Electric Vehicle Summit
16 September 2014 University of





Conference Programme

09.00 Delegate Registration

Chairs opening remarks

Matthew Leach, Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems at the University of Surrey


Opening Plenary

  • Minister Baroness Kramer
  • Keith Robson, Director, Enterprise and Growth, University of Surrey
  • Peter Martin, Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council
  • Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Panel discussion


Innovation in action:

Tours of the University reserach laboratories in EV including the Formula 1 development lab, test the latest electric vehicles from Nissan, Toyota, BMW and Alexander Dennis.


12.30 Lunch

Plenary Session - Making EV Mainstream:

  • Opening Remarks - Mark Pearson, Chief Executive, Surrey Connects
  • Encouraging the take up of EV - Professor Peter Wells, Cardiff University
  • Dr Tim Nicklin, Ford Motor Company, Chair SMMT EV Technical Working Group
1420 Comfort break - refreshments can be taken into roundtable sessions.

Roundtable Discussion – innovations in EV (Technology)

  • Motors, charge point and batteries/fuel cells, materials science (nano-tech for lighter vehicles), other R&D – academic, business.
  • Including new vehicle technologies, fuel cell technologies  and trends in related materials development

Speakers include:
Dr Aldo Sorniotti , Reader in Advanced Vehicle Engineering

Ben Fletcher, Product Manager, Renault Z.E

Miguel Dhaens, Advanced Chassis Research, Tenneco

Lee Giddings, Fleet Sales Planning & Support, Toyota GB


Roundtable Discussion – examining the wider implications of EV take-up (technology)

  • Wider implications on energy systems and synergies. 
  • Challenges and opportunities in infrastructure development.  
  • New models for energy systems, e.g.
  • EV as domestic energy supply, and, 
  • the competition for energy supply.  

Speakers to include:
Sarah Bee, R&D Electric Transportation Manager, EDF Energy

Professor Matt Leach, Professor of Energy & Environmental Systems






15.30 Comfort break - refreshments can be taken into roundtable sessions.

Roundtable Discussion – investment and funding (business) 

Perspectives on the vision for sector investment.

Participants to include:

Mark Pearson - Chief Executive, Surrey Connects
Anna West, Head of Consumer Incentives, OLEV (invited)
Alberto Aragon-Correa, Professor of Management, University of Surrey






Roundtable Discusion – how to sell EV / encouraging take-up of EV (business)

Challenges and opportunities for EV uses – buses (bus manufacturer or company), car clubs, taxis and promotion – academic, business, Government. New models for car ownership, e-mobility, public and private vehicle use.

Speakers to include:
Chas Ball - Chief Executive, Carplus

Mike Kerslake, Group Technology Manager,Alexander Dennis Ltd

Dr Birgitta Gatersleben, Senior lecturer in Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey

Bruce McGregor, Business Development Manager, British Gas: EV Infrastructure

Christopher Morris, Development Director, E-Car

16.40 Event Close

Please note the advertised programme is subject to change

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