We are delighted to invite you to a day of discussions which will be held on the 26th of June at the premises of The Office, rue d’Arlon, 80, Brussels.
The event will consist of a presentation of the results of the UNIT-e project, from 14.30 to 17.30, followed by a panel debate on electric mobility, from 18.30 to 20.00.
Although speakers and event details will be announced in the coming days, we are publishing this event now to make sure you save the date.
About the UNIT-e results presentation and the panel debate
Directly affecting public health, especially in city centres, the ever growing emission of CO2, PM and NOx is now high on the political agenda in Europe as well as on a global level. There is now a strong political push towards cleaner mobility. This is opening the field to a wide range of technological developments, for which sound business models still have to be found.
The Commission has recently come out with a set of legislative proposals to decarbonise the transport sector. Electric mobility, the recent progress in batteries allowing to consider the adoption of electric vehicles for intercity journey, is considered part of the solution. The deployment of charging infrastructure to accompany this transition has been supported by the Connecting Europe Facility Program, leading to the existence of fast chargers along mobility corridors in Europe.
From a user’s perspective, this has to be implemented seamlessly, while ensuring a continuity of service when driving across borders. Charging time is also a challenge that must be addressed, compromising between user’s experience and acceptable costs.
This part of the event will present the results of UNIT-e, an EU Project, which deployed the infrastructure and services allowing electric driving from Dublin to Genoa, setting the foundation for an EU-wide interoperability of electro-mobility services.
These presentations will serve as a basis for an open debate between market players and legislators on the way forward for cleaner road transport.
Which is the most adequate infrastructure to support the deployment of electric mobility in Europe? Will the electricity system sustain this additional demand? Are incumbents well-positioned to develop the market or are we awaiting new players? What are the best measures to unleash private investment?
The event will commence with a presentation of the results of the UNIT-e project, from 14.30 to 17.30, with a break of one hour, followed by a panel debate on electric mobility, from 18.30 to 20.00.
After the panel debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.
All our debates are followed by a drink in a convivial atmosphere.
We look forward to seeing you on the 26th of June at The Office, rue d’Arlon, 80, Brussels.
About the UNIT-E project
The European project UNIT-e, co-financed by the European Commission through the CEF program, brings together some important European e-mobility stakeholders such as energy suppliers, constructors, charger suppliers, city operators and academics. These include EDF and its affiliated companies Sodetrel and EDF Luminus, but also Renault, Nissan, BMW, Porto Antico di Genova, IIC (Istituto Internazionale delle Comunicazioni) and ENPC (Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées).
The project foresees the installation of fast charging stations at strategic locations along the Belgian, French, Italian and British motorways. This initiative sets the basis for an operational e-mobility network linking northern and southern Europe.
UNIT-e has created one of the first interoperable fast charging networks for electric vehicles in Europe (close to 300 FC available). It is connected to networks from previous projects including TEN-T, Corri-Door, and RCN. 38 stations «50 kW» have been installed : 5 in France, 6 in the UK, 4 in Italy (+ 4 stations 22 kW on the same sites), 23 in Belgium.
To learn more about the project UNIT-e you can also watch this video
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