QED Conference - Electrifying road transport

29 January 2013, 12:00 - 15:00

Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels


08:30 - 09:00 Registration and welcome coffee


09:00 - 10:50 Panel 1 - Electrifying passenger cars


Electrifying road transport is a clear goal from the Commission and the car industry has accepted it as one possible solution. Different manufacturers have developed cars to meet this standard. The problem is that the market has not responded and we still see very few electric cars on the roads. In 2011 only 0.1 per cent of the sold cars within EU were electric cars.


Possible discussion points:

Speaker line-up

Laure Chapuis Member of Commissioner Siim Kallas’ Cabinet, European Commission

Sophie Auconie Member of the European Parliament

Sanjeev Kumar Senior Associate, E3G

Bruno Van Zeebroeck Senior Researcher, Transport & Mobility Leuven

Moderator: Arno Behrens Head of Energy & Research Fellow, CEPS  


10:50 - 11:10 Coffee break and mingle


11:10 - 13:00 Panel 2 – Electrifying heavy vehicles


Road transport is one of the areas with very high potential to decrease CO2-emissions. It is hard to see one solution that could solve all problems and most likely we will see a combination of several different solutions, all of them aimed at decreasing emissions. One solution that has been discussed among some of the big truck producers is the possibility to avoid emissions on certain roads by creating an infrastructure for trucks running on electricity.


Possible discussion points:

Speaker line-up

Stephane Ouaki Head of Unit B4 - Infrastructure Investment Strategies, DG MOVE, European Commission

Frédéric Sgarbi Head of Sector – Innovative Automotive Systems, DG RTD, European Commission

Dr Gereon Meyer Senior Consultant, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

William Todts Policy Officer, Transport & Environment

Karine Forien Director Energy Excellence Brand Strategy - Renault Trucks

Moderator: Pete Harrison Senior Associate, ESC, European Climate Foundation

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