EVworld NZ 2018



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 Electric 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 Electric Institute (EEI)
Opening 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.

Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
‘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
Gavin Young, Service Manager, Hyundai New Zealand
Oz Jabur, Head of Product and Innovation, 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 and the future of the smart city!

Urban mobility and infrastructure are evolving to incorporate both EVs and AVs, with the possibility of a ‘Seamless Mobility’ future for cities. However, there is no common or clear vision for how the design and deployment of the required infrastructure that will be affected by changes in mobility patterns, vehicle technology and energy systems. In this presentation we look at the 4thIndustrial Revolution and how the concept of non-linear innovation may help connect citizens, technologists and city planners to co-create these new mobility platforms for smarter cities.

Malcolm Fraser, Director, The Future Cities Institute
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

Rod Oram

Senior Business Journalist
Rod Oram has more than 30 years’ experience as an international financial journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London. He is currently a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times and a regular broadcaster on radio and television. For more than a decade, Rod has been helping fast-growing New Zealand companies through his involvement with The ICEHOUSE.

Kellen Schefter

Senior Manager Sustainable Technology
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Kellen Schefter is Senior Manager of Sustainable Technology at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association for U.S. investor-owned electric companies. At EEI, Kellen focuses on technologies that enable clean energy, grid modernization, and new customer solutions. He leads EEI’s transportation electrification efforts, including policy advocacy, business model development, and cross-industry coordination. He previously worked on regulatory and compliance issues at plug-in electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive. Prior to that, Kellen managed R&D projects in the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. Kellen has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Andrew Caseley

Chief Executive
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Andrew commenced in his role in January 2017. Andrew has held executive leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. For the previous 10 years he worked for MWH, a global engineering and environmental consultancy. For most of this time he was the Managing Director of the New Zealand business but more recently he was the Operations Director for Australia and New Zealand while filling various roles in Indonesia and Fiji. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council from 1993 – 2007. Andrew holds a B Com ( Accounting Major) from Canterbury University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ as well as a Companion Member of the Institute of Professional Engineers.

Steve West

ChargeNet NZ
Co-founder, owner, and director of Serato, Steve West is passionate about promoting New Zealand business success, sustainability, and energy independence. His current focus is on accelerating the transition away from fossil fuel based transportation. Putting his money where his mouth is, he founded Charge Net NZ to build the largest Fast DC Charging network in the southern hemisphere.

Ken Shirley

Road Transport Forum
Hon Ken Shirley   * Chief Executive Officer, Road Transport Forum, since 2010.   RTF was formed in 1997 to serve as the single national body representing the NZ trucking industry with responsibilities for Leadership, Policy, Strategy, Advocacy, Communications and Technical Support.   * Member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal.   * Director of MITO.   * Chartered member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.   * Chartered member of the Institute of Directors in N.Z.   * MP 1984 -1990 and 1996 – 2005.   * Former Minister of the Crown (Fisheries, Agriculture, Forestry, Health).   * Former CEO of Forest Owners Association, Researched Medicines New Zealand and Organics N.Z.   * Member of Low Emissions Vehicles Contestable Fund Panel.

David Vinsen

Chief Executive
VIA, the vehicle import association

Malcolm Fraser

The Future Cities Institute
With a background in multinational consulting and digital transformation, entrepreneurship with a successful start-up across 30 countries and a MBA focused on High-Tech Services Design and Management, Malcolm works with governance boards and senior leadership teams in public sector organisations, industry and social enterprises to help them bring about their digital transformation ambitions and better serve our communities. Malcolm helps these organisations to better understand emerging digital technology trends, facilitate insights into Digital Transformation and help develop an ‘Art of the Possible’ for their industries and organisation. He also has deep international experience in designing digital strategies, and understanding the benefits and risks associated with digital transformation and change - including the risks of inaction - to better prepare employees, citizens, and communities for the digital revolution. For more, https://www.linkedin.com/in/malcolmfraser/

Who should attend? 

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



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