan Wartena, Jack Chen, Candice Yu, Li Jiang The fast expansion of global EV market has given rise to large scale of technology innovation and the scale-up of power battery industry. While the development of battery recycling and gradient utilization will lower the cost of battery storage, we should still map out plans for solution to the problems it brings. The introduction and promotion of battery storage system, the integration of storage system with solar and wind power, the rise of micro-grid and smart distributed energy system, and the promotion of hybrid wind and solar self-generation model, on the one hand bringing a more diverse development, but on the other fostering a changing relationship with utility companies. This will facilitate the transition of entire upstream and downstream of the new energy industry. When the PV industry is looking for new opportunities for growth, the integration of solar PV and energy storage model points out the potential market. However, as incentives are limited and decreasing, what the energy storage industry will be in the future?

Panel Discussion 3 by Daniel Steingart

Closing Remarks

What to expect


We’re honored to have many amazing industry experts speaking during the keynotes and sessions.


This years forum location will be the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. We are sure that you will have a great experience with us at this time!


Lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided to all participants during the forum. A meal with an industry expert is also possible!


Lots of great hotels, restaurants, and activities near the venue will make for a full range of comfortable professional and personal experiences.

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