ComVec 2018 will feature international special guest speaker Ian Wright. When Tesla began, Ian was the Engineer at its heart. In 2005 he founded Wrightspeed, building turbine powered electric drivetrains for the commercial vehicle industry.
He’s a revolutionary whose innovations are taking hold all over the world and you can meet him at ComVec 2018.
Follow Ian’s uncompromising journey to develop more efficient means to power heavy vehicles. Where better to start than with city buses and waste removal trucks.
Ian will share his inspiring experiences and how they led to Wrightspeed; he’ll talk about his current projects including the looking at its applications and the challenges to make it work.
We’ll also take a look at where things might go from here, including casting a speculative bird’s eye view on the current development landscape.
Speaking to US Network CNBC Ian expressed his surprise following Tesla’s announcement of their new long-haul prime movers saying trucking is a tougher market for electric than shorter-range, light- and medium-duty trucking.
“I was a little surprised they were targeting long-haul trucks, because that is the worst thing you can do with a battery electric [vehicle],” he said.
“It’s going to make it very heavy and expensive,” he said, in a tough business where low cost is king. Cost “is where the rubber meets the road.”