Two days, over 30 inspiring presentations

The TaaS Technology team are currently shortlisting the speakers to invite for the 2019 conference. To view the 2018 event details, click here.

The presentations will be based around our key topics which collectively provide complete coverage of the EVs, Battery/Energy and Infrastructure industries. If you are interested in speaking, please contact or call +44 (0)24 76718970

Speakers Include

Daan Nap
Carsten Astheimer
Ian Plummer
Philippe Vangeel
Roy Williamson
Greg Payne
Rubina Singh
André ten Bloemendal
Paul Ayres
Tom Lusher
Bob Moran
Michael Potter
Dr Richard Riley
Tim Anderson
Liam Lidstone
Yunus Ozler
Thomas Hurst
Peter Dow
Sam Clarke
Sara Sloman
Anders Wall
John Hewitt
Stephen Irish
Vincent Ledoux Pedailles
Jacqui Murray
Alex Collet
Natasha Patel
Stephanie Schenk
Laura Rainey
Robert Labinski
Daniel Saunders
Llewelyn Morgan
Guillaume de Forton
Johanna Heckmann
Kevin Leary
Hallie Liao
Louis Debatte-Monroy
Greg Archer
George Ye
Knut Hechtfischer
James Carter
Dr Colin Herron

Panel: Infrastructure and EV investment models to drive forward future mobility

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Edward Ataii
Daniel Saunders
Octopus Investments

Additional panel speakers to be confirmed.

Panel: Putting EV charging infrastructure at the centre of local authorities clean air strategies

• LEZs focus on vehicle access regulations for Euro 6 diesel and Euro 4 petrol vehicles, but a focus on charging infrastructure suggests local authorities should encourage fleets to focus on going beyond compliance. How can we encourage fleets to electrify and not simply purchase compliant petrol and diesel vehicles?

• In order to ensure quality infrastructure, we don’t just need more infrastructure, we need the right infrastructure in the right locations. How do we ensure this?

• There is currently a lack of suitable LCVs and HGVs to allow fleets to electrify so what are realistic timescales for fleets?

Tim Anderson
Energy Saving Trust
Llewelyn Morgan
Oxfordshire County Council
Sara Sloman
Go Ultra Low West
Chris Cox

Additional panel speakers to be confirmed.

Panel: The next steps in electrifying TaaS, including buses, taxis and trucks

The driving forces for commercial vehicle electrification include vehicle technology improvements (and subsequent cost declines), the changing policy landscape around emissions reductions and commitments by vehicle manufacturers. What are the next steps in electrifying TaaS?

James Carter
Vision Mobility
Kevin Leary
Peter Dow
Hallie Liao
Shenzhen Bus Group
Daan Nap
Rubina Singh

Additional panel speakers to be confirmed.

Panel: There is no need to be anxious about range! Driving forward consumer EV uptake as we accelerate to TaaS

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Ian Plummer
Auto Trader
Louis Debatte-Monroy
Philippe Vangeel
Liam Lidstone
Energy Systems Catapult

Additional panel speakers to be confirmed.

Panel: China’s role in accelerating the global CAVs and EV market

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Hallie Liao
Shenzhen Bus Group
George Ye

Additional panel speakers to be confirmed.


The challenges and opportunities of autonomous electric vehicles - a designers perspective

Carsten Astheimer - Astheimer Design

Autonomous Vehicles will change the transport industry and the way we travel. There will be independent commercial vehicle routes, vehicles that latch onto one another on the inter city routes and peel off individually to get to their final destination. AV’s will reduce congestion and parking difficulties, emissions, stress, will improve safety and will increase travel opportunities, services and experiences.

The consumer’s journey down electric avenue

Ian Plummer - Auto Trader

Using data from the UK’s largest new and used car marketplace; this session analyses current EV uptake in the UK to assess the current state of the EV market. The session will also dissect consumer’s anxiety around EVs e.g. range anxiety, upfront costs to enable the industry and government to implement strategies to better allay consumer apprehension and, in turn, increasing demand and expediting the development and deployment of EVs.

The demand for electrical vehicles is growing. Which barriers are left?

Philippe Vangeel - AVERE

“As electromobility becomes more and more part of our daily lives, there are questions if the right infrastructure is in place to support the technology. Philippe Vangeel, Secretary General of AVERE, will discuss, explaining how concerns about the range of e-vehicles are soon to be an issue of the past. He will illustrate how new technologies and more widespread improved and charging infrastructures make electric cars ideal for both long and short journeys”.

Ultra-fast charging facilitating uptake of Electric Vehicles

Roy Williamson - BP

50% of UK drivers do not currently have access to home charging. Vehicle utilisation rates to increase with new mobility solutions, many electric. In order to support the adoption of EVs we will need to provide a network of convenient and safe ultra-fast charging that allows drivers to charge quickly - ideally in 10 minutes or so. We believe that a network of ultra-fast charging points on forecourts and new hubs will provide the most cost-effective solution for the economy. The grid will require additional investment to support ultra-fast charging which could reduce grid infrastructure burden (compared to upgrading power to every home). Making ultra-fast charging a reality will require strong and committed partnerships among industry, regulators, researchers and governments.

What can V2G do for you?

Greg Payne - Cenex

There has been a lot of speculation about the nascent technology of V2G (Vehicle to Grid). Is it like having a power station at home? Will it make me money? Is it right for everybody? In this talk I’ll be looking to answer some of these questions with some evidence-based analysis of key revenue streams and customer archetypes for V2G. V2G isn’t a silver bullet, but there will likely emerge locations and applications when it makes sense. 

Presentation title TBC - ChargePoint

André ten Bloemendal - ChargePoint Inc

Awaiting abstract.

The End of the ICE Age: Dawn of the Data Age

Paul Ayres - Connected Kerb

The entire transport and mobility eco-system will face a profound shift over the coming 20 years, as vehicles transition from fossil fuels to electric drive chains. Understand why data will be the dominant currency in defining and driving new business models that will enable e-mobility in the future. 

An overview of solutions to range anxiety by key players in the EV space

Tom Lusher - Cornwall Insight

Cornwall Insight market intelligence and research from Charged Up: Future Fleet draws on real world data to show how automakers, oil majors, distribution network operators and charge point operators are working to address range anxiety in the electric vehicle market. The presentation also gives insight on the direction and pace of travel to reduce range anxiety as well as how the associated issue of experience anxiety is being tackled.

Powering our future mobility

Bob Moran - Department for Transport (DfT)

Awaiting abstract.

Presentation Title TBC - DriveElectric

Michael Potter - DriveElectric

Awaiting abstract.

Impacts and opportunities from batteries – from the car to 2nd life to recycling

Celine Cluzel - Element Energy

With increased EV uptake, there is growing concern about the fate of end-of-life batteries, from both an economic and environmental perspective. As such, research into recycling and assessment of techniques used to determine their second life potential is ongoing. The re-use of car batteries is an integral contribution to the circular economy for low-carbon mobility, simultaneously extending the battery value chain and minimising waste. However, EVs also have an impact on the environmental performance of the electricity system, if they help to maximise the use of renewable generation.
This presentation will summarise key learnings and real-world implications from recent projects that assessed complementary aspects of batteries life, answering the following questions:
-    How long will batteries last in a car and will managed charging affect this?
-    Can EVs help the integration of renewable generation?
-    Are consumers likely to engage in smart charging? [results from randomised controlled trial]
-    What are the current recycling options in Europe? Is there enough capacity? What are the costs of repurposing batteries and competitiveness to new batteries?
This presentation will draw on several studies conducted recently by Element Energy, notably the ‘Battery on wheels’ report that was launched in Brussels in June 2019, and the ETI CVEI project.

Mobility trends in Europe – opportunities for new products & services

Dr Richard Riley - Element Energy

Electrification is only one trend that will affect car manufacturers in the medium term. For example, demographic changes such as population growth, ageing and urbanisation could profoundly impact the demand for private cars in the future, by increasing the number of people unable or unwilling to choose conventional ownership. The efforts of major cities to improve quality of life for their citizens, by improving air quality and reduce noise, is likely to provide a strong stimulus for new mobility models such as car clubs. These trends are likely to be accelerated by advances in vehicle automation, as electric autonomous vehicles are likely to offer low cost, highly convenient alternatives to car ownership and even to conventional public transport. Finally, beyond the transport sector, the wider energy system is undergoing rapid change, with a shift from large centralised generation to renewable (but intermittent) generation, which presents new challenges for meeting peak energy demands and managing the network. This in turn creates opportunities for new technologies, such as grid scale batteries or electric vehicles, to support the management of a more volatile energy supply and secure revenues for their owners by doing so. The presentation will speak about the opportunities for new products and services that will be created by the trends above. 

Customer-centric mobility and routes to get there

Liam Lidstone - Energy Systems Catapult

The transition to ULEVs and new forms of mobility raises a variety of interesting questions. In seeking to answer each, it is important to bear in mind the underlying goals we are pursuing. Foremost amongst those are meeting customer’s mobility needs and, preferably going beyond this, to delight them with improved utility, lower costs and lower environmental impacts.

This requires both anticipating and exploring with customers what works for them and responding to how they find new ways to use the innovative technologies that emerge. All whilst undertaking the not insignificant tasks of building the technologies themselves; the systems and data flows that integrate and facilitate them; and the market, policy and regulatory frameworks that enable these to propagate. Whilst potentially daunting these are achievable endeavours and necessary to ensure the underlying goals can be delivered in a way that costs and environmental impacts are reduced.

Is multi-industry convergence the fastest way to achieve the electric vehicle (EV) rollout?

Yunus Ozler - EY

The mass takeup of EVs has been long anticipated – and with technological advances and policy support, it appears that the tipping point is approaching. However, the pace at which enabling infrastructure is rolled out remains the critical factor, and with no clear party leading the rollout, and no single party or sector willing to pay the costs upfront, more can be done to accelerate. If businesses and other stakeholders diversify to find new, multiple propositions within the value chain, the ensuing convergence of interests will give the rollout the critical impetus it needs.

Fastned: Building a Pan-European Network of high-powered EV charging stations – challenges, lessons learned, and what’s nexn

Thomas Hurst - Fastned UK

Awaiting abstract.

Applying TaaS services, electric vehicles and multi-modal in the urban delivery environment

Sam Clarke - Gnewt

The urban landscape is an ever-evolving organism that constantly finds itself challenged with increased demand for the same kerbside space. Cycle highways and pedestrianisation, whilst vital, also add to the pressures on our city’s streets in the backdrop of an e-commerce boom and higher and higher delivery expectations for lower and lower cost. This presentation looks at the real world implication of this evolution and TaaS solutions that have proven in part to release some of the pressure.

Modern Urban Mobility

Anders Wall - GreenMobility A/S

We cluster, we shrink, we care, and we share. Global population is growing, the globe is heating. However, there is hope. IoT enables people to connect seamlessly and share multiple services and goods. Urban life reduces the need and value of “the one man, one car” concept. Eventually city life will decrease cars per capita and reduce the drag on Planet Earth resources.
The sharing of cars and rides will ease commuting and the day to day transportation for city dwellers; a true prerequisite for wealth and health creation.

K:Port and the EV Challenge

John Hewitt - Hewitt Studios LLP

EVs are now penetrating a much wider market, leading to increased charging demand. Advances in charging technology mean that most new EVs can be DC fast-charged in 30-45 minutes (instead of 7-10 hours previously). This opens up the possibility of breaking a journey to charge, whilst you conduct business, eat, drink, socialise, relax, meet or shop for an hour or so. It also makes it possible for flat or city dwellers, without access to private parking, to own an EV and be able to charge it conveniently.

John will describe how his team has developed K: port as a response to this emerging challenge, working in close collaboration with OLEV, InnovateUK and key industry partners.

Modular Battery Systems for On- and Off-Highway Vehicles

Stephen Irish - Hyperdrive Innovation Limited

•    Taking Nissan LEAF cell technology into new markets and applications.
•    Dealing with conflicting requirements across on- and off-highway vehicle and machine types using a modular battery pack approach.
•    Minimising development costs and reducing time to market, especially for OEMS without in-house electrification expertise.
•    Analysis of modular cooling systems to extend cell operating range and lifecycle both in high and low ambient conditions (thermal management)
•    Creating a new product through design, development and prototype

The Importance of Lithium for the Development of Electric Cars

Vincent Ledoux Pedailles - Infinity Lithium

There is a fantastic momentum around the development of Electric Vehicles across the world and Europe is investing billions of Euros to transform its auto industry and become a leader in electrified mobility. The continent is also starting to welcome large investments for lithium-ion battery factories but further upstream, in lithium mining and refining, Europe is lagging behind. Infinity Lithium and its San Jose project in Extremadura, Spain, represents a strategic investment supporting the development of a more integrated and regionalised lithium-ion battery and auto industry.

The Faraday Battery Challenge – how the UK can benefit from Government and Industry investing and working together

Jacqui Murray - Innovate UK

Awaiting abstract.

Software first approach for energy storage & management

Alex Collet - ION Energy

Awaiting abstract.

The growth of electric, autonomous and connected fleets

Natasha Patel - KPMG

Awaiting abstract.

The xEV Revolution – Powertrain Scenarios of The Future

Stephanie Schenk - McKinsey & Company

Electrification is the most prominent of the four "ACES" trends that will revolutionize mobility. Driven by regulation, technology and consumer demand, EV sales have kept surging throughout 2018. Though, the development is still very uneven - while sales are already approaching near-mass market status in some places, EVs are barely present in others. Motivated by stringent CO2 and emission targets, the industry has moved from a wait-and-see mode to one focused on “doing”, with automakers accelerating their EV strategies. At the same time, customer familiarity and interest in EVs are increasing. This will drive EV uptake in the coming years, with global volumes becoming large enough to impact OEM profitability, disrupt existing value chains and challenge the supply chain. This presentation will share insights on McKinsey’s latest perspectives on market and industry dynamics with respect to vehicle electrification.  

Enabling a national ultra-rapid charging network: how and when?

Laura Rainey - National Grid

EVs create many new opportunities to refuel – at home, at work, at the cinema, the list goes on. But the need for quick, reliable and convenient refueling on long journeys along our motorways and major A-roads will remain.

What could a strategic national ultra rapid charging network could look like? What energy infrastructure is needed to enable it and by when? What do Industry and Policy Makers need to prioritise to unlock this opportunity and avoid risks of a delay to EV uptake? Join this session to find out.

The added value in addressing the EV challenge holistically - cars, charging and energy

Robert Labinski - Octopus Electric Vehicles

Awaiting abstract.

The innovative Lithium Sulfur Rechargeable Battery Technology: benefits for commercial EV and Aerospace.

Guillaume de Forton - Oxis Energy

OXIS develop the rechargeable Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) battery technology. Based near Oxford, we have a range of facilities including laboratories with research, production equipments and one of the largest dry rooms in Europe.
We currently manufacture pouch cells out of our facility in the UK and in the near future we will mass produce cells in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The major strength of the technology is the high specific energy density (450 Wh/kg demonstrated on R&D cells).
The technology has the potential to boost the range and payload of electric vehicles and improve the overall safety of the battery packs.

Charging infrastructure: Needs-oriented and Economically Feasible – Best Practices and Challenges

Johanna Heckmann - P3 group

Charging infrastructure is an essential element of the electric mobility eco system. The development of the infrastructure network in Europe gained speed with new players entering the market and new technologies, such as 350 kW high power charging, are disseminated. But what does that mean regarding customers’ needs and the economic feasibility of charging infrastructure? P3 gives an overview of the most  relevant customer requirements, future scenarios and the business model of charging infrastructure along different use cases. On the one hand, this illustrates future business potentials and on the other hand this enables stakeholders to select proper strategies to tackle the charging market.

Prototyping and Industrialisation of Solid State Battery Technology for Performance BEV and Electric Aircraft Propulsion System Applications

Max Wojtynia - P3 group

The technology maturity and feasibility of mass production of solid state battery technology is one of the greatest mid-term challenges for electric propulsion systems, both on land and in the air. Using a new process for rapid prototyping of battery cells, P3 is currently investigating the technology potentials of solid state battery technology for battery electric performance vehicles as well as electric aircraft propulsion systems. After prototyping has lead to the desired battery cell design, the industrialisation and production ramp-up are the next milestones before reaching series production. Together with strong partners, P3 has developed the skills to assess the feasibility of such next-generation battery production. Lastly, the application of mass produced next-generation battery technology for high-performance powertrain systems will be considered.

Robotics-enabled Conductive Extreme Fast Charging for Multi-chemistry Battery Electric Vehicles and AEVs

Kevin Leary - PowerHydrant

PowerHydrant charges AEVs autonomously - but there is more. PowerHydrant also enables efficient extreme fast charging (XFC) and improves fleet charging operational effectiveness by removing human factors and constraints from any EV and AEV charging scenario. Utilizing advanced 3D sensing and Augmented Reality techniques and enabled by commoditized smartphone components, PowerHydrant is a low-cost and robust solution with extremely low electrical source resistance between EVSE and target vehicle. PowerHydrant is effective from 3.3 kW to 1.6 MW and beyond. 

Shenzhen Bus Group - Presentation title TBC

Hallie Liao - Shenzhen Bus Group

Awaiting abstract.

Addressing range anxiety with location technology

Louis Debatte-Monroy - TomTom

The phenomena of “Range anxiety” has been found to be an obstacle to wide spread EV adoption. While the industry often focuses on battery capacity and charging infrastructure, TomTom has found out that it is also important to address these “psychological barriers”. TomTom is developing innovative and unique technologies to help reduce “range anxiety” and making this technology available to all developers - big or small - via free to try APIs and SDKs. The presentation will go over the main findings of the research conducted by TomTom; the innovative technologies being developed; and how they support drivers of electric vehicles, lifting the ‘psychological’ barriers to wide-scale adoption.

The regulatory drive for electric cars

Greg Archer - Transport and Environment Group

EU car CO2 regulation for carmakers to achieve an average 95g/km in 2020/1 is imminent and companies face a huge challenge to meet their targets and avoid massive fines. Emissions are currently around 119g/km and rising as a result of the growth in SUVs, ever increasing power and the collapse in diesel sales. To close the emissions gap carmakers are rolling out new, more competitively priced, electric and plug-in hybrid models and actively marketing these. The presentation examines the strategies carmakers are adopting and meet their goals; the level of electric car sales needed to avoid fines; and the possible impacts of Brexit. It will also consider how subsequent targets for 2025 and 2030 will continue to shape the auto industry and how quickly the market will need to shift fully to zero emissions to ultimately achieve the Paris climate goals. Policies needed to underpin the transformation are also outlined.

ubitricity: residential on-street charging

Knut Hechtfischer - ubitricity

ubitricity will provide an overview of their EV charging technology and the journey to date, from initial prototype to regulatory approval to large scale deployment with Siemens and future applications for Smart Cities.

Are we in an EV bubble or is it for real?

Dr Colin Herron - Zero Carbon Futures

We are entering a period of great change with regard to mobility, which will affect the public either as individuals or through public bodies. This will manifest as behavioural change and the use of public money through mainly infrastructure changes or grants. The general questions to be answered are: what, when, how and how much will it cost and what does it mean for me? These are very reasonable questions, however the available information is plentiful but often presented in coded, ambitious or ambiguous terms.
The words; ‘could’, ‘should’ and ‘planned’ do not mean anything will actually happen, as demonstrated by numerous missed targets over the last 5 years. Statements by lobby groups together with political aspirations, press misinformation and clouded messages from the vehicle makers I suggest are quite simply confusing the public and public bodies at all levels.
As a consequence; I am posing the question; ‘Is there a social duty to clarify what is likely to happen and by when’ also what will be the actual impact of any short term activity.

 Program Advisory Board

Bob Moran
Department for Transport (DfT)

Celine Cluzel
Element Energy

Colin Herron
Zero Carbon Futures

James Carter
Vision Mobility

Lash Sarana
Electric Zoo

Malcolm Earp
The Ultimate Battery Company

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