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Next steps for Low Emission Vehicles - uptake, infrastructure and innovation

Morning, Wednesday, 16th December 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on next steps for low emission vehicles in the UK.

Areas for discussion include:

  • priorities for improving uptake
  • creating the infrastructure to support growth
  • innovation in design
  • the impact of recent policy developments

Key developments affecting the discussion:

It takes place with:

  • DfT working on its transport decarbonisation plan strategy for publication later this year, following the Government’s Road to Zero Strategy for LEVs in the UK
  • recent go-ahead for introduction of Green number plates alongside investment for zero-emission vehicle research
  • scaling up of EV battery and component production, charging infrastructure, attracting investment and relevant R&D projects included in the PM’s major New Deal for Britain initiative
  • development of major projects across transport, energy, utilities, and electricity networks in the forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy
  • Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Action Plan following the Government’s smart EV charging consultation, which looks at:
    • steps for reducing network costs for EV connection and establishing new market incentives
    • how best to achieve smart charging to reduce grid demands and operation costs
  • the Government’s ongoing grant scheme for new LEVs, as well as discounts on home charging equipment aimed at further developing EV suitability for consumers and households
  • Highways England investing £9m into a ‘try before you buy’ electric vehicle scheme, to encourage businesses to switch their vehicle fleets away from diesel

The agenda:

  • Developing smart transport systems and integrating LEV technologies as they evolve
  • Scaling up and tackling commercial barriers
    • Innovation across LEV manufacturing and developing products that appeal to consumers
    • Expanding the UK production base and developing domestic supply chains
  • Decarbonising transport and putting the UK at the forefront of LEV design and manufacturing - finance, uptake and innovating vehicle use models
  • Developing the physical infrastructure for EV integration and use across the road network
  • Electrifying freight and other larger vehicles - battery technology, network compatibility, and expanding industry adoption
  • Network integration and grid flexibility, operational costs and grid-connected EV batteries
  • Preparing the energy and regulatory system for wide-scale LEV use - smart city development, market tariffs, and expanding charging options
  • Next steps for policy to accelerate LEV rollout and for the UK’s leadership in transport decarbonisation

The discussion in detail:

Commercial development of LEVs in the UK

Priorities for policy and engagement with key stakeholders:

  • incentives for the transition to cleaner forms of transport and meeting the target of net-zero emissions by 2050:
    • working alongside local governments and across the public sector more widely on decarbonisation strategies
    • scaling up capabilities for EV integration
    • latest thinking on the Government’s ambition of ending the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans by 2035
  • building the domestic manufacturing base for UK LEV production:
    • public and private investment for regional production bases
    • increasing industry competitiveness and growing domestic supply chains
  • tackling commercial barriers for the rollout and adoption of electric vehicles:
    • routes to reducing technology and vehicle costs
    • innovative renting, leasing and ownership models
  • evolving the electricity system regulatory framework to reduce barriers for EVs, including rollout costs and industry and consumer incentives for wider adoption

Physical infrastructure

  • developing the reliability and ubiquity of rapid-charging networks for LEVs across the UK, including strategies for:
    • applying the £500m earmarked for EV charging
    • planning rural, suburban and city region charge point rollout
    • reaching the Government’s six thousand charge point target for England by 2035
  • commercialising batteries for heavy goods vehicles and developing network capabilities for grid use
    • increasing battery efficiency and readying voltage levels across power networks
    • preparing to meet the needs of key sectors including trucking and construction
  • modernising electricity networks for large-scale EV use and charging:
    • increasing smart grid flexibility and utilising connected batteries for reserve capacity
    • network decarbonisation and management and the way forward for accelerating the integration of EVs, renewable energy, and energy storage

Smart, decarbonised urban environments

Optimisation of LEVs for cities, and creating smart, decarbonised and integrated transport networks in urban environments, looking at:

  • collaboration with local governments and designing ambitious clean air strategies, including latest thinking on clean air zones, sanctions for polluting vehicles, and utilising smart EVs to reduce city-wide congestion
  • implementing increased residential street charging - and the way forward for integration of EV units and providing real-time data and information, and increasing convenience for users
  • consumer incentives - acceleration of Government support for home charging capacity, creation by energy suppliers of tailored EV tariffs, and further innovation in consumer benefits for EV use

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Comms, and officials from the BEIS; Crown Commercial Service; Defra; Department for International Trade; Department for Transport; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Geospatial Commission; HM Revenue & Customs; Infrastructure & Projects Authority; National Audit Office; Transport for Wales; Wales Office and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from the Baker McKenzie; Calisen; Cranfield University; Durham County Council; Oxfordshire County Council; Petrol Retailers Association; Smith Institute; and The CHO.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the Business Car and The Environment Magazine.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Neil Fulton

Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

David Thackray

Sales and Marketing Director, Tevva Motors

Senior speaker confirmed from Northern Powergrid

Sarah Lane

Investment Manager, Infrastructure, Zouk Capital

Natasha Robinson

Joint Heads, Office of Low Emission Vehicles, Department for Transport


Chris Pateman-Jones

Chief Executive Officer, Connected Kerb

Joseph Cosier

Policy Manager, Energy UK

Maggie Bosanquet

Low Carbon Economy Team Leader, Durham County Council

Trevor Hutchings

Director of Strategy and Communications, Gemserv

Thalia Skoufa

Transport Practice Manager, Energy Systems Catapult

Senior speaker confirmed from Toyota

Nick Molden

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Emissions Analytics

Toby Poston

Director, Corporate Affairs, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association

Vincent de Rul

Director, EV Solutions, EDF Energy