City Conversations – EV 2040 – adapting the city for an era of electric vehicles
Thursday 28th September, 6.00 – 8.00pm
The Building Centre
London WC1E 7BT
Chairing: Gavin Thompson, Buro Happold Engineering (Chairing)
Panellists: Robert Llewelyn, Fully charged
Christophe Egret, Studio Egret West
Other panellists to be announced soon
The attractions of electric vehicles (EVs) in the city are manifold – lower emissions and cleaner air, quieter streets (and therefore less need to seal buildings), the consequent benefit to demand management through vehicle to grid connection. There may even be the potential to reclaim the estimated 20+% of the city given over to vehicles. This was once a slow-burning dream, now all of a sudden we have a timetable – just over 20 years to adapt our cities to function with EVs.
The issues are less around the new vehicle technology, more the challenge of transferring our investment from one technology to another. There are the implications for power generation and supply, the reorganisation of the built environment to deal with the delivery of charging points, as well as adapting to new approaches to ownership, mobility as a service and the driverless dream. Is there a hidden downside? Can we find a better way to deliver city mobility than swapping one type of private vehicle for another – public transport systems, cycling and new disruptive models, for example? Have we resolved the battery vs fuel cell debate? Is it overall more sustainable to replace a diesel vehicle with an EV? Can an open market deliver interoperability of changing points and systems? Does battery technology bring unforeseen risks around security of supply, range anxiety, long term recycling?
This Conversation will explore the challenges now facing built environment professionals as the era of EVs begins in earnest.