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2017 Program

EV Roadmap 10: Test Drive the Future

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

William Gibson's words are particularly apt in describing the electric and "smart" mobility space. In some communities - ranging from California to Norway - electric vehicles represent 20-30% of new car sales. In other communities, 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. For example, through Electrify America, the Volkswagen Group of America will invest $2 billion over the next 10 years in Zero Emission vehicle infrastructure, awareness and other measures that will transform the electric vehicle market in the U.S.

EV Roadmap 10 invites participants to "test drive the future," learning from industry leaders as well as the leading communities and regional markets. EV Roadmap 10 programming will be organized around three tracks:

Cars. This track will focus on the accelerating adoption of electric cars and other electric vehicles. Sessions will explore the emergence of electric vehicles in new market segments, such as transit and freight vehicles; 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.

Community. The community track will focus on the broader "ecosystem" needed for the market to expand. Sessions will include an in-depth discussion of the Electrify America plan, programs designed to bring electric mobility benefits to underserved communities, and analysis of how electric vehicle adoption can lower electricity rates.

Monday, June 19

Pre-Conference Events & Tours
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BYD Electric Vehicles

Tuesday, June 20

Track 1: Cars
Bridge Level Auditorium
Track 2: Charging
Sky Bridge A&B;
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Track 3: Community
Mezzanine 2,3,4
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
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Now more than ever, cities have become the driver of American energy innovation. Listen in as former Mayor of Seattle Greg Nickels and Spencer Reeder of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Inc. discuss the future of transportation electrification and share their insights on how cities can accelerate the transportation revolution.
Introduction: Maurice A. Henderson II | Chief-of-Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Gregory Nickels | Mayor in Residence, Seattle
Spencer Reeder | Director, Climate and Energy, Vulcan Inc. 
10:15-11:30am Manufacturers, dealers, and advocates generally agree that electric vehicles can be more challenging to sell to consumers than the internal combustion cars with which they are more familiar. This panel will dive deeper into research on electric vehicle consumers and the purchase experience to generate insights about how to accelerate electric vehicle sales.
Moderator: Robert Langford | Manager, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales, Honda
Jukka Kukkonen | Founder, PlugInConnect 
Gina Coplon-Newfield | Director, Electric Vehicles Initiative, Sierra Club 
Simon Ouellette | CEO, Mogile Technologies Inc. 
Brett Williams, Ph.D. | Principal Advisor, Clean Transportation, Center for Sustainable Energy 
Public charging infrastructure has historically faced a challenging business model. The electricity provided is so affordable that a simple "vending machine" model may not generate enough revenue to cover costs. This panel will explore unusual and promising financing sources for charging infrastructure, such as voluntary carbon markets, clean fuels credits, creatively applied federal funding programs, and alternative revenue streams.
Moderator: Amy Hillman | Client Relations Manager, Blink Network at Car Charging Group, Inc.
Tonia Buell | Project Development Manager, Innovative Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation
Claire Dooley | Director of Market Development, EVgo
Sue Hall | CEO, Climate Neutral Business Network 
Susan Mora-Schrader | Director Utility Initiatives, Excelon
Salim Morsy | Senior Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
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.
Moderator: Jamie Dean | Program Director, The 11th Hour Project
Monica Araya | Founder & Director, Costa Rica Limpia /
Megan Lohmann | Head of Community Energy Management, Community Energy Association
Roman Partida-Lopez | Senior Equity Specialist, Center for Sustainable Energy
Vivian Satterfield | Deputy Director, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
12:30-1:45pm Electric vehicles are providing the ideal "test bed" for connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, which are coming to market much faster than predicted. This session will explore the intersection of "the internet of things" and mobility, with a focus on technologies that may dramatically alter the electric vehicle market and mobility more broadly.

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Moderator: Andrew Dick | Connected, Automated, and Electric Vehicle Advisor, Oregon Department of Transportation
Dr. Vatsal Bhatt | Director of Cities and Neighborhood Developments, Green Building Council 
Alexis Biddle | Smart Cities Policy Advisor, DKS Associates 
Lauren Isaac | Director of Business Initiatives, EasyMile 
Jill Sciarappo | Senior Director of Strategic Marketing, Autonomous Driving Group, Intel Corporation 
Kevin Walkowicz | Simulation, Testing and Integration Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The ability to use electric vehicles to provide grid services and energy storage 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 lessons learned from recent pilots, current industry efforts underway, and the growing convergence of energy management and storage, microgrids, charging, and vehicles.
Moderator: Rolf Bienert | Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance 
Steve Bloch | Vice President of Partnership Development, EV Connect, Inc. 
Baerte de Brey | Chief International Officer, ElaadNL 
Mark Goody | Manager of Electric Vehicle Programs, FleetCarma 
Danilo Santini | Senior Economist, Argonne National Laboratory 
Public-private partnerships to promote electric vehicle adoption have been evolving for several years, and the US Department of Energy recently gave the effort a boost by funding three Showcase projects. One such effort, led by Forth, will be opening a physical showroom adjacent to the EV Roadmap conference site. This session will explore leading partnerships, their varying strategies, and ways to measure their impact in strengthening the marketing and sales of electric vehicles as a category.
Moderator: Linda Bluestein | National Clean Cities Co-Director, U.S. Department of Energy 
Josh Boone | Deputy Executive Director, California PEV Collaborative 
Eric Cahill | Program Director, Plug In America 
Zach Henkin | Program Director, Forth 
Lisa Thurstin | Senior Manager, Environmental Programs, American Lung Association Minnesota 
2:15-3:30pm Transit agencies are rapidly accelerating their commitments to zero emission buses, and the technology is more proven and cost effective than ever before. However, transit agencies face new challenges as they move from small orders and demonstration projects to full-scale electrification. This panel will focus on these opportunities and challenges.

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Introduction: Tyler Hughes | EV Infrastructure Development, Burns & McDonnell
Moderator: Tyler Hughes | EV Infrastructure Development, Burns & McDonnell 
Dan Raudebaugh | Executive Director, Center for Transportation & the Environment 
Marta Van den Bergh | Junior Project Manager, Research & Innovation, UITP 
Meghan Weinman | Product Development Manager, Puget Sound Energy 
Increased adoption of electric vehicles can provide significant and beneficial load to electric utilities. At the same time, the design and structure of utility rates has a major influence on both adoption and benefits. For example, traditional "demand charges" can make fast charging extremely expensive - thus discouraging EV adoption. This panel will explore promising options for policy and rate design.
Moderator: John Morris | Vice President Market Development, D+R International
Michele Chait | Director, Energy + Environmental Economics, Inc. 
Jacob Goodspeed | Pricing Analyst, Portland General Electric 
Robert Meredith | Manager, Pricing/Cost of Service, PacifiCorp 
Terry O'Day | Vice President, EVgo 
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.

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Introduction: Karl Popham | Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy
Michael Berube | Vehicle Technologies Office Director, U.S. Department of Energy 
Nic Lutsey | Program Director, The International Council on Clean Transportation 
Karl Popham | Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy 
Spencer Reeder | Director, Climate Programs, Vulcan Inc.
John Smart | Group Lead - Advanced Vehicles, Idaho National Laboratory 
4:00-5:30pm One of the most popular recurring elements in the EV Roadmap series, this live focus group will ground attendees in the real-world challenges facing expanded electric vehicle adoption. This year, we will focus on early visitors to the Go Forth Electric Showcase Professional facilitators will quiz participants, and audience members can pose questions of their own in real time via Twitter using the hashtag #EVRM10.

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Introduction: Mersiha McClaren, Ph.D. | Research Into Action


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Introduction: Michael Jones | Vice President Sales, ChargePoint
Introduction: Robert Langford | Manager, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales, Honda

Wednesday, June 21

Track 1: Cars
Bridge Level Auditorium
Track 2: Charging
Sky Bridge A&B;
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Track 3: Community
Mezzanine 2,3,4
Kate Brown | Governor of Oregon
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Utilities are rapidly increasing their engagement in transportation electrification. This panel will feature a diverse group of utility executives discussing the opportunities and trends they see in transportation electrification in an informal interview format.
Moderator: John Voelcker | Editor, Green Car Reports
Chuck Caisley | Chief Customer Officer, Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs, KCP&L;
Stefan Bird | President and CEO, Pacific Power
Mike Jones | Power Supply and Strategic Planning Officer, Seattle City Light
Jim Piro | President and Chief Executive Officer, Portland General Electric
10:30-11:00am How valuable are the new potential carbon credit revenues delivered by EV charging systems - and how soon can I secure such innovative financing for my charging projects? Join EV Charging Carbon Coalition (EVCCC) and policy leaders to examine how the EVCCC's new protocol, under development with the Verified Carbon Standard, will allow your charging to plug into the evolving carbon capital markets to more profitably accelerate your infrastructure investments.
Sue Hall | CEO, Climate Neutral Business Network, EVCCC Convenor 
11:00am-12:15pm Electric vehicle enthusiasts often see shared vehicles as the ideal fleets to electrify, since the lower operating costs of such vehicles are maximized over more miles while creating expanded opportunities for drivers to experience the technology. In practice, however, it has proven quite difficult for companies to electrify car sharing services. Progress with taxis and Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft has been quicker, but still challenging. This panel will explore these challenges and promising strategies to overcome them.

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Introduction: Jon Isaacs Oregon Public Affairs Manager, Uber
Moderator: Linda White | BMW
Alan Bates | Market Manager, ReachNow 
Adam Gromis | Global Head of Sustainability and Environmental Policy, Uber
Alex Keros | Manager, Vehicle & Advanced Technology Policy, General Motors 
Angel Lopez | Executive Director of the LIVE Platform, Barcelona City Council 
Erick VanWagenen | EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, WeDriveU, Inc. 
Oregon helped lead the development of one of the world's first DC Fast Charging routes, the West Coast Electric Highway, as well as one of the first and largest "pods" of fast chargers in an urban setting. Multiple efforts are now underway to build out fast charging corridors and to create "pods" of fast chargers to serve higher demand in urban centers. This session will explore lessons learned, best practices, and business models for future fast charging corridors.

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Moderator: Nick Nigro | Founder, Atlas Public Policy
Dr. David Finn | CEO, Tritium 
Tyler Svitak | Energy and Transportation Administrator, City and County of Denver 
Rami Syväri | Head of International Sales & Business Development, Fortum Charge & Drive 
Diane Turchetta | Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration 
Steve West | Charge Net 
While some early critics were concerned that electric vehicles might be cross-subsidized by other drivers or utility ratepayers, recent research and pilot projects demonstrate that electric vehicles can provide substantial benefits to the grid, to ratepayers, and to the economy as a whole. This session will document these findings, and discuss emerging strategies that can further leverage these benefits.
Moderator: Patricia Monahan | Transportation Program Director, Energy Foundation
Max Baumhefner | Attorney, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
James Ellis | Director of Utility Solutions, ChargePoint
Thor Hinckley | Senior Program Consultant - Electric Vehicles, CLEAResult
Lucy McKenzie | Senior Consultant, Energy and Environmental Economics
1:15-2:30pm Smaller and lighter vehicles have historically been viewed as easier targets for electrification, but this perception is changing fast. New vehicle classes are rapidly becoming available and being proven cost-competitive. Furthermore, the $2.7 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust being created as part of the Volkswagen settlement is expected to further accelerate investments in cleaner heavy-duty equipment. This session will focus on emerging opportunities, strategies, and challenges in electrifying heavy equipment and vehicles.

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Introduction: Jon Jensen, IBEW 48
Moderator: Fouad Ahmed | Senior Management Consultant, P3 North America Inc.
Jeffery Esfeld | Director of Light Duty Fleet Sales, Workhorse Group Inc. 
Jean-Baptiste Gallo | Product Manager, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. 
Laura Renger | Principal Manager, Air & Climate, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison 
Andrew Swanton | Vice President of Sales, BYD 
Over the years, local governments have upgraded their streets to accommodate horses, cars, and bicycles; however, they have been slow to support charging systems in the public right of way. Charging infrastructure in highly visible on-street locations can help promote electric vehicle adoption and provide charging opportunities for car sharing, ride hailing services, drivers without private garages. Furthermore, integrating charging into other urban infrastructure like street lighting can lower costs, and may even help accelerate upgrades in those systems. This session will explore various projects and strategies that seek to integrate charging into the urban streetscape.

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Moderator: Lynn Peterson | Transportation Consultant
Jurjen de Jong | CEO, GreenFlux 
Tim Kreukniet | Director, EV-Box North America 
Robert Rizzo | Director of Operations, Eluminocity
Brian Spak | Customer Energy Solutions Manager, Portland General Electric 
As utilities become more heavily engaged in the electric vehicle industry, utility regulators and ratepayer advocates have been called upon to quickly develop new rules and regulatory approaches. This session will discuss the competing goals of utility regulation, the special challenges and opportunities posed by transportation electrification, and emerging models to address the fast-moving electric vehicle sector.
Moderator: Thor Hinckley | Senior Program Consultant - Electric Vehicles, CLEAResult 
Tim Echols | GA Public Service Commissioner 
Joe Halso | Associate Attorney, Sierra Club
Dave Kolata | Citizens Utility Board 
Lauren McCloy | Legislative Director, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
3:00-4:15pm China is the world's largest new-car market, and has made strong commitments to increase electric vehicle sales. Growing electric vehicle sales in China could have dramatic impacts on the global automotive industry - and plans by several Chinese manufacturers to begin selling vehicles into the U.S. could also be highly disruptive. This panel will explore recent trends and likely developments in the Chinese market, and their broader implications for the electric vehicle industry worldwide.
Moderator: Yunshi Wang | Director, China-U.S. ZEV Policy Lab, China Center for Energy and Transportation, ITS-UC Davis 
Patrick Duan | Vice President of Operation, BYD Motors Inc.
Fei Meng | Program Manager, China Center for Energy and Transportation, ITS-UC Davis 
ZhanHui Yao | Director in Automobile Policy Research, China Technology and Automotive Research Center 
50kW DC fast charging has played a key role in encouraging electric vehicle adoption and making longer-distance trips more feasible. With longer-range electric vehicles coming to market, however, and drivers now accustomed to receiving an 80% charge in 20 minutes, fast charging speeds are on the rise. This session will explore the pathway to faster fast charging - 150kW, 300kW, and beyond - and the implications for utilities, drivers, and other stakeholders.
Moderator: Charlie Allcock | Director of Business Development, Portland General Electric
Robert Barrosa | Vice President OEM Strategy & Business Development, EVgo 
John Gartner | Director, Navigant Research 
Michael Jones | Vice President Sales, North America West, ChargePoint 
Johan Peeters | VP Marketing & Sales, ABB EV Infrastructure 
From state and federal tax credits and incentives to local building codes and permitting, public policy will continue to play a key role in the electric vehicle industry over the coming decade. This session will analyze which local, state, and federal policies are most promising in promoting transportation electrification; how these policies can best be secured; and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

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Introduction: Daniel Bates | Partner, Thorn Run Partners
Genevieve Cullen | President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
Jessie Denver | Energy Program Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment 
Kathy Kinsey | Senior Policy Advisor, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management 
Harm Weken | Managing Partner, FIER Automotive 
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth

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Join us as we celebrate the end of EV Roadmap 10 at our first-ever After-Party! Network with fellow conference attendees while enjoying local wine, beer and appetizers. Our host will be moovel, an urban mobility company that is widely recognized as a leading provider of multi-modal transportation solutions.

To get to moovel's downtown Portland office from the conference venue, we encourage you to walk, use Trimet, or hop on a BIKETOWN bike.

Note: Registration for the After-Party is included in your conference registration.

Thursday, June 22

Post-Conference Events

View last year's conference program here.