Electric Vehicle Symposium 32, Lyon

11th Jun 2019

Electric Vehicle Symposium 32, Lyon

Alister Hamilton

The 32nd International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS32) took place in Lyon, France between the 19th and 22nd May 2019. The symposium attracted 7,400 visitors from 65 countries. The EVS series tours the world with successive annual symposia in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The European symposia are organised by AVERE, the European Association for electromobility.

EVA Scotland are members of AVERE and attended an AVERE board meeting ahead of EVS32.

EVS32 included an extensive exhibition with 300 exhibitors organised in National Pavilions from America, Canada, China, France, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands and the UK. Each Pavilion showcased companies from their respective countries. The UK Pavilion featured Drive System Design, Hyperdrive, IDTechEx, Spark, SMMT and TEVVA. The exhibition included ride and drive sessions with 1,500 individual test drives taken of 30 different EVs and 11 different scooters. The exhibition and ride and drive sessions were open to members of the public on the Sunday before the official opening of EVS32.

The Symposium was officially opened by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco who addressed delegates. The Prince was taken on a VIP tour of the exhibition area where he met a number of delegates and was introduced to members of AVERE including EVA Scotland.

The AVERE E-mobility Conference (AEC2019) program, part of EVS32, featured 7 different sessions to provide delegates with a taste of how industry and policymakers are driving the global electro-mobility sector. The different high-level sessions cover all aspects of e-mobility. EVA Scotland chaired the session on urban mobility in front of 400
delegates. The session featured a keynote speech by Mr. Stéphane Martinot, Product Marketing Director of Valeo Powertrain Systems, France. Following the keynote, a panel comprising

  • Mrs. Sharon DIJKSMA, Deputy Mayor Traffic, Transport and Air Quality, City of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Mr. Mathieu BERNASCONI, Business Development Manager France & Belgium, SHARE NOW, France
  • Mrs. Muriel BARNEOUD, Director of Societal Engagement La Poste, France
  • Mr. Sytse ZUIDEMA, CEO of Newmotion, France
  • Mrs. Anja VAN NIERSEN, CEO of Allego Group, The Netherlands

joined Stéphane and myself for a discussion on stage. I had been a little apprehensive about the session beforehand, but the panel were all excellent and an engaging and very interesting discussion followed. The main problem I had as chair was bringing the conversation to a close on schedule after 90 minutes. The time just flew by!

EVS32 also features a scientific program with 8 different sessions spread over the 3 days. There were more than 150 lectures presented by leading global e-mobility researchers on a diverse range of topics from EV charging and infrastructure to the future of mobility. In addition, a poster area adjacent to the exhibition area allowed scientists to present their research findings in person at scheduled dialogue sessions.

E-Visionary Awards 2019

At the closing session the new E-Visionary Awards for the Americas, Europe and Asia were announced. Dundee had been nominated by EVA Scotland in 2018 and won the European award. This year the award for Europe went to Madrid. For Asia, the winner was Daegu Metropolitan City, Korea and for the Americas it was City of Long Beach, Los
Angeles County.

Image: Alister Hamilton chairing the Urban Mobility Panel


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