Plugging the Sustainablity Gap - EV Symposium 2013

EV symposium, Brussels, Boosting the Sustainabiity Gap October 2013


Boosting the European Electric Vehicle Market


Key Speakers


Petr Dolejsi, Director Mobility and Sustainable Transport, European Automobile Manufacturer’ Association (ACEA)


Nick Ford, Senior Automotive Consultant, Frost and Sullivan



The European Commission has put electric vehicles at the heart of its commitment to the long-term goal of reducing carbon emissions by 60% within the transport sector by 2050.


Electric and alternative fuel vehicles have emerged as one of the key players in the quest to diversify road transport energy sources and thus potentially help the European Union achieve its CO2 emissions reduction targets. Accounting for more than 12m jobs in the EU, the automotive industry is vital to the economy and, as such, developing innovative and alternative fuels will not only maintain competitiveness and create high-skilled employment opportunities, but also make the European economy more resource efficient.


The electric and alternative vehicle sector has grown steadily over the past few years and the benefits of a thriving market are potentially significant, especially if considered alongside other technical developments such as intelligent transport systems and smart grids. However, severe barriers to a wider adoption remain in place due to the limited range of models available, high costs and long recharge time, safety of vehicles, consumers’ negative perceptions and lack of significant price incentives. Nevertheless, several important developments have taken place, which it is hoped will raise awareness and boost the fledgling EV and alternative fuel market in Europe.


New investments are being made in research and development, and institutions are also paying renewed attention to the barriers which prevent a full-scale advancement of a European-wide market for electric and alternative vehicles, stimulating the establishment of a continent-wide action plan. Emphasising the need for cooperation between public and private sectors in order to guarantee the essential infrastructure is in place, a partnership of electro-mobility regions has been established to support the common development of electro-mobility across Europe.


This international symposium seeks to move the current EV debate forward and examine the existing market entry barriers for alternative vehicles. The symposium will explore the need for flexible partnerships between diverse industries such as telecommunication, energy providers, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to ensure improvements in both consumer acceptance and perceptions.



Delegates will:


  • Understand the future challenges and prospects for electric and alternative fuel vehicles

  • Explore the difficulties of implementation in terms of safety and standardisation

  • Discuss new uses and innovative directions for electric and alternative fuel vehicles

  • Consider the potential collaboration between governments, cities, OEMs and utilities providers





09:30 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:00 Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks

The Future of Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles in the EU

  • Assessing Opportunities and Developments for the Sector
  • Current EU Strategies and Actions
  • Providing Financial Incentives
  • Future Recommendations
10:40 First Round of Discussions
11:10 Morning Coffee Break
11:30 Analysing the Electric Vehicle Market: Current Trends and Developments
  • The Market Uptake of Electric Vehicles
  • The Impact of R&D and Infrastructure Investment
  • E-mobility Trends and Approaches
  • Recommendations for Future Policy Actions
12:00 Second Round of Discussions
12:30 Networking Lunch

Safety and Standardisation Challenges for Sustainable Transport 

  • Analysing the Implications of Common Standards
  • Towards Regulation for Hazardous Component Labelling
  • Policy Recommendations
14:00 Third Round of Discussions
14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break
14:50 Promoting Innovation and the Extension of the Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles Sector
  • Exploring the Use of Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles in the Logistics Sector
  • Developing Integrated Sustainable Strategies for Cities
  • Examples of Current Initiatives
  • Recommendations for Future Action
15:20 Fourth Round of Discussions
15:50 Chair's Summary and Closing Remarks
16:00 Networking Reception and Refreshments
16:30 Symposium Close



Who Should Attend?

  • OEMs

  • Consumer Organisations

  • Utilities Providers

  • EV Business Development Organisations

  • 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 and 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 and Business Development Directors

  • Technical Information Officer

  • Technical Programme Managers

  • Technical Sales Managers





Tuesday 29th October 2013
10:00am — 4:30pm


NH Hotel Grand Sablon, Brussels

Rue Bodenbroek 2/4. B-1000 Brussels 

Tel: +32 2 518 11 00 





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