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

Tom Stone, Editor, TTi (Traffic Technology International)

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

Aaron Berry, Deputy Head, 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

Matthew Ling, Environment Strategy Programme Manager, Growth, Strategy and Infrastructure, Suffolk County Council

Shamala Evans-Gadgil, Senior Programme/Project Manager, Coventry City Council

  • 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

Chris Rimmer, Deputy Head of Department, Energy Systems & Infrastructure, CENEX (The Centre of Ecellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies)

Tony Mars, Director of Execution, Sainsbury's SmartCharge

Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-founder & COO, Zapmap

  • 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

Making a business case for fleets in V2G operations

Room: Conference Room 1

Mark Potter, Chief Technical Officer, 3ti

  • Overview of the four-party V2X FastHub project.
  • Delivering a commercially-viable V2G charging opportunity for highly efficient fleet charging.
  • Comparing AC vs. DC bi-directional costs, to provide detailed insight into how the "smart grid-in-a-box" works in practice.

Grid-independent charging using off-vehicle energy stores: overview of the FEVER project

Room: Conference Room 2

Erica Ballantyne, Senior Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management, University of Sheffield

  • Developing a novel hybrid OVES solution to rate and deliver grid independent EV charging stations.
  • Creating a zero-emission supply for the expansion of the EV charging infrastructure, by employing local electricity energy storage.
  • Engineering the social acceptance, and commercial viability, of OVES.

13:50 - 14:10

Optimising fleet operations

Room: Conference Room 1

Julian Minta, Head of Fleet & Transport Operations, Enfield Council

Jack Millington, Energy Transition Manager, Renault Trucks

Kieran Sheen, Key Account Manager, Renault Trucks

  • 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.

Supercharging the Future: the evolution of EV charging and the rise of giga-hubs

Room: Conference Room 2

Mark Bloxham, Growth & Development Director, The EV Network

  • NEC Case Study: unlocking insights from the UK's largest EV charging station.
  • Delving into the infrastructure, technology, and user experience at the NEC charging station, showcasing lessons learned and best practices for future developments.
  • Exploring emerging trends and innovations shaping the future of public charging infrastructure, from smart grid integration to advanced user interfaces and beyond.
  • Supercharged Giga-Hubs: redefining charging for the next generation of EV drivers.

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.

Upgrading the last metre: elevating customer experience by delivering exceptional design and functionality in EV charging destinations

Room: Conference Room 2

Theresa Swift, Business Development Manager - EV Installers, Formula Space

  • Incorporating modern design elements, branding and landscaping to create visually pleasing charging spaces in hubs and car parks.
  • Implementing user-centric features such as clear signage, lighting, and convenient amenities to improve the overall charging experience.
  • Retrofitting legacy sites to meet PAS1899 standards.

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

David Wong, Head of Technology & Innovation, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders

Elena Bachurina, UK EV Network Project Delivery Director, bp pulse

  • 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

Fabian Eisele, Product Manager, Vector Informatik GmbH

  • 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.

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

Room: Conference Room 2

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

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

10:45 - 11:15

The UK's V2X Innovation Programme: using Evs for energy flexibility

Room: Conference Room 1

Josey Wardle, Innovation Lead - V2G & EV Charging, Innovate UK

  • UK policy and targets to 2030.
  • Using EVs for energy flexibility.
  • Updates on UK V2X Innovation Phase 1 & 2.

MOD Case Study: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Challenges

Room: Conference Room 2

Christopher Leonard, Sustainable Road Transport Programme Manager - Ministry of Defence, UK Civil Service

  • Challenges with installation and use of charging infrastructure in the MOD Estate
  • Addressing lack of electrical capacity and time-consuming process to hardwire infrastructure.
  • Overcoming potential risks: EVs without means to charge, leading to loss of capability.

11:15 - 11:45

Break and exhibition

11:45 - 12:05

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.

Hydrogen refuelling: unlocking the wider potential of fuel cell hydrogen vehicles with public refuelling

Room: Conference Room 2

Michaela Kendall, Chief Executive Officer, Adelan

  • Realising the commercial viability of hydrogen, at scale, to transform the heavy transport sector.
  • Understanding the supply side, the future for large-scale production of green hydrogen, and the infrastructure to support its use.
  • Upskilling workers to meet the hydrogen transport challenge. 

12:05 - 12:25

Scaling up and wireless charging

Room: Conference Room 1

Hubert Wolters, VP Business Development, WiTricity

  • 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?

Panel discussion: Hydrogen infrastructure first

Room: Conference Room 2

Chris Games, Head of Application Engineering, ULEMCo Ltd

Jay Nagley, VP Strategic Relationships, Viritech

Greg Harris, Chief Commercial Officer, Intelligent Energy

  • Implementing policies, incentives, and regulations to encourage investment in hydrogen infrastructure while meeting environmental standards.
  • Educating stakeholders about the benefits of hydrogen infrastructure, and its role in integrating with EVs to aid the transition to zero-emission transportation.
  • Highlighting the potential long-term economic, environmental, and societal advantages of a comprehensive hydrogen network, including job creation, emissions reduction, and enhanced energy security. 

12:25 - 14:00

Lunch and exhibition

14:00 - 14:30 - Keynote

A collaborative approach to improving EV infrastructure and driver experience

Room: Conference Room 1

Vicky Read, CEO, ChargeUK

  • The role of ChargeUK in facilitating the roll out of an efficient charging infrastructure.
  • Addressing some of the pinch points such as payment solutions, access and availability.
  • Government policy and reality.
  • A window into the future for EV charging infrastructure technologies.

14:30 - 15:00

Simulation modelling for determining charging station requirements

Room: Conference Room 1

Chris Rimmer, Deputy Head of Department, Energy Systems & Infrastructure, CENEX (The Centre of Ecellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies)

  • Understand the importance of simulation modelling in determining optimal charging station locations.
  • Explore how simulation models can predict future charging demands and allocate resources effectively.
  • Learn about the key factors to consider when designing charging station networks using simulation modelling. 

15:00 - 15:45 - Panel Discussion

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

Room: Conference Room 1

James Court, Chief Executive Officer, EVA England

  • 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