Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility [In-Person + Virtual]

An STLE Technical Conference

November 3-5, 2021
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
San Antonio, Texas (USA)

Please note: On-site participation is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Please note in-person conference registration is now closed. Virtual registration will remain open during the conference.
For your convenience, STLE will be recording the entire conference. The final recording will include speakers who
 presented live as well as prerecorded presentations. All registered attendees will have access to the speaker presentation materials and recordings, which will be made available a few days after the conference concludes. So, attendees can watch the presentations again, or catch up on any talks you might have missed because of your time schedule.

Join us in person or online for an all-new event exploring the latest technical challenges and commercial opportunities that will impact the future of EV technology. See who is attending.


The rapidly changing electric vehicle (EV) technologies brings new opportunities for the tribology and lubrication community. Familiar challenges of transmission, gear and bearing lubrication are coupled with new requirements such as for lubricant thermal and electrical properties, new operating conditions, and changes in parts manufacture.


STLE’s inaugural Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference provides three days of educational sessions, networking, and group discussions with industry experts on the latest advancements and outlook for the EV market. Come engage and learn with your peers to get a better understanding on the emerging technical issues related to EV technology. To learn more about the EV Conference, visit the FAQs.

Event Schedule

November 3: Optional one-day EV technology education course (separate registration fee)

November 4-5: EV technical conference

Keynote Presentation
Electric Vehicle Tribology and Rolling Element Bearing Challenges
Presented by Dr. Ryan Evans, The Timken Company
Thursday,  November 4, 2021 | 8:45 am – 9:45 am US Central Time (CT)

The keynote presentation starts off with an introduction to rolling element bearings, followed by a survey of high-level electric vehicle (EV) key trends and technology drivers. Two EV bearing application spaces will be discussed in detail, including wheel end bearings and electric axle bearings. Tribological challenges and recommended solutions in each area will be offered, along with descriptions of key technology development capabilities needed to accelerate innovation such as high-speed bearing testing and advanced lubricant rheology experimental apparatus.

Dr. Ryan Evans holds a bachelor’s of science degree from The University of Akron and master’s of science and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, respectively. Evans joined the STLE Board of Directors in 2015, and in 2019 he became a member of the Executive Committee, serving one-year terms as treasurer and secretary. Currently, he is serving a one-year term as STLE Vice President and has been recognized with several STLE publishing awards. In addition to STLE, he is a member of ASM International and ASME.

Conference Highlights:
  • Expert-led presentations from leading companies and organizations with an interest in e-mobility
  • Panel discussions on state-of-the-art developments in EV technology and lubrication
  • Continuing education course introducing EV technology 
  • Networking opportunities
  • Optional tour of the SwRI facility

Sponsorship Opportunities: To learn how your company can garner visibility and demonstrate support of this event, contact Tracy Nicholas VanEe at or (630) 922-3459.

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Registration & Course Fees

Education Course Program

Introduction to Electric Vehicles
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
8:30 am – 5:00 pm US Central Time (CT)

Expert speakers from OEMs, Tier-one suppliers, additive and lubricant companies will discuss the state-of-the-art developments in EV technology and lubrication. Topics will cover different EV platforms including battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and hybrid technologies. Course modules include hardware design, lubricant requirements for EVs, EV thermal management (e-motor/drive unit and batteries), heat transfer fluids in EVs, and testing methods. Click here to view Education Course Program Agenda(Separate registration fee)

Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk Hotel

STLE has reserved a room block for guests attending the Tribology and Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference, November 3-5 at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. 

Transportation - A SwRI shuttle bus has been arranged to pick up in-person attendees from the hotel and return them at the end of the day. 

Important Notice
SwRI COVID-19 Guidelines:  Currently, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated* and should refrain from entering SwRI if they are sick or self-monitoring for COVID-19 related symptoms.   COVID-19 guidelines pertaining to the conference may change before the meeting dates. STLE will provide regular updates prior to the event. To ensure the health and safety of all conference attendees,  the maximum capacity of in-person spaces for the conference at SwRI is 100 participants. For more information, click here to read STLE’s Health and Safety Plan.

*Fully Vaccinated = 2 weeks following your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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