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SAA Announces the 2019 Mobility Innovation Award Winners


October 17, 2019 --The Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) awarded its Mobility Innovation Awards at the Mobility Innovation Summit held at AAM. The winners included:


Innovations in Lightweighting Category:

  • First Place: Novelis for its Electric Vehicle Battery Enclosure. This is the first aluminum sheet battery enclosure solution to address customers’ needs in the rapidly growing electric vehicle and battery markets. The enclosure is up to 50% lighter than an equivalent steel design and accommodates all battery cell types.
  • Second Place: Vartega for its Low-Cost Recycled Carbon Fiber. The carbon fiber is combined with thermoplastics for applications in internal combustion engine cars and trucks as well as electric vehicles. The recycled carbon fiber has the same mechanical performance as virgin carbon fiber for approximately half the cost


Technologies Enabling a New Business Model Category:

  • First Place: WiTricity for its DRIVE 11 “Park-and-Charge.” The technology provides wireless, hands-free charging of electric vehicles. Consumers can now drive into a garage or parking space and have the EV charge automatically without plugging in.
  • Second Place: Marelli for its Smart CornerTM Modular Platform. The Smart Corner integrates autonomous sensors (LiDAR, radar, cameras) into vehicle headlamps and tail lamps to provide a 360⁰ view around the vehicle with redundancy, while maintaining styling aesthetics.


The Mobility Innovation Awards, sponsored by DuckerFrontier, were judged by a three-person panel consisting of:

  • Abhay (Abe) Vadhavkar, Director of Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
  • Kevin Kerrigan, Vice President of Business Development, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)
  • Lindsay Brooke, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Engineeringand Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazines, SAE International


“The Mobility Innovation Awards provide us with the opportunity to recognize exceptional innovations that are developed anywhere in the world, and to encourage new ideas and perspectives,” said Abey Abraham, Managing Director, DuckerFrontier.

“The quantity and quality of the awards received this year prove that there is amazing work being done by traditional and non-traditional suppliers in the industry,” Abraham added, noting there was a 400 percent increase in award entries in 2019 compared to 2018. “As an industry, we have been forced to think out of the box, be collaborative and put aside the notion of ‘that is always how we have done it.’ Mobility is evolving quickly and this year’s entries showed that we are ready to evolve with it.”