This year’s EVS is taking place in Europe, to be exact in Lyon, France from the 19th to the 22nd of May, 2019. It marks the event’s 50th anniversary, which boldly claims the title of “Number one pan-European e-mobility event this year”, and, at the very least, the most long-standing electric mobility forum on the continent.
The 50th edition of the Electric Vehicle Symposium will cover a total of eight topics, which will be discussed in a series of eight AEC2019 sessions, including key note speeches by leading experts from the events partners and round table discussions. This year’s topics include autonomous vehicles, charging infrastructure, battery technology, mobility services, smart grid V2X, Hydrogen, electric heavy duty transportation and urban mobility.
Among the partners are industry experts from ABB, Avere, CHAdeMO, Huber+Suhner, Hubject, Ionity, Nissan and Tritium, alongside many firms and organizations surrounding new energy mobility from all over Europe. In order to prepare for the incoming shift to electric mobility, the symposium aims “to fully understand how new technology will be used for mobility in the future, as well as the related business models and issues surrounding social acceptability.” Michelin has also been listed as a Gold sponsor for the event, as well as for the Zero Emission Valley project (More on that below).
The program includes a total of more than 150 lectures over three days, as well as the AEC2019 program, which covers the eight sessions mentioned above. There is also a more interactive approach provided in the Ride & Drive zone, which provides space for visitors to try out all the latest electric vehicles “from scooters to cars and bikes”. Competitiveness clusters and national pavilions will also provide space for facilitating contact and discussions between companies and national delegations, including its very own event program and meeting spaces.
Speakers for the event so far include Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for energy transition and solidarity, Gilles Normand, from the Electric Vehicle Division at Renault, Philippe Monloubou, Chairman of the board at Enedis, Prince Albert II, of Monaco, Espen Hauge, Chairman of Avere and WEVA, and Laurent Wauquiez, President of the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes Regional Council. More than 30 additional speakers are expected to the line-up before long.
The choice of location at Lyon is also considerable, as the region known for its strong adoption of electric mobility ideals is currently in the middle of gearing up for their hydrogen mobility initiative H2Mobilité. The roadmap foresees the deployment of 600 hydrogen fueling stations across France by 2030. Lyon stands to directly benefit from the ZEV (Zero Emissions Valley) project objective, which aims to set up hydrogen fueling stations, electrolysers and introduce 1,000 FCEVs by 2023. Five of the initial 20 planned hydrogen fueling stations will be built in Lyon alone. By the end of the EU-funded project, the organizers aim to work with 100% green energy, as well as create a dialogue and cooperation between all stakeholders involved in and affected by hydrogen mobility.