III European Electric Vehicle Congress: an intensive debate on e-mobility in Europe

The III European Electric Vehicle Congress (CEVE 2015) took place in Madrid on 23 November at the Spanish National Research Council’s Conference Hall. Organised by AEDIVE the Business Association for the Boosting and Development of the EV Market, it aimed to discuss the situation of the electric vehicle sector in both Europe and Spain and the outlook for its short- and medium-term development. The Congress was supported by various parallel events including the reception at the French ambassador’s residence in Spain that hosted the presentation of the joint initiative between Spain, France and Portugal to promote e-mobility and the Sector Dinner at which the winners of the first AEDIVE sector awards were announced.

The Congress was inaugurated by the president of AEDIVE, Santiago Losada, who highlighted that EEVC 2015 featured an important environmental component in the light of the forthcoming 21st UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) due to take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December. He also drew attention to the traffic measures adopted by the Madrid City Council to combat the high levels of pollution being experienced by the city’s residents in recent days.

This was followed by the keynote speeches entitled “The strategy of Europe, Spain and the challenges of the COP21” with contributions from Begoña Cristeto Blasco, Secretary General for Industry and SMEs of Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism; Carlos Almeida, Director General for Energy and Geology of the Portuguese Government; and Michel Derdevet, Secretary General and member of the Board of France’s ERDF who gave a speech entitled: “Twelve proposals for a common energy infrastructures policy”.

begoña_cristetoIn her presentation, Begoña Cristeto Blasco confirmed that the Movea Programme for alternative mobility vehicles – a merger of the Movele and PIMA Aire programmes – will be approved at the next Cabinet session of 27 November, or at latest, at the following meeting. She highlighted that the EV in Spain, with its 0.3% market share, is lagging well behind countries such as France, with a share of 11%, Germany with 4% and even Italy with 0.5%, not forgetting Norway where the EV accounts for 25% of sales.

The morning session continued with a round table discussion on European policies, financing tools and an analysis of Europe’s market. Taking part in the debate were: Pere Maciàs, president-in-office of the Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility Committee of Spain’s Lower House of Parliament, who chaired the session; Dorothée Coucharrière, head of the European Commission’s Mobility and Transportation policy; Samuele Furfari, Energy Adviser to the European Commission; and Bert Witkamp, Secretary General of AVERE, the European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

Dorothée Coucharrière emphasised the undertaking of governments to adopt the necessary measures to ensure that by 2020, 10% of the fuel used in transport comes from renewable sources. She recalled the obligation of the Member States to lay the foundations to promote the sale of more EVs, to develop the required infrastructures and approve the pertinent legislative frameworks. Along these lines, Coucharrière explained that in the EU as a whole, neither the sales of electric vehicles or the charging infrastructures have taken off, an indispensable factor when generating economies of scale that will help achieve sustainable mobility.

Pere Maciàs commented that, whether we like it or not, some time ago Europe took the decision to dieselise the automobile fleet and that now, and in particular due to the Volkswagen emissions crisis, it is obvious that alternative measures need to be taken which include the electric vehicle. Maciàs stressed the need however to implement an orderly transition over a sufficient timeframe so that it adapts to Europe’s automotive industry. He also pointed out that Spain is well-positioned as an EV manufacturer, with the production of vans and quads in regions such as Catalonia, Galicia, Castilla y León and Murcia.

The afternoon session gave the floor to presentations by both corporate and institutional speakers. Starting with a space dedicated to the charging infrastructure, Douglas Alfaro, Project Developer for Superchargers in Spain at Tesla Motors, gave a presentation on “Europe’s strategy for implementing charging infrastructures”. He was followed by Joaquín Chacón, CEO of Albufera Energy Storage who set out an expert perspective of batteries with a presentation entitled “From lithium-ion to metal-air. The state-of-the-art in EV batteries”.

Elena Bernárdez Llorente, Deputy Director for Commercial Business Development in E-mobility at Endesa, takes part in the round table discussion on European cities and e-mobility.

This was followed by another debate on fast charging European corridors, chaired by Carlos Bergara, Director of Green Mobility at Iberdrola in which the following took part: Sebastien Albertus, head of Charging Infrastructure and Electric Mobility at Renault; Arturo Pérez de Lucia, Director General of AEDIVE; and Alejandro Cros from MINETUR’s SDG on Sectoral Industrial Policies.

There was also a section devoted to innovation, specifically to on-the-go inductive charging, presented by Denis Naberezhnykh, head of Low Emissions Vehicles at ITS Tecnología.

The day concluded with a round table discussion on European cities and e-mobility, chaired by Arturo Pérez de Lucia. Taking part were Elena Bernárdez Llorente, Deputy Director for Commercial Business Development in E-mobility at Endesa; Javier Castaño, head of Projects at the Madrid City Hall Energy Agency; Ramón Pruneda, head of Energy and Mobility Projects at the Barcelona City Hall; and Laurens Van Mourik from the Amsterdam City Hall.

Sustainable corridors:
Spain, Portugal and France,
addressing the electric mobility challenge together

The French ambassador’s residence in Madrid provided the backdrop for the presentation by the Governments of Spain, Portugal and France of the Franco-Spanish-Portuguese initiative to promote electric mobility, the transport sector’s response to climate change.

embajada_franciaThe event was attended by Spain’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina; Portugal’s Minister for Environment, Land Planning and Energy, Jorge Moreira da Silva; the Secretary General for Industry and SMEs of Spain’s MINETUR, Begoña Cristeto Blasco; and the French Ambassador to Spain, Yves Saint-Geours. Portugal, Spain and France believe it is necessary to promote the use of alternative energy in transport. They will present an initiative to boost the use of electric vehicles that will be submitted to the COP21 one week after the conference start.

The three Governments signed a joint declaration to present the conclusions of the Franco-Spanish-Portuguese working groups to develop electric mobility, thereby confirming their support for the French-Iberian charging points corridor project. This project will develop a charging points infrastructure for electric vehicles between the three countries in addition to finding interoperability solutions between the power charging systems and services and the end users.

Following the signature of the document, those attending the event enjoyed a short demonstration of electric vehicles that took place in the gardens of the Embassy itself. Minister García Tejerina was very interested in the vehicles as illustrated by the photos.

Joint declaration by Spain, France and Portugal

To mark the Climate Change Summit in Paris and in order to emphasise the need for an urgent transformation towards a low carbon economy in which every sector has to play its part, the governments of Spain, Portugal and France, through their corresponding energy and environment ministers, believe that the use of alternative energy is indispensable in transport. This declaration highlights the role of the electric vehicle to promote this energy transition and a carbon-free society and as a result, this Franco-Spanish-Portuguese initiative to boost the EV will be presented at the Paris summit.

Transport is an essential factor in our society and offers a high level of potential for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The COP21 will give a clear and significant stimulus to the urgent need to act and has to represent the starting point to implement the necessary transitional measures.

convenio_paisesThe Franco-Spanish-Portuguese initiative to boost the EV identifies ten actions to enhance the deployment of the electric vehicle worldwide. It will launch a working group to develop a public charging points infrastructure project on the Iberian Peninsula, forming part of the introduction of corridors between the countries that will enjoy the support of the three governments concerned. This project will result in the development of interoperability solutions between the users of the energy charging systems and service and the leading utilities in these countries.

1st Edition of the AEDIVE Awards

The winners of the AEDIVE awards, announced during the Sector Dinner sponsored by Endesa, received a sculpture designed by La Casa de Carlota, a studio whose team comprises individuals with intellectual disabilities that, working alongside senior designers, were able to let their imaginations run free to create the four sculptures that were presented during the evening. The different categories of these awards and their winners were as follows:

Trofeos-PremiosThe AEDIVE Award for Innovation in the most outstanding technological project, dissertation or invention was presented to the Walkiria Project. This is the result of a consortium headed up by Telecontrol STM with the participation of entities including the ITE, Technological Energy Institute, Fenie Energía and Amayelas. It offers a cloud-based system that allows the various agents involved to manage the EV charging infrastructure system. This award, received by Oscar Martínez from Telecontrol STM and presented by Mónica Espinosa Caldas, Commercial Business Development Director at Endesa, was the only one to be awarded as a result of a jury decision comprising representatives from the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving, the DGT, CDTI, OECC and ASGECO, that analysed a total of 14 projects submitted.

The AEDIVE Communication Award for the professional or media entity that has best communicated the reality of electric mobility in Spain over the course of 2015, was awarded to Capital Radio. It was presented to Chimo Ortega, director of the motoring section and producer of the programme “Sobre Ruedas”, by the President of AEDIVE, Santiago Losada who commented that not only has this radio station produced several programmes to promote EVs in 2015 but it also has an electric vehicle fleet available for staff mobility.

Lastly two awards were presented for the Stimulus of the Electric Vehicle. The first was received by Ramón Caus, the leading promotor and organiser of ExpoElectric in Barcelona that, after five editions, has already shared the e-mobility message with Barcelona’s residents. The second award in this category went to Roberto San José from Valladolid who in 2011 became Spain’s first “electric taxi driver”. Through his active participation on the social networks and at sector events he has motivated colleagues to join the zero-emission mobility campaign. Their awards were presented by Víctor Audera of the Directorate General for Industry and SMEs at the MINETUR.


Following the presentation, hosted by master of ceremonies Mago More, Víctor Audera gave a speech that brought this first edition of the Sector Dinner organised by AEDIVE to a close. He reaffirmed the association’s commitment and that of the Spanish Government to boost electric mobility, “as this represents a triple opportunity to make strategic progress in the environmental, economic and industrial spheres”.

AEDIVE challenge

The AEDIVE challenge, sponsored by Gesternova, the green electricity supplier, and forming part of the EEVC 2015, is a competition open to the public to find ideas in which individual or group participants can put forward proposals that help boost e-mobility.

The winner of the AEDIVE Challenge was Alberto Martínez with a proposal that gives greater prominence to road safety and environmental education in schools by giving presentations and experientially through games.

A sustainable Congress

vehículos_congresoCEVE 2015 aimed to reinforce the idea of a sustainable economy which in turn converted the event itself into a sustainable congress. The sustainable aspects of the organisation were highlighted by Renault that, as co-sponsor of the event along with Iberdrola, provided participants with their brand EVs to travel to and from the Congress. As such, the breakfast catering service, sponsored by Grupo ETRA and the lunch, sponsored by S&F Consultants, was entrusted to the catering company Subiendo al Sur, a cooperative that offers sustainable and fair trade products.

FuturENERGY at EEVC 2015

FuturENERGY has played an active role in EEVC 2015 from its launch, collaborating in dissemination of the event and in particular, taking part on the day itself.

Every speaker and attendee was given a copy of the latest issue of FuturENERGY featuring electric mobility that was published as a special report in the September edition. You can download a copy by clicking here. This issue formed part of the information dossier handed out to every Congress participant.

Moisés Menéndez, Editor and Community Manager of FuturENERGY, at the wheel of a Renault ZOE, provided by event sponsor Renault to EEVC 2015 attendees to travel to and from the Congress.

Both FuturENERGY’s director, Esperanza Rico and its Editor and Community Manager, Moisés Menéndez attended the Congress presentations and worked hard to disseminate the session findings via the magazine’s social networks. After the Congress closed they attended the session at the French ambassador’s residence and received first-hand details of the joint strategy from Spain, France and Portugal to create sustainable mobility corridors.

Following which they both attended the Sector Dinner where the support of FuturENERGY for the e-mobility sector was left in no doubt, a support that, as would be expected from a media company, translates into ensuing that every advantage offered by electric mobility enjoys the widest possible dissemination.