For this year’s Electric Vehicle Symposium 32, the Dutch delegation will be arriving in an EV caravan, driving all the way to Lyon from Amsterdam by electric car. Departure is on 18 May, in order to be there on time for the start of the symposium on the 20th.
According to the organisers, the Netherlands will be well represented with a Holland Pavilion under the motto ‘Mission Zero’. Part of this plan was to encourage as many companies and governments of the Dutch delegation as possible to travel to Lyon by electric car (as a driver or co-driver). This way, the caravan organisers aim to spread the message: “We not only travel as emissions-free as possible, but we also show EVS32 that the Netherlands is serious about electric driving.”
The electric caravan journey to the Electric Vehicle Symposium 32 will take place from the 18 – 19 May. The group leaves on Saturday, the 18th of May at 09:00 from the Amsterdam ArenA, and plans to arrive in Lyon on Sunday 19 May by the end of the afternoon. For the evening, the crew from Holland plans to briefly visit the orange Holland Pavilion, where the Dutch delegation will be officially received by Prince Albert of Monaco the next morning.
Alderman for Traffic and Transport of Amsterdam, Sharon Dijksma, has already confirmed attendance for the entire trip. A camera crew will also join the caravan in order to record the journey. The municipality of Amsterdam is additionally offering participating companies the opportunity to make their own pitch film with the camera team to be distributed during the EVS32. Interested journalists and bloggers were also invited to join.
The electric car caravan allowed participants to register as a driver (with electric car) or as a passenger, but the deadline for public participation passed on the 2nd of May. While the caravan is ideally welcoming all participants, with any kind of electric vehicles, the organizers did add that they did not want emissions-producing hybrids in the lineup and that there is limited space for cars with a range under 250km due to limited charging stations along the route.