The UK Charging Infrastructure Symposium - Conference Programme

4-5 November 2024, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire

08:45 - 09:25


Room: Conference Room 1

09:25 - 09:30

Opening remarks from the chair

Room: Conference Room 1

09:30 - 10:00 - Keynote

The role of government in facilitating the delivery of an EV charging network for mass transition to EV in the UK

Room: Conference Room 1

Nick Shaw, Deputy Director and Joint Head of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, Department for Transport

  • Overview of the current demand for EV charging; potential bottlenecks and issues to overcome.
  • Future government strategy and policy for investing in new charging technologies for mass EV transportation.
  • Government investment to meet the demands of transitioning vehicle fleets by 2030

10:00 - 10:30 - Panel Discussion

Councils in Action - innovative projects and initiatives that local authorities are spearheading with Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) funds

Room: Conference Room 1

Bharat Pathania, Head of New Technologies, Midlands Connect

  • Exploring how councils are strategically utilising LEVI funds to shape the future of sustainable transportation within their communities.
  • Proactively addressing challenges and ensuring the smooth execution of infrastructure projects.
  • Insights from projects and pitfalls to avoid.

10:30 - 11:00

Morning break and exhibition

11:00 - 11:30

A data-driven charging infrastructure forecast and EV charging technology assessment for the decade ahead

Room: Conference Room 1

Graham Evans, Director - Supply Chain & Technology Group, S&P Mobility

  • Scaling up and projections for wide-spread EV adoption.
  • Overview of the charging technologies available now, and in the future.
  • Charging standards and the importance of interoperability.
  • How will grid integration adapt to increasing EV adoption?

11:30 - 12:15 - Panel Discussion

Planning, legislation and funding scaling up for mass rollout of EVs

Warwick Goodall, Partner - Transport, Clean and Smart Mobility, PA Consulting

  • Understanding the volumes of public charging infrastructure required and key policy and regulatory aspects.
  • Unlocking financing for EV infrastructure
  • Insights into consumer charging behaviour
  • Overview of existing and new charging technologies

12:15 - 13:30

Lunch and exhibition

13:30 - 13:50

Managing charging infrastructure

Room: Conference Room 1

  • Exploring different charging technologies and infrastructure options, including Level 2 chargers, DC fast chargers, and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems.
  • Assessing the charging needs of a fleet, including charging station placement, power requirements, and scalability.
  • Implementing smart charging solutions and software platforms to optimise charging schedules, reduce energy costs, and ensure efficient fleet operation

AI for regulation EV Charging behaviour

Room: Conference Room 2

  • Explore the role of AI in optimising EV charging behaviour.
  • Discuss how AI can help manage charging infrastructure efficiently.
  • Learn about the potential benefits of using AI for grid integration and demand response.

13:50 - 14:10

Optimising fleet operations

Room: Conference Room 1

  • Leveraging telematics and fleet management software to monitor and optimise EV performance and efficiency.
  • Implementing predictive maintenance strategies to minimise vehicle downtime and maximise fleet productivity.
  • Integrating EVs into existing fleet management systems, including routing, scheduling, and vehicle tracking.

Simulation modelling for determining charging station requirements

Room: Conference Room 2

  • Explore the role of AI in optimising EV charging behaviour.
  • Discuss how AI can help manage charging infrastructure efficiently.
  • Learn about the potential benefits of using AI for grid integration and demand response.

14:10 - 14:30

Fleet electrification case study

Room: Conference Room 1

Ken France, Head of Fleet & Depot Operations, Nottingham City Council

  • A roadmap to successful fleet electrification.
  • Highlighting the challenges faced during the transition to electric vehicles and the strategies implemented to overcome them.
  • Sharing key performance metrics, including cost savings, emissions reductions, and operational improvements achieved through fleet electrification.

Unlocking the potential of EV charging standards

Room: Conference Room 2

  • Discover the significance of EV charging standards in promoting interoperability and compatibility.
  • Overview of existing EV charging standards and protocols.
  • Role of stakeholders, policymakers, and regulatory bodies in promoting common charging standards.

14:30 - 15:00 - Panel Discussion

Panel discussion and joint Q&A

Room: Conference Room 1

14:30 - 15:00

Panel discussion and joint Q&A

Room: Conference Room 2

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon break and exhibition

15:30 - 16:15 - Panel Discussion

Long term outlook for the EV charging market

Room: Conference Room 1

Paul Gambrell, ZEV and Energy Integration, iHub Innovation Team, Oxfordshire County Council

  • Overview of the market expansion opportunities for EV charge operators, what are the innovative business models and technology advancements?
  • Analysis of OEMs' long-term strategies encompassing EV product portfolios, charging infrastructure integration, battery innovations, and partnerships for streamlined access.
  • Examination of local authorities' efforts in long-term charging infrastructure development, regulatory influence, sustainability initiatives, and examples highlighting successful initiatives.
  • What will the market look like 10 years from now?

16:15 - 17:30

Networking drinks and exhibition

08:45 - 09:30


Room: Conference Room 1

09:30 - 10:15 - Keynote

Preparing the grid for mass EV charging

Room: Conference Room 1

Russell Fowler, Senior Manager - Decarbonisation of Transport, National Grid

  • What will the energy system look like post-2035?
  • Where will the power come from? Planning for grid upgrades to include higher capacity transformers, grid expansion and reinforcement of distribution networks.
  • Energy sector perspective on the development of the UK’s charging infrastructures.

10:15 - 10:45

Bidirectional Charging: improving the stability and sustainability of the grid

Room: Conference Room 1

  • Enhancing grid flexibility by allowing EVs to act as mobile energy storage units, contributing to grid stability during peak demand or emergencies.
  • Exploring the latest advancements in bidirectional charging technologies.
  • Collaborating on standards required for grid integration and flexibility.

10:45 - 11:15

Break and exhibition

11:15 - 11:35

Future battery chemistries and innovations in EV charging

Room: Conference Room 1

  • Integrating new battery advancements into the EV charging infrastructure to enhance user experience.
  • Explore how the latest developments in battery technology impact on charging solutions, and on the environment.
  • Understand the significance of lithium-ion batteries in EVs and their continued dominance in the market.
  • Discover the potential of solid-state batteries in improving energy density, safety, and charging speed.

Scaling up and wireless charging

Room: Conference Room 2

  • Where will wireless charging add value?
  • What are the main barriers to broader acceptance of wireless charging?
  • How does wireless charging reinforce the advantages of other advanced automotive technologies?
  • When will OEMs start to roll out wireless or automated charging capabilities in new vehicles?

11:35 - 11:55

Battery swapping and its role in EV charging

Room: Conference Room 1

Shazan Siddiqi, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • An in-depth look at battery swapping as an emerging technology.
  • How battery swapping can address range anxiety and charging time concerns.
  • Case studies and potential integration into the UK's charging infrastructure.

Steps on the way to electric roads

Room: Conference Room 2

  • Calculating the reduction in CO2 of pursuing an electric roads policy.
  • How can electric roads impact heavy trucking and the hard-to-abate transport sector?
  • Developing a road plan for maximum efficiency.
  • Lessons from the pilot.

11:55 - 12:15

Advancements in battery technology for fast charging

Room: Conference Room 1

  • Discussing the latest developments in battery technology for fast charging.
  • Exploring high-power chargers and how battery technology enables them.
  • Impact on reducing charging time and improving convenience for EV users.

AI and Smart Charging: An assessment of AI-driven technologies and smart grid integration for optimising charging processes

Room: Conference Room 2

  • Using load balancing, predictive charging and grid optimisation to revolutionise the charging experience.
  • What will the future hold, from dynamic pricing to demand response and distributed energy resources such as solar panels and home batteries?
  • Enhancing the user experience through remote monitoring, scheduling, and real-time updates on charging status via mobile apps.

12:15 - 12:35 - Panel Discussion

Panel discussion and joint Q&A

Room: Conference Room 1

Panel discussion and joint Q&A (1)

Room: Conference Room 2

12:35 - 14:00

Lunch and exhibition

14:00 - 14:45 - Panel Discussion

Collaborating to create an improved payments experience to encourage wider EV adoption

Room: Conference Room 1

  • Working with governments, regulators and industry partners to streamline electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Simplifying the payment journey and providing users with more choice around which charging points they can use
  • Delivering seamless, secure and convenient payment solutions for EV charging
  • Working with vehicle manufacturers, charging station operators and the payments industry to come together to develop electric vehicle consumer payment standards

14:45 - 15:15

Beyond road transport: solutions for a wider range of electric vehicles

Room: Conference Room 1

Graham Hodgson, Team Leader - Technical Innovation, CENEX (The Centre of Excellence for Law Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies)

  • Bio-directional EV charging in marine
  • Construction vehicles
  • Agricultural vehicles

15:15 - 16:00 - Panel Discussion

2024-2035 - futureproofing the public EV charging network for increased efficiency and reliability

Room: Conference Room 1

  • Providing affordable, unhindered access to EV charging.
  • Avoiding short-term public sector decisions over EV infrastructure costs.
  • Staying competitive: charge point solution providers.
  • Role of the private sector.

16:00 - 16:05

Closing remarks from the chair

Room: Conference Room 1