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Thursday 26 May, 2011


08:30 – 09:00

Coffee and Registration

Guests are asked to arrive in good time so that the conference can start as scheduled.

09:00 – 10:00

Keynote Presentations

Christian Egenhofer, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

09:00 – 09:20

View from the European Commission

Siim Kallas, Vice-President & Commissioner for Transport, European Commission

09:20 – 09:40

View from Industry

Akihito Tanke, Executive Advisor to the President, Toyota Motor Europe

09:40 – 10:00

View from the European Parliament

Dirk Sterckx, Member, European Parliament

10:00 – 11:15

Session 1: Incentivising electric vehicles: when and how?

With the necessity for cleaner and more sustainable transport, has the case for electric vehicles, as opposed to other emissions reduction “tools”, been sufficiently made? Given that large parts of Europe still rely heavily on coal for their power, how can electric cars realistically be deemed “green”? And how do electric vehicles compare with optimised combustion engine cars on a well-to-wheel basis? Should Europe be incentivising Electric vehicle or CO2-efficiency? With regards financing, many member states have utilised subsidies and tax incentives to make electric vehicles a more attractive option to consumers. However, are pricing mechanisms the only measures that would truly encourage the uptake of electric vehicles?


Christian Egenhofer, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

10:00 – 10:15

Introductory Presentation

Isabel Fernandez, Chief Commercial Officer, EMEA, GE Capital

10:15 – 11:15

Panel Discussion

Hugues Van Honacker, Policy Officer, DG Move, European Commission
Kulveer Ranger, Mayor's Environment Advisor & Digital London, Mayor of London
Ian Faye, Project Manager, Robert Bosch GmbH
Arne Richters, Manager Clean Cars, Transport & Environment

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

High-Level Keynote Industry & Infrastructure Session

This keynote session will feature high level industry players. It will be followed by a brief Q&A.


Pete Harrison, EU Energy and Environment Correspondent, Thomson Reuters

11:30 – 11:50

Keynote Presentation

Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman Europe, IBM

11:50 – 12:10

Keynote Presentation

João Dias, National Coordinator of the Program for Electric Mobility in Portugal, MOBI.E

12:10 – 12:30

Keynote Presentation

Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO, Better Place


12:30 – 13:30

Session 2: Infrastructure and charging solutions – where next for Europe?

While electric vehicles are seen by car manufacturers as a means of meeting increasingly stringent global emissions targets, inadequate infrastructure will delay a widespread shift to electric vehicles. What needs to be done from policy and practical perspectives to create a sustainable network of charging stations? Has standardisation been sufficiently implemented by member states to allow consumers to conveniently recharge their vehicles at accessible, high power, fast charging stations? Will the grid be able to endure the increased requirement for electricity until the development of smart-grid systems for the vehicle-to-grid connection interface becomes a well-established alternative? Is contactless charging the way forward? How will consumers pay for their electricity usage?


Pete Harrison, EU Energy and Environment Correspondent, Thomson Reuters

12:30 – 13:30

Panel Discussion

David Dossett, President, CENELEC
Stefan Tostmann, Head of Unit Energy Technologies and Research Co-ordination, DG ENER C2, European Commission
Federico Caleno, EV Recharging Infrastructure Project Manager, Networks Technologies Business Development , Enel Distribuzione Spa
Stefan Becker, Political Affairs and Communications, Energy Mix, Environment, Efficiency, E.ON AG

13:30 – 14:45


14:45 – 17:00

Session 3: Ensuring a safe, user-friendly experience for the consumer – what should policymakers and industry be doing?

Electric cars are becoming more and more attractive with the advancement of new battery technologies but uncertainties remain over the overall weight, life cycle and cost of a battery system. Will there be adequate schemes for recycling and reusing batteries? What are the safety risks particular to electric vehicles? How will the high voltage required to power an electric vehicle be handled during maintenance and after collision and how will electric vehicles respond to severe weather conditions or additional weight such as luggage? With the necessity for the availability and extensive distribution of vehicle parts, how convenient will it be for consumers to repair their electric vehicle?


Martin Du Bois, Partner, Cambre Associates

14:45 – 15:05

Keynote Presentation

Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, Vice Chairman, ERTRAC, Group Corporate Vice-President Sustainable Development and External Affairs, Valeo

15:05 – 17:00

Panel Discussion

Bernard Lycke, Director General, CECRA - European Council for Motor Trades & Repairs
Henk de Pauw, Senior Officer, NORMAPME
Ronald de Haan, Senior Manager International Products & Profitability Business Development, LeasePlan Corporation N.V
Giacomo Mattinò, Deputy Head of Unit, DG ENTR, European Commission

17:00 – 19:00

Cocktail Reception



Thursday 26 May, 2011
08.45 to 18.00




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