AVERE’s E-Mobility Conference (AEC2018)*, taking place on 17 and 18 October 2018 in Brussels**, is gearing up to be THE conference to set the tone for the electrification of transport for the next decade.
It is clear that the green car revolution is taking the world by storm. In Europe, specifically, the spate of electric car announcements by car manufacturers seem to go hand in hand with major EV policy developments in Brussels. Specifically, this autumn 2018, targets for CO2 emissions for passenger cars in Europe will be debated and ultimately agreed upon in the European Parliament and European Member States.
It is thus no surprise that AEC2018 — organized by both the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE) and it’s Belgian Member (AVERE Belgium), who are both celebrating their 40th birthday this year — is aiming to bring top EU policymakers, high-level industry execs, and leading academic experts to debate the future of e-mobility in Europe.
AVERE is also widely known in the industry as one of the co-organisers of the most important International Electric Vehicle Conference’s in the world, EVS***. The latest edition, EVS31, is taking place in Kobe, Japan, immediately before AEC2018 in October.
The first day of the Conference will see both the EU commissioner in charge of the Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, and the commissioner in charge of Transport, Violeta Bulc, providing their own unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for the e-mobility sector in Europe. Attendees can also expect multiple parallel sessions on the second day on diverse topics such as the future of battery technology, how the power sector will handle the increase in EVs, and how connected and autonomous cars will impact the electromobility sector.
AVERE has also dedicated a full parallel session on relevant e-mobility projects in Europe where guests will be able to hear insights from leading academics and researchers on projects from across the continent. At the same time, the “Tour D’Europe” session will take guests on an engaging journey across the continent, highlighting major developments from Eastern Europe, Norway, France, and the UK along the way.
The latest innovative developments from industry including car manufacturers, charge point operators, and battery technology developers will also be on display during the exhibition that will take place throughout the duration of the conference.
AVERE’s Secretary General, Philippe Vangeel, commented, “It is important for Europe to take the lead in the e-mobility, or risk becoming overtaken by the likes of China and the rest of Asia.” He also sees the conference as an important turning point for the transport sector and its impact on the environment. “Citizens are living and moving with higher frequency in cities, with predictions showing that 70% of the global population expected to be living in cities by 2050. This is a huge strain on our health and the air quality in cities and having zero emission vehicles can make a huge impact in this regard.”
When it comes to the future of e-mobility, AVERE strives to align stakeholders and guide them towards the future of European e-mobility. Together, they believe, Europe can move forward with the vision towards a cleaner future!
More information, including the AEC2018 Program and the full speakers list, can be found on the Conference website.
*Full disclosure: I am being compensated to moderate panels and present at AEC2018. Thus, I am especially happy to promote the conference.
**The videos above were actually recorded in Florida, “the Sunshine State,” but were appropriately filmed in between storms in order to create the “grey effect” of European skies. 😉
***EVS is where I first drove electric cars (other than go karts and golf carts). Actually, I think the first car I drove there was the BMW i3, which happens to now be the car we have in Florida. First loves are special. 😉
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