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Recharging the European Electric Vehicle Market: Meeting Infrastructure and Standardisation Challenges

Key Speakers

Mr. Helmut Morsi, Deputy Head of Unit, Trans-European Transport Network Policy, European Commission
Mr. Nick Ford, Senior Automotive Consultant, Frost and Sullivan
Mr. Frédéric Sgarbi, Head of Sector, Advanced Road Vehicles, European Commission
Mr. Petr Dolejsi, Director Mobility and Sustainable Transport, European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association
Mr. Ingo Diefenbach, Head of E-Mobility Standardisation, RWE
Mr. Johan Peeters, VP Sales and Marketing, ABB
Mr. Claude Ricaud, Chairman of the Orgalime e-vehicles Task Force

With strong public support and an encouraging prevailing wind from within the EU, Europe stands on the brink of a revolution in motoring. The Commission has put electric vehicles at the heart of its commitment to the long-term goal of reducing carbon emissions by 60 per cent within the transport sector by 2050. Vice-President Siim Kallas has called for a 50 per cent reduction in the use of conventional cars – petrol and diesel – by 2030, and for a complete phase-out of such vehicles by 2050.

Yet, at present, significant obstacles remain in the way of a fully functioning electric vehicle market in Europe. First among them is the need for a truly European-wide infrastructure, ensuring that European citizens will be able to use their vehicles consistently throughout the continent. Similarly, the standardisation of the power network and re-charge systems remains high on the policy agenda. The ultimate goal is to create worldwide standards to avoid market fragmentation and to reduce overall costs, thus, stimulating the European car industry to prosper globally.

This special international symposium seeks to move the current electric vehicle debate forward and guide participants through the challenges that lie ahead in the development of a standardised European electric vehicle market. The symposium will also consider the implications for city planners of an expanded market-share for electric vehicles, as well as ongoing research and development advances, EU subsidies and improvements to supply from the power grid.

Public Policy Exchange welcomes the participation of all automotive industry partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate, providing input and recommendations to the decision makers at EU level.

Programme

09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:00 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction

Mr. Nick Ford, Senior Automotive Consultant, Frost and Sullivan (confirmed)
10:10 Panel Session One:
Electric Vehicles and the Future of the European Car Market – Thinking One Step Ahead
  • Emerging Technologies in Electric Vehicles – Trends, Challenges and Future Perspectives
  • Investing in the Future – EU Subsidies and Automotive Research and Development in Europe
  • How to Create a Level Playing Field for Electric Vehicles in Europe – Battery Leasing and Other Initiatives
Speaker:
Mr. Helmut Morsi, Deputy Head of Unit, Trans-European Transport Network Policy, European Commission (confirmed)
Mr. Nick Ford, Senior Automotive Consultant, Frost and Sullivan (confirmed)
11:00 Morning Refreshments
11:20 Open Floor Discussion & Debate with Panel One
12:10 Networking Lunch
13:10 Panel Session Two:
Creating a Viable and Effective EU Charging Infrastructure for EVs


  • Removing the Barriers – Creating a Comprehensive Charging Infrastructure to Boost Market Share
  • Effective City Planning – Electric Vehicles as Integral Part of Sustainable Urban Development
  • Improving the Grid – Best Practices for Electricity Optimisation
  • Recommendations for Future Policy Actions
Speakers:
Mr. Frédéric Sgarbi, Head of Sector, Advanced Road Vehicles, European Commission (confirmed)
Mr. Claude Ricaud, Chairman of the Orgalime e-vehicles Task Force (confirmed)
Mr. Ingo Diefenbach, Head of E-Mobility Standardisation, RWE (confirmed)
14:00 Open Floor Discussion & Debate with Panel Two
14:40 Coffee Break
14:55 Panel Session Three:
EU Standardisation of Electric Vehicles


  • Creating a Level Playing Field for Electric Vehicles in Europe – Current Challenges and Initiatives
  • Telecommunication Industry and Charger Standardisation
  • Some Good Practices
  • Recommendations
Speakers:
Mr. Petr Dolejsi, Director Mobility and Sustainable Transport, European Automobile Manufacturer’ Association (ACEA) (confirmed)
Mr. Johan Peeters, VP Sales and Marketing, ABB (confirmed)
15:45 Open Floor Discussion & Debate with Panel Three
16:25 Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments
16:30 Networking Drinks Reception
17:00 Symposium Close

Who Should Attend?

  • OEMs
  • Automotive Programme Managers
  • Automotive Manufacturers
  • Applications Development Engineers
  • Automotive Trade Sector Advisers
  • Economists
  • Head of Automotive Market Developments
  • Automotive Industry Liaison Officers
  • Regional Automotive Directors
  • Electric Vehicles Managers
  • Automotive Research Institutes
  • Electric Vehicle Private Companies
  • Electric Engineers
  • Automotive Researchers
  • Strategy & Business Development Directors
  • Technical Information Officers
  • Technical Programme Managers
  • OEM Programme Managers
  • Account Managers
  • Applications Development Engineers
  • Automotive Trade Sector Advisors
  • Customer Directors
  • Director of Overseas Developments
  • Doctoral Researchers
  • Head of Automotive Market Developments
  • Industry Liaison Officers
  • Regional Directors
  • Senior Managers
  • Senior Researchers
  • Strategy & Business Development Directors
  • Technical Information Officer
  • Technical Programme Managers
  • Technical Sales Managers
6th October 2011
Silken Hotel, Brussels

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“ Transport is currently 96% dependent on oil for its energy needs. This is totally unsustainable. The Transport 2050 Roadmap aims to break transport's current oil dependency and allow mobility to grow. We can and we must do both. It can be win-win. But there are major challenges. Transport 2050 calls for a reduction of CO² from transport of at least 60% by 2050. At the heart of this strategy is a major shift in cities to the electric vehicles away from cars with conventionally fuelled engines. The level of EU financial support for this e-motion project shows just how serious we are at EU level about achieving these goals ”
Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President Responsible for Transport, April 2011
“ Transport 2050 is a roadmap for a competitive transport sector that increases mobility and cuts emissions. We can and we must do both. The widely held belief that you need to cut mobility to fight climate change is simply not true. Competitive transport systems are vital for Europe's ability to compete in the world, for economic growth, job creation and for peoples' everyday quality of life. Curbing mobility is not an option; neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system's dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win–win. ”
Vice-President Siim Kallas, Responsible for Transport, March 2011
“ Vehicles with electric propulsion are considered as an attractive option on the pathway towards low-emission vehicles that could enable the transport sector to reduce sectoral emissions by a significant degree. Therefore, during the last years electric vehicles gained increased interest in national and European policies and public awareness raised significantly. ”
Challenges for a European Market for Electric Vehicles, DG ITRE, European Parliament, June 2010