EVworld NZ 2018

9 Aug 2018ASB Showgrounds, Auckland


Join those who are leading the way in the new EV world at the EVworld NZ Industry Conference this August. Last year 200+ delegates came together to discuss the future EV ecosystem and answer the challenging question of how we can achieve the ambitious targets set out by the government in 2016.

NEW - Kellen Schefter from the Edison Energy Institute in Washington will be delivering the international keynote at the EVworld NZ Industry Conference, giving insight into the global EV ecosystem and the role NZ can play in the EVolution.

With climate change targets driving government incentives for zero carbon transport, EVworld NZ features experts leading the way toward the future of electric vehicles. The Industry Conference delves into key issues such as meeting the challenges to our networks, developing the heavy and light EV fleets and the opportunity to create a trans-Tasman market.

Secure your place at the EV event of the year – full agenda as below.

2018 Agenda

Opening Remarks from the Chair
Rod Oram, Senior Business Journalist
International keynote: Leading the Charge – lessons from the global EVolution

The transition to an electric-powered transportation future has begun. Kellen Schefter from the Edison Electric Institute identifies the major trends that are driving the shift toward sustainable transportation and the signs of progress from around the world. This session highlights the emerging lessons from leading global markets on how to build an EV ecosystem, including policy levers, cross-sector collaborations, and innovative customer solutions. Kellen lays out a vision for EV success – and how New Zealand can become part of the global EV revolution.   

Kellen Schefter, Senior Manager Sustainable Technology, Edison Energy Institute (EEI)
Ministerial address: The role of EVs in our zero-carbon future

This year the government announced they are committing to reducing climate pollution to net zero by 2050. The role of transport in reducing emissions is significant and a key driver of EV uptake throughout the country. The Minister will share the latest initiatives to accelerate EV adoption in both private and public environments and reflect on the opportunities and hurdles for further EV uptake in New Zealand.

Minister under invitation
‘The Norway of the Southern Hemisphere’: The way forward for the global EV ecosystem

New Zealand is a world leader in EV adoption and a part of a worldwide movement to discontinue the use of ICE cars. What can we learn from the rollout of EVs in countries such as Norway and the UK and how can we make our mark on the world as leaders in the EVolution?

Liz Halsted, Cities, Digital and Place Shaping Leader & Arup
Mark Lusis, Director, Arup & Board Member & Drive Electric
Morning break
Leaders’ Panel: Driving collaboration and overcoming the barriers for EV adoption
  • Delving into the regulation: Are NZ standards currently hindering innovation and the adoption of new EV technology?
  • Leading the way – how can private entities successfully collaborate with local and central government to support mass EV adoption?
  • Meeting the tipping point for mass market adoption – what significant barriers still need to be overcome?
  • Addressing the long and short haul EV fleet options – reflecting on the future of the EV truck
Steve West, CEO, ChargeNet NZ
Ken Shirley, CEO, Road Transport Forum
David Vinsen, Chief Executive, VIA, the vehicle import association
James Williams, National Fleet Sales Manager, Hyundai New Zealand
Representative from Mercury
Expert insight: Developments in wireless charging and V2G infrastructure

The recent introduction of bidirectional technologies not only improves system efficiency and flexibility, but also enables wireless Vehicle to Grid/Grid to Vehicle (V2G/G2V) services. These services can further enhance the use of renewable energy sources, while also providing an additional
revenue stream for EV owners.

  • Delving into the latest technological developments with wireless charging and how this works
  • Current challenges with V2G development and the future vision for wireless charging with dynamic charging
Dr Duleepa Thrimawithana, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
Lunch break
Interviews with EECA Contestable Fund Recipients

Eighteen months on, hear from the pioneers innovating the EV space with their applications of the contestable fund.

a) The Warehouse
Greg Nelson, General Manager – Environmental Initiatives, The Warehouse Group

b) Yoogo
Kirsten Corson, General Manager, Yoogo Share

c) New Zealand Post
Paul Booth, Transport Logistics Manager, New Zealand Post

Panel: Answering the challenges of EVs on our Grid

Research has been released this year highlighting the need for an industry strategy to meet the strain on the network represented by electric vehicles. With potential for electric vehicles to be expanded to the long-haul fleet sector, it is clear that this challenge needs to be addressed to allow for the predicted EV growth in New Zealand.

  • Addressing the EV pricing issue for charging infrastructure providers
  • Diving into network strain challenges – is a consumer behaviour change enough to reduce peak loads?
  • From challenge to opportunity – technology progression to allow for vehicle-to-grid infrastructure to reduce pressure at peak
Stephen Godfrey, Opportunities and Developments Manager, Orion
Nigel Broomhall, Managing Director, ChargeMaster
John Rampton, General Manager Market Development, Electricity Authority
Diego Villalobos, Principal Economist, Commerce Commission
Afternoon break
An electric, automated, shared mobility future: EVs, AVs and the evolution of public transport

Russell Yell gives direction on how advances in technology are presenting a new paradigm in urban mobility systems which are an attractive, sustainable alternative to private car ownership.

  • The future sustainable city: linking EVs and AVs to our transport future
  • Changing ownership models and the role of the OEM in the future
  • Exploring consumer attitudes around electrification of transport and shared mobility, including Mobility as a Service
Russell Yell, Smart Mobility and Digital Cities Lead, Stantec
Trans-Tasman EV collaboration - Is Australia holding us back?

The opportunity for an ANZ EV market means a larger catchment for manufacturers and the potential for collaboration between the Australian and NZ governments. We bring those who are driving the zero-carbon transport change in both countries together to discuss what progress is being made across the ditch and what opportunities lie in this for NZ.

Behyad Jafari, CEO, Electric Vehicle Council Australia
Clem Arlidge, Senior Advisor, Strategy and Programme Development & Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
Closing remarks from the Chair
Rod Oram, Senior Business Journalist

Who should attend? 

  • Key government & transport policy/regulatory influencers
  • Local government 
  • Fleet owners & managers 
  • EV industry stakeholders



Endorsing Organisations



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