GTM Research will present highlights and key findings from market research on the topic of The Networked EV: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles, including a market outlook of challenges, technology solutions and architectural trends at the intersection of smart grids and electric vehicles. This opening session will look primarily at optimizing grid infrastructure for the coming growth of connected EVs, share utility trends surrounding EV deployments, and provide a global market forecast for EV deployment, thereby setting the stage for the rest of the day's sessions.
EVs aren't new, but the next-generation of EVs hitting the market in 2011 and beyond mark the first time in the history of EVs where price and performance live up to the hype of the long-awaited electric vehicle. But what does the future hold? What new technology innovation will define the next wave of EVs? What are EV manufacturers and their suppliers doing to reduce costs? How will consumer adoption of EVs unfold over the next decade? Although high-performance, low-cost battery and storage technology has long been the achilles heel of the EV industry, and thereby one of it's greatest segments of innovation, a slew of other advanced technologies from advanced power electronics to software and control systems are important parts of this new industry ecosystem. This session will explore the variety of companies and products that are coming to market 2011 and beyond what to expect from the automotive manufacturing world over the next decade.
Moderator: Eric Wesoff, Senior Editor, Greentech Media
Jim Francfort, Principal Investigator for the Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity, Idaho National Laboratory
Jit Bhattacharya, CEO, Mission Motors
Leo McCloskey, Vice President, Marketing, Airbiquity Inc.
The critical relationship between distribution automation (DA) and EVs is evolving rapidly. A growth in EV penetration will force existing distribution grid protection schemes to be re-addressed and re-architected, while new feeder configurations will also need to be implemented. The technical requirements to support EVs are still not very well understood, and questions abound. This session examines in detail the technology and planning considerations that will enable a successful smart grid-EV convergence. The session will analyze hot button issues such as transformer build-out and advanced metering (AMI) and charging infrastructure, but also expands the conversation beyond these known challenges to highlight emerging smart grid solutions for the EV market. These solutions include communications standards and protocols that act as the "digital handshake" between the grid and the EV, as well as distribution automation (DA) technologies that will enable a more self-aware grid capable of autonomously self-correcting based on EV consumption patterns and moment-to-moment grid conditions.
Moderator: David J. Leeds, Senior Manager, Smart Grid Research, GTM Research
Dan Bowermaster, Manager, Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles, On-bill Financing, and Emerging Technologies, PG&E
John LoPorto, President and CEO, Power Tagging
Phil Davis, Senior Manager, Demand Response Solutions, Schneider Electric
Stephen Callahan, VP and Partner, Smart Grid Leader - Americas, IBM
The mass scale of EVs simply cannot happen without an intelligent, networked charging infrastructure in place to ensure convenient, rapid charging of electric vehicles, whether at home or on the go. Underpinning this scale will be a smart, networked charging infrastructure that is in the early phases of being specified, developed and deployed. With that said, many questions exist around a robust charging infrastructure, from the networking standards, to the policies surrounding various charging options and pricing, to the use of a "closed" charging infrastructure versus an open networked charging infrastructure that is tightly integrated with existing smart grid networks, to mobile billing, accounting, network authentication, etc.. This session will explore the technologies, standards, policies, business models, and architectural options for networked charging infrastructure.
Moderator: Emma Ritch, Senior Smart Grid Analyst, GTM Research
Although EVs represent one of the hotter markets within larger smart grid and greentech circles, its future remains unclear. Does it have the chops to become a new mass market or will it remain a market niche? Entrepreneur and advocate Felix Kramer, founder of The California Cars Initiative, reviews how a groundswell of public awareness and support intersected with new technologies and an auto industry that needed to evolve. He identifies future factors that will promote or hinder levels of market penetration -- and where continuing or abandoning BAU (Business As Usual) fits in.
After his presentation, Felix will be taking audience questions and defending his position.
Travis Bradford is the founder and president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development. He has pioneered data-driven economic analysis of smart grid and renewable energy issues. His publications include Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry (MIT Press, 2008), as well as many groundbreaking
research reports on clean technologies.
Most recently, Travis co-authored Electric Vehicles 2011: Technology, Economics, and Market, a strategic analysis of the supply and demand dynamics affecting global EV market adoption. Including a review of his report findings, Travis will explore the current and forecasted business opportunities associated with the electriﬁcation of personal transport.