Transportation electrification: new challenges for utilities

 

When: 2016

Where: Canada

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Share issues critical to utilities’ business models in developing electric transportation and electric vehicle infrastructure

When: 2016

Where: Canada

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Transportation electrification opens many new opportunities for electricity companies around the world. On June 22, 2016, we hosted a panel discussion, complementary to the 29th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS29) in Montreal, on the challenges utilities face in accelerating transportation electrification. The discussion centred on the issues critical to utilities’ business models in developing electric transportation and experiences and perspectives from companies on deploying electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. The event was organized in collaboration with Electric Mobility Canada (EMC).

 

Panelists agreed that transportation electrification will play a key role in the future of energy systems, and that EVs can help utilities and countries move towards their decarbonization goals. Past experiences in deploying EV infrastructure and programs were shared, and panelists and audience members openly exchanged ideas on what could be done in the future.

 

Some 40 representatives from North American and European utilities, electric vehicle companies and associations, and research and development groups attended the conference.

“When we talk about the development of transportation, the first question is why: why is a utility like Enel working in transportation? In the end, it’s energy storage, and it’s a very important asset in the energy system.”

Jorge Sánchez Cifuentes, Head of Living Labs and Innovation in Network Technology at Enel

“Our focus coming in the next few years is really on the DC Fast Chargers (DC FC). We want to cover all the major highways. We are doing one DC FC per location all along the highways but eventually we want to build the station of the future: stations where we have several DC FCs.”

France Lampron, Director of Transportation Electrification at Hydro-Québec

Participating members and partners

  • Hydro-Québec
  • Enel
  • Electric Mobility Canada
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