All Streams are across 2 days

In this session we will look at how transportation networks and cities of the future will need to evolve into highly automated, energy-efficient and intelligent superfast transportation networks capable of generating energy and charging vehicles as they travel. As we start to see the demise of the internal combustion engine and increasing adoption of EVs, how will we meet those energy requirements and charging infrastructure? Who will supply that energy and what will happen to traditional fuelling stations?

More than 30 expert speakers from around the world will also discuss how new technology, concepts and changing user behaviours can increase intermodality between transportation operators to increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impact and carbon intensity of transportation. They will also present what else governments can do to encourage mobility sharing or even zero-emission alternatives such as cycling or walking, as well as new ideas and concepts for last-mile solutions.

This two-day stream is dedicated to discussing how advances in technology, population increase and future emission regulations support economic growth, and understanding how business models will change.

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Conference Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 19 June

Building Sustainable Transportation Networks for Future Generations


Pioneering sustainable, ethical and zero-emission travel

Jonny Goldstone
Managing director
Green Tomato Cars
How do technology firms, city planners, automotive manufacturers and on-demand transportation titans partner to deliver clean, green, zero-emission transportation on demand? This presentation shows how each and every one can play their part to accelerate our path to a green and clean future.


Energybility – combined energy and mobility solutions are the key to a sustainable future

Dr Frank Meyer
Senior vice president B2C/B2SME solution management and innovation
Energybility describes the ability to combine clean energy with e-mobility –E.ON [Drive] provides both. Holistic offerings are being made available to customers (B2B/B2C/B2M), containing 100% renewable energy plus e-mobility solutions. Modern consumers want to know where their energy comes from – it’s no longer just 'out of the plug', it’s about transparency. The concept of ownership is changing: young drivers want to use mobility on demand, not own it. The cleaner, the better. Energybility is the key concept to make e-mobility a success and foster its impact on overcoming climate change.


BMW Vision E³ Way – An innovative urban mobility concept

Dr Rainer Daude
Project director mobility concepts
The world of individual and sustainability mobility faces enormous challenges in conurbations. As urbanization progresses, more and more people are crowding into cities, so conventional mobility concepts and local public transportation are reaching the limits of their capability. Congestion and high levels of air pollution are the result, which in turn leads to constraints on the quality of life. The BMW Vision E³ Way project shows a visionary mobility concept that is designed not just to specifically address the challenges faced by megacities but to provide a solution that is both simple and effective. It consists of an elevated road concept for electrically powered two-wheel vehicles which links key traffic hubs in urban conurbations. The three E's stand for "elevated", "electric" and "efficient" – the concept's defining properties.

10:30 - 11:10



Sustainable mobility within the circular economy, and the need for hyper-collaboration in a relentlessly changing world

Enrico Pisino
Head of product innovation, FCA and president of the National Technology Cluster “Sustainable Mobility”
FCA Group


Reducing CO2 emissions in transport

Vicky Boiten-Lee
General manager for fuels marketing
The world needs to reduce CO2, and transport is a critical component of this. Shell believes that a mosaic of solutions can help achieve material reductions, and there are different economics that need to be factored in if we want to achieve a material reduction.


Cologne’s smart mobility approach in the GrowSmarter Lighthouse project

Julia Egenolf
GrowSmarter Project Manager
City of Cologne
Within the EU Horizon 2020 GrowSmarter project, the Lighthouse City of Cologne established mobility stations for approximately 45 vehicles and 35 bikes to help reduce CO2 emissions and the use of privately owned cars. All 10 planned mobility stations are now in place, in various sizes and with various combinations of partners. Cologne implemented mobility stations for conventional and electric vehicles, and conventional and electric bikes, including a parking app to book parking in advance and avoid driving while searching for parking. Mobility stations will therefore provide commuters and residents with a location where they can easily find various kinds of transport, such as trams, trains, buses, taxis, shared (e-)cars and shared (e-)bikes, as well as parking lots with online management of parking spaces.

12:25 - 13:40



Electrified heavy-duty powertrains

Dr Steven Wilkins
Senior research scientist
From national and european projects, various options are being considered for the greening of heavy-duty commercial vehicles. As we approach 2050, the urban and inter-urban transport of freight and people needs to transition towards more sustainable technologies and energy carriers. Furthermore, optimisation of powertrains and infrastructure needs a more holistic systems approach to enable an energy transition. A perspective is drawn on approaches, opportunities and challenges from the portfolio of projects, from the viewpoint of TNO, the Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research.


Sustainability – embracing waste as a future energy stream

Andrew Atkins
Chief engineer - technology
Natural resources are limited. Growing population and increased urbanisation create increasing need for conveniently packaged energy that has low environmental impact. Allied to this there are growing challenges with waste management, air quality and space, leading to pressure on our urban green spaces. This paper aims to explore these challenges in the complex systems of the future, and seeks possible synergistic solutions.


Intelligent technology for renewable mobility

Jens Winkler
Head of sustainable energy systems
Enercon GmbH
With reference to the Paris goal to reduce global warming to 2°C, it is obvious that the energy used in future mobility will have to be generated only by renewable sources . Whether it’s going to be BEV or hydrogen, a scalable, cost-effective and decentralised infrastructure is key for success. Enercon has developed a concept for future charging stations and will introduce the main components and strategies.

14:55 - 15:35



Railway, the backbone of sustainable transport

Carole Escolan Zeno
Head of unit - sustainable development
UIC - International Union of Railways


Sustainable logistics: the stony road to green and fair freight transport

Dr Katharina Hibbeln
Program manager sustainability
Schenker AG
Freight transport significantly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Additionally, transporting goods around the globe leads to complex supply chains that are challenging to govern with regard to the fair and equal treatment of the workers involved. Against this background, designing sustainable logistics operations is a major challenge. However, at the same time it also affords ample opportunities and a significant lever to contribute to sustainable development. The talk highlights these opportunities and challenges from the point of view of a logistics provider.

16:25 - 16:55

Panel Discussion

How can we meet the energy requirements for mass adoption of EV’s? What are the challenges and how can we overcome them?
Christoph Ulusoy
Head of digital e-mobility products
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Dr Niklas Schirmer
Director energy and automotive
Ubitricity Gesellschaft für Verteilte Energiesysteme GmbH
Markus Wilthaner
Senior project manager
McKinsey & Company Inc
Margriet van Schijndel-de Nooij, secretary general, European Automotive Research Partners Association

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

Meeting The Energy Requirements of Transportation


How reshaping energy markets will support future transport infrastructure

Rubina Singh
Senior consultant
The e-mobility market has grown exponentially but the challenges of range anxiety, high cost and underdeveloped infrastructure are yet to be addressed. Creating the right market conditions is therefore paramount. Gemserv believes a regulatory push is needed for infrastructure to accelerate the transition to an e-mobility future and address issues regarding installation, service models, range anxiety and interoperability. Insights from interviews with multiple stakeholders and investor/business concerns on how emerging standards can improve infrastructure deployment will be presented. A review of the adequacy of market design, regulatory and innovation landscape will also be provided.


Towards zero-emission public transport

David Yorke
New technology, training and projects manager
Tower Transit Operations Ltd
With all major cities tackling two of the most important issues in the world today – climate change and air quantity – public transport must take the lead in confronting the problem. Currently there are only two options for operating zero-emission buses: plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel cell. Using Tower Transit’s extensive experience, this presentation will explore and assess these different technologies, taking into account the technical issues of running zero-emission buses, alongside the practical operational challenges that will arise. The discussion will also feature current and future innovative trends in the international bus industry.


The future of fuelling in the age of EVs

Christopher Burghardt
Managing director Europe
Systemic concerns that national power supply infrastructure will be unable to cope with the projected demand caused by rising EV sales have come to a head recently. The number of EVs on Europe’s roads will rise exponentially in the next two decades. Both government and public opinion recognise that we need to swing away from the status quo, with its poor air quality, traffic-clogged roads and increasing journey times. The power networks, auto industry and battery technologists, and charging infrastructure providers need to all advance together, collaboratively, with funding from both private investors and industry, and the state.


Duality of power grid and energy storage on EV infrastructure

Miguel Fragoso-Recio
Managing partner
Syrma Associates
As the number of electric vehicles on the road continues to grow, private and publicly accessible charging infrastructures are under pressure to keep up with growing demand. This is particularly challenging as consumer recharging patterns tend to cluster around specific time-windows, hence creating peaks in power demand that risk overwhelming grid power capacity. Alternative strategies to pure growth in power grid infrastructure are required to provide a timely, economically attractive alternative to an inevitable upcoming surge in recharging power demand. The presenter will discuss the significance of upcoming developments in battery technology and their relevance to the power grid.

10:40 - 11:20




Jörg Lohr
Head of Western Europe rollout coordination


Transformative research in transport, land use and urban planning

Harald Frey
Project leader
Vienna University of Technology
Transformative research (TR) in the fields of transport and urban planning is a key factor for the future of cities and the transport system. TR in transport sciences can contribute to sustainable development by changing the way of knowledge production and showing how science is accountable to society. The engineering disciplines, which change our environment dramatically, need a much more profound education concerning awareness and responsibility for the effects of engineering interventions. TR can be supported by providing long-term resources, enlarging the group of stakeholders who are integrated in research and by balancing academic knowledge and practical experiences.


Fast-charging electric vehicles without upgrading the electricity grid

Stephen Voller
ZapGo Ltd
Drivers of gasoline and diesel cars are used to a five- or ten-minute visit to a filling station to fill up. To provide five to ten minutes' charging of an electric vehicle requires 350kW high-rate DC chargers and EVs equipped to charge much more quickly than the current generation of batteries. ZapGo has developed Carbon-Ion, a replacement for lithium, that can be used to both buffer the grid and provide fast charging on the vehicle. It has already developed an autonomous vehicle that can be recharged in 35 seconds. This means 350kW chargers can be installed without billions invested in new electricity infrastructure.

12:35 - 13:50



CO2-neutral long-distance transportation: how it can be done

Koen Reybrouck
General manager
High-volume transportation has been mainly powered by fossil fuels since steam boats replaced sailing boats 200 years ago. The emerging electrification of vehicles might lower the overall CO2 emissions, but will not eradicate them. Reycon presents an ambitious and innovative mass-transport system for the future. People and freight could be moved over long distances, powered by the abundant energy contained in high-altitude winds. Design properties, needed infrastructure, energy balances and application details will be discussed, as well as questions still to be answered and the steps ahead.


Developing a global market for electricity-based synthetic fuels

Kilian Crone
Mobility expert
Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (DENA)
For long-haul heavy-mobility, aviation and maritime applications, the required higher energy density and shorter refuelling periods make battery-powered systems impractical for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, the technology for producing renewable electricity-based synthetic fuels (e-fuels) on a large scale is ready and tested. A missing link for the global mobility transition is in the development of a global market for these products, and decreasing costs. The presentation outlines a possible path towards this and highlights regulatory, technological, economical and sustainability milestones.

14:40 - 15:20



People-led modelling and design for successful urban places

Anna Rose
Space Syntax
Anna Rose will introduce the unique modelling and design approach Space Syntax has applied internationally over the last 25 years. She will explain how Space Syntax can be applied to analyse and understand the complexities of the relationship between urban form and mobility, and how this can also be applied to the creation of innovative walking and cycling strategies and infrastructure projects. Case studies will look at applications in urban design projects as well as in integrated urban modelling platforms, which create algorithms that can predict the combined impact of urban network, population/development distribution and public transport attraction on mobility patterns. The understanding generated through this approach has helped Space Syntax create evidence-based policy approaches that directly support the uptake of active travel, walking and cycling.


Battery charging speed – solving an over-constrained problem through modularity

Jean-Baptiste Segard
Founder and CEO
EP Tender
The path to reaching 100% EV sales by 2040 (if not 2030) is still unclear. We need to set two variables: the battery size and the charging power. The equations are, the car is: - profitable, non-subsidided, price competitive = small battery - long-distance capable = large battery and fast, synchronous charging - minimised carbon footprint = small battery and slow residential demand-response charging Seven equations, two variables: no solution. The paradigm to break is the monobloc car. By introducing modularity, we get two solvable problems: EV for 98% usage, shared add-on power bank trailer for 2% usage.

16:10 - 16:40

Panel Discussion

What more can governments do to lure people away from cars to more efficient modes of transportation?
Kilian Crone
Mobility expert
Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (DENA)
Rubina Singh
Senior consultant
Vincent Bourquin
University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change