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
Filippo Gaddo
Carsten Astheimer
Ian Plummer
Philippe Vangeel
Jo Dally
Greg Payne
Rubina Singh
André ten Bloemendal
Pieter Waller
Robin Hughes
Paul Ayres
Tom Lusher
Dr Richard Riley
Tim Anderson
Liam Lidstone
Yunus Ozler
Thomas Hurst
 Dr. Shivkumar Kalyanaraman
Sam Clarke
Sara Sloman
Jerry Stokes
John Hewitt
Stephen Irish
Jacqui Murray
Natasha Patel
Stephanie Schenk
Laura Rainey
Robert Labinski
Daniel Saunders
Llewelyn Morgan
Guillaume de Forton
Johanna Heckmann
Edward Sargent
Kevin Leary
Adrian Del Maestro
Kiran Devlukia
Malcolm Earp
Louis Debatte-Monroy
Greg Archer
James Everley
James Carter
Dr Colin Herron

 Conference Chairs

Malcolm Earp, Chief Commercial Officer, The Ultimate Battery Company

Malcolm has an extensive international background in automotive specialising in ownership and distribution. From a motor group background, and European responsibility with an OEM Malcolm has spent most of his career advising OEMs on 5 Continents and managing consulting businesses there.

A committed ‘futurist’ Malcolm was a member of the team which launched the world’s 1st real time electronic auction in 1993. Since then he’s been involved in several new technology solutions including the first automotive website in 1997, and the UK’s first automotive digital retailing channel.

Currently he’s leading the international development of the fastest customer engagement service in the world, the leading automotive on-line financing platform, and launching a breakthrough energy storage technology business which has the potential to reduce the cost of EVs below that of ICE vehicles.

Malcolm believes we are at the start of the next ‘industrial revolution’ and is excited to be part of TaaS which he regards as key to defining the future of mobility.

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

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Edward Ataii
Daniel Saunders
Octopus Investments
Filippo Gaddo
Adrian Del Maestro
PwC Strategy&

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
Thomas Hurst
Fastned UK
Llewelyn Morgan
Oxfordshire County Council
Sara Sloman
Go Ultra Low West
Chris Cox

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
Daan Nap
Rubina Singh
Kiran Devlukia
Tata Technologies

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
Edward Sargent
Pivot Power


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

Jo Dally - 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. 

Progress on EV adoption – solutions update: Range anxiety

André ten Bloemendal - ChargePoint Inc

Awaiting abstract.

Improving the Charge and Drive Ecosystem - a human centered perspective

Pieter Waller - Chargetrip

The charge- and drive ecosystem is broken. It’s hard for private and commercial drivers to use EVs over longer distances, across borders, or commercially with high intensity.

As an e-mobility industry we need to fix he resulting adoption barriers if we want to accelerate mass EV adoption. There isn't a silver bullet. A range of solutions need to be used, across industry silos, to make driving electric effortless, affordable, and fun for everyone.

It is time for the E-mobility industry to become user centric and align with the needs and behaviours of ordinary people and businesses.

Enabling EV affordability with innovative engineering and financing. Essential to achieving “Cleaner Air For a Healthier Future”

Robin Hughes - Clean Vehicles Solutions Asia

The Philippines government decision to replace more than 4,000,000 old polluting Public Transport vehicles (PUV) is commendable. In the longer term non-fossil fuel PUV are the sustainable solution –Battery Electric Vehicles – BEV.

The challenge is to provide a financial mechanism that allows for marginalised borrowers to afford their vehicles, structure the PUV fleet management policy that enables all who wish to participate, provide a refuelling infrastructure (battery charging) that guarantees an operational range without STOPPING to charge.

Affordability is achieved through the use of innovative and institutionally acceptable repayment plans.

Where the grid supply is erratic (even in the cities) electricity must be available for the EV to refuel and operate. An EV charging solution that does not overload the available capacity and cause a "brownout", nor result in the vehicle to be a victim of one, requires a proven, reliable and affordable solutions.

Technological advancement now enables the required commercial (earning) range to be guaranteed for the entire operational period

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.

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 - Ernst & Young LLP

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 an Open, Pan-European Network of high-powered Electric Vehicle Filling Stations

Thomas Hurst - Fastned UK

This presentation will introduce the Fastned high-power charging station concept and explore the lessons learned over Fastned’s 7+ years of infrastructure experience. Growing and operating a network of over 100 high-power charging hubs for electric vehicles from scratch in The Netherlands, Germany, and the United Kingdom; what’s next for faster charging? Where are the opportunities? What are the barriers?

Scalable EV Charging Infrastructure for TaaS: Think Outside the “Gas Station” Box

Dr. Shivkumar Kalyanaraman - GE

This talk will outline the challenges in EV charging scalability for TaaS and fleet EV charging applications, from multiple perspectives: economic (capex, opex), flexibility, electrical & space constraints, zero-emissions charging and smart grid services. We challenge the “gas station” model of a few dedicated chargers, and make a case for “systems” thinking in EV charging -- we need more numbers of EV chargers, platform based flexibility in electrical/mechanical and software-defined control to handle constraints and opportunities dynamically. We also describe the upside for TaaS fleets and paint possible scenarios that could be enabled.


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.

TaaS Unlocked: Electric Forecourts® A UK Network of Convenient, Dependable and Reliable Ultra-fast Charging

Jerry Stokes - Gridserve

To meet the needs of the rapidly growing numbers of EV drivers whether car owners, those using TaaS or those with a subscription model convenient, reliable and economic charging infrastructure is essential.

GRIDSERVE are building a UK-wide network of Electric Forecourts® which will meet this need through enabling ultra-rapid sub-30 minute charging of multiple EV’s simultaneously all located adjacent to major road networks.

The presentation will share details of this exciting development.

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

Jacqui Murray - Innovate UK

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

We all know the benefits of adopting EVs within our businesses, but complexity in deployment, significant initial capex requirements and speed of change of the technology has made businesses conservative in their progress into this space. This has lead to a confusing and sprawling market place, filled with an illusion of choice, dominated by monopolies in charging infrastructure in the UK. By focusing on an integrated approach to the deployment of EV tech, the presentation will highlight the hidden value of EVs, How to leverage energy markets to our advantage and improve driver experience both at home and on the road.

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. 

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.

Big batteries (stationary) unlocking small batteries (EVs)

Edward Sargent - Pivot Power

Awaiting abstract.


Malcolm Earp - The Ultimate Battery Company

Ultimate Battery has taken bipolar compact battery architecture and repurposed it for the 21st Century.
After extensive development we’ve perfected a conductive polymer plate which provides double energy density enabling us to mass produce lighter smaller, more powerful batteries in any chemistry.
In proof of concept prototypes, we’ve been able to pitch lead against lithium weight for weight at battery pack level, and at less than 50% of the cost.
For the first time we have a much less expensive alternative to the Lithium ion EV battery reducing not only the cost but also enabling the battery to be built to any shape to fit the vehicle design.

Introducing residential street light charging to the UK - The journey so far

James Everley - 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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