EV Roadmap 9

2017 Program Outline

EV Roadmap 10: Test Drive the Future

"The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed."
- William Gibson, science fiction author.

William Gibson's words are particularly apt in describing the electric and "smart" mobility space. In some communities - ranging from California to Norway - electric vehicles represent 20-30% of new car sales. In other communities, such vehicles are virtually unheard of. Likewise, some communities are already testing multiple forms of connected, autonomous, and shared mobility - while many other parts of the world consider such technologies a form of science fiction.

The mobility industry is changing fast, and the rate of that change continues to accelerate. For example, through Electrify America, the Volkswagen Group of America will invest $2 billion over the next 10 years in Zero Emission vehicle infrastructure, awareness and other measures that will transform the electric vehicle market in the U.S.

EV Roadmap 10 invites participants to "test drive the future," learning from industry leaders as well as the leading communities and regional markets. EV Roadmap 10 programming will be organized around three tracks:

Cars. This track will focus on the accelerating adoption of electric cars and other electric vehicles. Sessions will explore the emergence of electric vehicles in new market segments, such as transit and freight vehicles; the natural synergies between electric, connected, shared, and autonomous mobility; and aggressive new public-private marketing strategies.

Charging. Charging infrastructure is evolving quickly to meet the needs of millions of new electric vehicle drivers. This track will explore how to make charging easier, faster, and more commonplace.

Community. The community track will focus on the broader "ecosystem" needed for the market to expand. Sessions will include an in-depth discussion of the Electrify America plan, programs designed to bring electric mobility benefits to underserved communities, and analysis of how electric vehicle adoption can lower electricity rates.

Monday, June 19

Pre-Conference Events & Tours
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Tuesday, June 20

ALL DAY
9:00am-3:00pm
Track 1: Cars Track 2: Charging Track 3: Community
7:30-9:00am
9:00-9:15am
9:15-9:45am
9:45-10:15am
10:15-11:30am Manufacturers, dealers, and advocates generally agree that electric vehicles can be more challenging to sell to consumers than the internal combustion cars with which they are more familiar. This panel will dive deeper into research on electric vehicle consumers and the purchase experience to generate insights about how to accelerate electric vehicle sales. Public charging infrastructure has historically faced a challenging business model. The electricity provided is so affordable that a simple "vending machine" model may not generate enough revenue to cover costs. This panel will explore unusual and promising financing sources for charging infrastructure, such as voluntary carbon markets, clean fuels credits, creatively applied federal funding programs, and alternative revenue streams. Low-income and underserved communities suffer the most from vehicle air pollution, and spend more of their incomes on fuel and transportation. Furthermore, the perception that electric vehicles are "only for the rich" is a major barrier to market transformation. This panel will explore promising strategies to ensure that all communities benefit from transportation electrification and new mobility models, with a focus on projects that are sustainable and scalable.
11:30am-12:30pm
12:30-1:45pm Transit agencies are rapidly accelerating their commitments to zero emission buses, and the technology is more proven and cost effective than ever before. However, transit agencies face new challenges as they move from small orders and demonstration projects to full-scale electrification. This panel will focus on these opportunities and challenges. The ability to use electric vehicles to provide grid services and energy storage has tended to run ahead of the business model for doing so. However, a number of promising smart charging applications with strong business models are now emerging. This session will explore lessons learned from recent pilots, current industry efforts underway, and the growing convergence of energy management and storage, microgrids, charging, and vehicles. Public-private partnerships to promote electric vehicle adoption have been evolving for several years, and the US Department of Energy recently gave the effort a boost by funding three Showcase projects. One such effort, led by Drive Oregon, will be opening a physical showroom adjacent to the EV Roadmap conference site. This session will explore leading partnerships, their varying strategies, and ways to measure their impact in strengthening the marketing and sales of electric vehicles as a category.
1:45-2:15pm
2:15-3:30pm Smaller and lighter vehicles have historically been viewed as easier targets for electrification, but this perception is changing fast. New vehicle classes are rapidly becoming available and being proven cost-competitive. Furthermore, the $2.7 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust being created as part of the Volkswagen settlement is expected to further accelerate investments in cleaner heavy-duty equipment. This session will focus on emerging opportunities, strategies, and challenges in electrifying heavy equipment and vehicles. Increased adoption of electric vehicles can provide significant and beneficial load to electric utilities. At the same time, the design and structure of utility rates has a major influence on both adoption and benefits. For example, traditional "demand charges" can make fast charging extremely expensive - thus discouraging EV adoption. This panel will explore promising options for policy and rate design. Through Electrify America, the Volkswagen Group of America will invest $2 billion over the next 10 years in Zero Emission vehicle infrastructure, awareness and other measures all aimed at improving ZEV adoption. This promises to be a transformational investment for the U.S. electric vehicle industry. In this panel, senior leadership from Electrify America will share their plans for this spending, and discuss opportunities for communities to collaborate in its rollout. This will be the first major opportunity for industry members to discuss this strategy with Electrify America leaders.
3:30-4:00pm
4:00-5:30pm One of the most popular recurring elements in the EV Roadmap series, this live focus group will ground attendees in the real-world challenges facing expanded electric vehicle adoption. Professional facilitators will quiz drivers, and audience members can pose questions of their own in real time via Twitter.

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5:30-7:30pm

Wednesday, June 21

Track 1: Cars Track 2: Charging Track 3: Community
7:30-9:00am
9:00-9:15am
9:15-9:45am
9:45-10:15am
9:45-10:15am How valuable are the new potential carbon credit revenues delivered by EV charging systems - and how soon can I secure such innovative financing for my charging projects? Join EV Charging Carbon Coalition (EVCCC) and policy leaders to examine how the EVCCC's new protocol, under development with the Verified Carbon Standard, will allow your charging to plug into the evolving carbon capital markets to more profitably accelerate your infrastructure investments.
10:15-11:30am Electric vehicle enthusiasts often see shared vehicles as the ideal fleets to electrify, since the lower operating costs of such vehicles are maximized over more miles while creating expanded opportunities for drivers to experience the technology. In practice, however, it has proven quite difficult for companies to electrify car sharing services. Progress with taxis and Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft has been quicker, but still challenging. This panel will explore these challenges and promising strategies to overcome them.

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Oregon helped lead the development of one of the world's first DC Fast Charging routes, the West Coast Electric Highway, as well as one of the first and largest "pods" of fast chargers in an urban setting. Multiple efforts are now underway to build out fast charging corridors and to create "pods" of fast chargers to serve higher demand in urban centers. This session will explore lessons learned, best practices, and business models for future fast charging corridors. While some early critics were concerned that electric vehicles might be cross-subsidized by other drivers or utility ratepayers, recent research and pilot projects demonstrate that electric vehicles can provide substantial benefits to the grid, to ratepayers, and to the economy as a whole. This session will document these findings, and discuss emerging strategies that can further leverage these benefits.
11:30am-12:30pm
12:30-1:45pm China is the world's largest new-car market, and has made strong commitments to increase electric vehicle sales. Growing electric vehicle sales in China could have dramatic impacts on the global automotive industry - and plans by several Chinese manufacturers to begin selling vehicles into the U.S. could also be highly disruptive. This panel will explore recent trends and likely developments in the Chinese market, and their broader implications for the electric vehicle industry worldwide. Over the years, local governments have upgraded their streets to accommodate horses, cars, and bicycles; however, they have been slow to support charging systems in the public right of way. Charging infrastructure in highly visible on-street locations can help promote electric vehicle adoption and provide charging opportunities for car sharing, ride hailing services, drivers without private garages. Furthermore, integrating charging into other urban infrastructure like street lighting can lower costs, and may even help accelerate upgrades in those systems. This session will explore various projects and strategies that seek to integrate charging into the urban streetscape. The future of mobility is electric, connected, shared, and autonomous - or, in a word, smart. The USDOT Smart City Challenge drew applications from 77 cities across the United States in 2016, culminating in an award of $50 million to Columbus, Ohio. Last year at EV Roadmap 9, representatives from Columbus and the six finalist cities discussed their plans. This session will include an update on work in Columbus, as well as highlights from other "Smart City" efforts.
1:45-2:15pm
2:15-3:30pm Electric vehicles are providing the ideal "test bed" for connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, which are coming to market much faster than predicted. This session will explore the intersection of "the internet of things" and mobility, with a focus on technologies that may dramatically alter the electric vehicle market and mobility more broadly. 50kW DC fast charging has played a key role in encouraging electric vehicle adoption and making longer-distance trips more feasible. With longer-range electric vehicles coming to market, however, and drivers now accustomed to receiving an 80% charge in 20 minutes, fast charging speeds are on the rise. This session will explore the pathway to faster fast charging - 150kW, 300kW, and beyond - and the implications for utilities, drivers, and other stakeholders. From state and federal tax credits and incentives to local building codes and permitting, public policy will continue to play a key role in the electric vehicle industry over the coming decade. This session will analyze which local, state, and federal policies are most promising in promoting transportation electrification; how these policies can best be secured; and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.
3:30-3:45pm
3:45-5:00pm Utilities are rapidly increasing their engagement in transportation electrification. This panel will feature a diverse group of utility executives discussing the opportunities and trends they see in transportation electrification in an informal interview format.

Thursday, June 22

Post-Conference Events | Drive Revolution
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