Drive Oregon Event Backed by Portland General Electric,
Registration Discounted by $50 for Fleets & Fuels Readers
Organizers including Drive Oregon are getting ready for EV Roadmap 8, which takes place July 29-30 at the World Trade Center conference facility in Portland, Ore. updated June 17
Drive Oregon cites “dramatic change’ in the EV market. “Sales continue their strong growth with electric vehicle registrations up by 69% last year alone.
“With 24 models available and another 20 expected by 2016, nearly every automaker will soon offer at least one electric model.”
Still Just a Tiny Market Share
But Drive Oregon notes too, “Electric vehicle sales are still less than 1% of new car sales in most of the country.”
“Widespread electric vehicle adoption requires a supportive ‘ecosystem’ of stakeholders, from utilities and local governments to vehicle OEMs, charging providers, interest groups, and drivers,” the group says.
Drive Oregon promises to bring “all of these stakeholders together in a highly interactive format to explore emerging trends, share best practices, and map the road ahead.”
Among the questions to be addressed:
- How are drivers using Oregon’s extremely dense network of quick chargers, and what does this tell us about the future of quick charging?
- What is the appropriate role for utilities in promoting transportation electrification and providing vehicle charging? What models and pilots are pointing the way forward?
- How are automakers and utilities working together — and in competition with each other — to integrate electric vehicles and home energy management?
- What are the prospects in the US for lighter electric vehicles, such as electric assist bicycles? How might their adoption be accelerated?
- How can workplace charging be made a more commonplace employee benefit? Can experiences with supporting bicycle or transit commuters provide valuable lessons?
- How are vehicle software, “connected car” technologies, and the Internet of Things impacting electrification?
- What roles do transportation agencies, local government planners, developers, and other stakeholders have to play in a rapidly evolving market?
Norway parliamentarian and former deputy mayor of Oslo Ola Elvestuen is a scheduled keynote speaker, as is IDTechEx founder and chairman Peter Harrop. Greenlots, Intertek, Proterra, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy are sending speakers.
Portland General Electric is presenting sponsor. The EV Roadmap series was first hosted by PGE and Portland State University.
Fleets & Fuels readers can receive a $50 discount on standard registration rates to attend EV Roadmap 8 with promotional code FFNETWORK during registration.
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Source: Drive Oregon with Fleets & Fuels follow-up