Programme – Preview

Day One


08:50 - 09:00

Chairpersons Welcome

  • Dr Colin Herron CBE, Managing Director, Zero Carbon Futures   
09:00 - 09:20

The Road to 2032

An view from the opposition benches on how Scotland’s ambition to decarbonise their transport sector is progressing and what remains to be done.

  • Colin Smyth MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Transport
09:20 - 10:10

PANEL: Electrifying Scotland - Solving the Infrastructure Conundrum

Meeting the government’s ambitious 2032 target gives Scotland a mere 13 years to phase out ICE vehicles. This will require collaboration on a grand scale to deliver the infrastructure needed

  • Cllr Philip Bell, Councillor for Cults, Bieldside, Milltimber & Peterculter, Aberdeen City Council
  • Cllr Adam McVey, Council Leader, Edinburgh City Council
  • Stewart Reid, Head of Future Networks, SSEN
10:10 - 10:45

City Showcase - Europe’s most Visionary EV City

The inside scoop on how Dundee has accelerated ahead of its peers to become the most EV-centric city in Europe and the key lessons that can be learned.

  • Cllr Mark Flynn, Councillor, Dundee City
10:45 - 11:20

Morning Coffee and ICE-Breaker Sessions

11:20 - 11:45

I Would Drive 10,000 Miles (On Battery Power Alone)

A veteran of the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen went from hiring a Nissan Leaf on a whim to breaking world records, driving an EV from the UK to Mongolia and becoming a global ambassador for EVs. Hear his story and his predictions for the next 25 years of EV.

  • Chris Ramsey, Adventurer, Plug in Adventures


11:45 - 12:10

Deliver the Electric Future That Everyone Wants

How to develop a coherent regional EV strategy that takes into account the needs of 12 very different Local Authorities enabling the rapid growth of the EV sector and ensuring the best use of public funds.

  • Cllr Martin Bartos, Chair, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
12:10 - 12:35

What is Scotland Doing to get Consumers in EVs?

Uncover the innovative schemes and grants that will enable Scottish consumers to make the EV switch with confidence by 2032.

  • Andrew Robinson, Head of Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Delivery, Transport Scotland
12:35 - 13:35

Lunch and Networking Break


13:35 - 13:55

Beyond Grants: Innovative Public Drivers for Commercial EV Infrastructure

Shining a light on another devolved administration in the UK, what lessons have they taken from the Scottish experience and how they are enabling the private sector through access to public land.

  • Dafydd Munro, Head of Transport Decarbonisation, Dept for Economy and Infrastructure, Welsh Government 
13:55 - 14:05

How to Futureproof Scotland's Grid for EVs

How to bring online solutions such as smart charging and V2G in the near term to ensure that expensive and disruptive grid reinforcement takes place exactly where and when it is needed.

14:05 - 14:25

Charging, Charging Everywhere but not one Point for Taxis

Edinburgh will have 211 on street charge points by 2023, ensuring they are available at the right time, for the right user and at the right price is not easy. Explore how they have made it possible and ensured availability for commercial users.

  • Cllr Adam McVey, Council Leader, Edinburgh City Council
14:25 - 15:05

PANEL: Quickfire Sessions - Infrastructure Best Practices:


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  • Gary Lee, National Head of Car Parks, Savills


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15:05 - 15:25

Solving the Interoperability Issue - Delivering a Seamless Customer Experience

    Scotland is in a unique position with ChargePlace Scotland guaranteeing some measure of homogeneity in charging infrastructure but as we move away from full state support what needs to be done to ensure consumers needs are taken in account?
15:25 - 16:00

Afternoon Networking Break

16:00 - 13:25

One Speed Does Not Fit All - Create the Perfect Mix of Charge Points

Edinburgh will have 211 on street charge points by 2023, ensuring they are available at the right time, for the right user and at the right price is not easy. Explore how they have made it possible and ensured availability for commercial users.

  • Julie Vinders, Project Officer, South East of Scotland Transport Partnership


16:25 - 17:10

PANEL: Defining the Mix of Public/Private Investment in Building the Market

For EVs to have a sustainable future they must be commercially viable and the level of public support must enable the private sector and ensure a solid return on investment. 

  • Louise Wilson, Co-Founder, Abundance
  • Gareth Evans, National Sustainable Travel and Transport Manager, Intu
17:10 - 17:30

Building the Business Case for Institutional EV Investors

Explore innovative routes to secure new ways to fund essential infrastructure in Scotland.

  • Derek Graham, Programme Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Day Two


0850 - 0900

Chairpersons Welcome

  • TBC
09:00 - 09:20

The Elephant in the Room - Vehicle Supply

Europe is not producing enough electric vehicles to meet its targets for phasing out ICE vehicles. This is how we fix it.

  • Dr Colin Herron CBE, Managing Director, Zero Carbon Futures
09:20 - 09:40

How to Accelerate the Decarbonisation of Public Transport

BEVs will play a huge role in the electrification of public fleets but will only be part of the low emission landscape. Understand the opportunity for Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles alongside BEVs in regional strategies.

  • Tom Flanagan, Partnership Manager, TACTRAN
09:40 - 10:30

PANEL: Prepare for the Rapid Rollout of Low Carbon Fleets

Hear the early conclusions from the Optimise Prime project, how to implement them to accurately forecast and accommodate predicted electricity loads and deliver multi million pound cost savings for commercial fleet owners.

  • Nicole Thompson, Director, Hitachi/Optimise Prime
00:30 - 10:50

Electric Emergency Services - Saving Lives with Planet Saving Technology

Explore how to electrify a fleet that cannot risk running out of power. Learn how to implement the driver education and training strategies and organisational change required to make the transition as smooth as possible.

  • Shelley MacKay, National Fleet Manager, NHS Scotland
10:50 - 11:35

Morning Networking Break

11:35 - 11:55

Enabling the Rapid Decarbonisation of Fleets Through Innovative Public Funding

EST manage a plethora of schemes for Transport Scotland aimed at decarbonising road transport. Understand what is available to you to ensure your fleet isn’t left behind.

  • Ellie Grebenik, Senior Programme Manager, Energy Savings Trust


11:55 - 12:45

PANEL: The EV Business Model - What is the Role of Energy Companies in Delivering a True End to End Solution

12:45 - 13:05

Futureproofing the Charging Network - Designing for V2G

13:05 - 14:05

Lunch and Networking Break

14:05 - 14:25

How to Truly Decarbonise Transport - Delivering Clean Energy for Charging

14:25 - 15:00

PANEL: Building a Grid Scale Battery From EVs to Balance the Grid

15:00 - 15:20

How to Capitalise on Local Storage of Locally Produced Power

15:20 - 15:40

The Roadmap to Super Fast Charging - Are Batteries Ready?

15:40 - 16:15

Afternoon Networking Break


16:15 - 16:55

PANEL: How to Overcome the Financial and Infrastructure Hurdles Preventing Electrification

16:55 - 17:15

Understand the Role of Micro Mobility in the Last Mile Modal Mix

17:15 - 17:35

The Green Dividend - How to Realise Electrifications PR ROI