Roadmap 11

2018 Program Outline

Roadmap 11: Test Drive the Future

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

In Norway, over half of all new cars sold are now electric or hybrid. In other communities, and countries, 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.

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

Cars. This track will focus on the accelerating adoption of electric cars and other electric vehicles, as well as new forms of shared and autonomous mobility. Sessions will explore the emergence of electric vehicles in new market segments, such as transit; 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; an in-depth discussion of the Electrify America plan to invest $2 billion over the next 10 years; and ways that electric utilities and the grid are gaining from transportation electrification.

Community. The community track will focus on the broader "ecosystem" needed for the market to expand. Sessions will highlight programs designed to bring electric mobility benefits to underserved communities, leading "smart city" efforts, and new policy developments.

Cutting Edge. New this year, the "cutting edge" track will feature "Ignite" style talks of 5-7 minutes, hands-on workshops, and emerging topics. Come learn more about tomorrow's news today!

Monday, June 18

Pre-Conference Events & Tours
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Tuesday, June 19

Track 1: Cars Track 2: Charging Track 3: Community Track 4: Cutting Edge
10:15-11:30am After several years of fits and starts, shared mobility services are beginning to electrify in a major way. From the Uber Electric initiative to car sharing pilots around the world, progress is accelerating. This panel will explore promising strategies to electrify shared mobility, and the lessons we are learning along the way. Excitement about using electric vehicles to provide grid services 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 projects underway, lessons learned, and the path ahead. While legal and regulatory issues may be national, cities are where the "rubber hits the road" for new mobility technologies. Several cities have developed innovative strategies that attempt to steer electric, shared, connected and autonomous technologies toward achieving local goals and priorities. This session will explore their progress, challenges, and lessons learned. Hold on to your seat! Some sessions in this track will feature a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5-7 minutes each, with brief Q&A periods afterwards, exploring a diverse range of cutting edge topics. These short-format talks are guaranteed to get you talking!
12:30-1:45pm Heavy duty electric vehicles are coming faster than most analysts would have predicted. One of the most promising - and perhaps surprising - markets is school buses. This market is growing fast, thanks in part to concerns about childrens' health, and access to Volkswagen settlement funds. This session will focus on emerging opportunities, strategies, and challenges in this promising new segment. As the electric vehicle market scales up past early adopters, fast charging is getting faster, more common, and more user-friendly. This panel will explore emerging models of fast charging infrastructure that are designed to serve millions of vehicles in the years ahead. From state level electric vehicle rebates to multi-state collaborative efforts, US states have been emerging as innovators and leaders in promoting clean electric and advanced mobility. Come learn how these innovations have come to fruition, and what the future may hold. 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.
2:15-3:30pm Fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen are now available to retail customers in California. What lessons have we learned there, and what does the future hold for wider distribution of fuel cell vehicles? Many markets are seeing unprecedented investments in charging infrastructure from multiple sources, including Volkswagen settlement funds; Electrify America investments; and utility programs. How can the industry demonstrate and communicate the fact that these investments - and many more - are all necessary? How can these different investments best be coordinated and leveraged? The past year has seen the launch of a number of exciting new projects designed to bring the benefits of electric, shared, and autonomous vehicles to traditionally underserved communities. This panel will highlight the most promising, sustainable, and scalable projects, and the lessons learned to date. The Transportation Electrification Accord is a set of guiding principles for promoting transportation electrification, endorsed by diverse stakeholders including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Honda, BYD, Illinois Citizen Utility Board, and Forth. This session will explain the Accord, its intended use, and its potential benefits.
4:00-5:30pm One of the most popular recurring elements in the 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.

Wednesday, June 20

Track 1: Cars Track 2: Charging Track 3: Community Track 4: Cutting Edge
9:15-10:30am As utilities become more heavily engaged in the electric vehicle industry, utility regulators have been called upon to quickly develop new rules and regulatory approaches. In this session, moderated by former Commissioner Phil Jones, we will hear directly from leading state regulators about their approaches to this fast-moving sector and explore the path ahead.
11:00am-12:15pm In China, Shenzen has already electrified its entire fleet of over 16,000 buses; nearly a dozen cities around the world have pledged to follow suit. This panel will explore the new challenges and opportunities that come as transit agencies move from demonstration projects to full-scale electrification. With the right policies and programs in place, transportation electrification will support the electric grid to the benefit of all utility customers. This panel will discuss real world examples of programs and policies designed to capture those benefits and increase fuel cost savings, as well as the analytical framework demonstrating how transportation electrification can lower power bills. Businesses own over half of all registered vehicles in the world, and influence millions of employees and customers. This session will explore business leadership in promoting electric and clean transportation, from workplace charging through enterprise level clean transportation commitments. Hold on to your seat! Some sessions in this track will feature a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5-7 minutes each, with brief Q&A periods afterwards, exploring a diverse range of cutting edge topics. These short-format talks are guaranteed to get you talking!
1:15-2:30pm The average new car buyer spends over 13 hours conducting research, half of it online and much of it via third-party websites. What online resources are available to help potential electric car buyers evaluate their options, find charging stations, and make purchase decisions? How can these tools be strengthened to accelerate market growth? In 2016, Columbus successfully competed against 77 US cities to win the Smart City Challenge. With $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $10 million from Vulcan, Inc., a Paul G. Allen Company, Columbus has embarked on an ambitious effort to reinvent mobility. This panel will explore their progress to date, lessons learned, and future plans. 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. Hold on to your seat! Some sessions in this track will feature a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5-7 minutes each, with brief Q&A periods afterwards, exploring a diverse range of cutting edge topics. These short-format talks are guaranteed to get you talking!
3:00-4:15pm Advocates and car shoppers alike have criticized dealerships' efforts to sell electric cars, yet dealerships are central to the sales process. This panel will explore the reasons behind these problems, and report on promising initiatives to incentivize and support dealerships. New "EV-ready" building codes can save a lot of money and headaches down the road, but what should be required now to "future-proof" our buildings? And how can we build political support for these efforts? This session will explore both the substance and the strategy. The International ZEV Alliance has set a goal that all new vehicles sold be electric by 2050; other governments are setting more ambitious targets. Meanwhile, some analysts predict dramatic decreases in car ownership overall. How will we pay for roads in a post-gas, post-car era? This panel will explore a range of options and pilot projects. li Recent headlines have been full of commitments from various countries to "ban the sale of gasoline powered cars"c after a certain date, and California is also considering such a measure. But what lies behind these headlines? How would such bans be enforced? What policies and investments would be required to support these goals? Are they constructive, or a distraction? This session will dig into the details behind the headlines.

Thursday, June 21

Post-Conference Events
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