On a bi-weekly basis, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) welcomes our audience to decompress with our President and CEO, Alan Amici. This week we are joined by a special guest, Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad, the Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Innovation Officer at CAR. Dr. Prasad covers and shares his thoughts on the latest Hot Topics happening in the automotive industry. If you would like to receive this bi-weekly insight into critical industry issues you and your organization are facing, sign up for our mailing list here to get Hot Topics sent directly to your inbox. 


The Scramble for Resources

Prasad’s thoughts:

Every dollar spent by automakers in the race upstream to the mines is a dollar taken away from downstream product development, so while one end of the supply chain gets secure, the other end gets more exposed. We’ll have to watch this space closely to see how long this upstream race will last and how it might pay off or backfire. 


Investments in the EV Market:  

Prasad’s thoughts:

These are exciting times for public education, as the large public and private investments in electric vehicles (EVs) and EV infrastructure create incentives for educators to reshape curricula, both coursework and laboratory training, to better match the growing needs of automotive employers. 


Zero Emission Vehicles:  

Prasad’s thoughts:

While the markets are abuzz with battery electric vehicles, public and private investors must have an eye on a future beyond mineral intense batteries, or we’ll fall behind, once again, as we did with BEVs. New concepts and lowvolume products with hydrogen fuel cells are making their way into the hands of early adopters now, and the time is ripe for innovation and partnerships. 



Carla Bailo

Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad

Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Innovation Officer

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