Program

8:00AM  ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION


SYMPOSIUM MC
Kathryn Ryan, RNZ National Presenter of the Nine to Noon Show


9:00AM  WELCOME
Celia Wade-Brown, Wellington City Mayor
Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair


9:15AM  GOVERNMENT’S FUTURE TRANSPORT VISION
Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Transport,
Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues


9:30AM  THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC
Malcolm McCulloch, Associate Professor – University of Oxford

Global mega trends – electric vehicles and low emission economies. Applications for businesses – commercial niches within the broad transport transformation. Enabling rapid adoption of revolutionary technologies: ideas, incentives and infrastructure -synchronising supply and demand, lessons for NZ.


10:00AM  THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC

International panellists respond to the keynote speech and discuss developments in their own countries.
Chelsea Sexton, EV Advocate and Advisor – California
David Carley, Senior Advisor – Plugin British Columbia
Christina Bu, Secretary General- Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (via video presentation)


11:15AM  MORNING TEA


11:45AM REALISING AN ELECTRIFIED FUTURE – Meeting challenges and seizing opportunities

Experiences with the current policy and regulatory challenges to EV uptake in New Zealand. Balancing tradeoffs and leveraging partnerships. Developing a planning and investment framework for EVs.
Mike Underhill, Chief Executive – EECA
Greg Skelton, CEO -Wellington Electricity
Martin Matthews, Chief Executive – Ministry of Transport


12:45PM  LUNCH


1:45PM  TRANSFORMATION OF NEW ZEALAND’S BUS FLEETS

The economic, social, health and environmental benefits associated with the electrification of public transport are unquestionable. This presentation will outline the challenges and opportunities inherent to this transformation.

Introduced by GWRC Sustainable Transport Committee Deputy Chair, Sue Kedgley
Johan Olyslagers, Product Division Manager – Carbridge
Pierre Zivec, Fleet and Maintenance Manager – Transdev Australasia
Zane Fulljames, Chief Executive Officer – NZ Bus


3:00PM  DRIVING FOR CHANGE – Enabling transition at a local level

Bringing the day’s international and national presentations into the current local context, we examine the current state of play across regional NZ, with a focus on development in the Wellington region.
Andy Foster, Councillor – WCC
Sigurd Magnusson, Wellington Region EV Working Group Convenor
Sam Bridgman, Sustainability Specialist, Environment – NZ Post


3:30PM  AFTERNOON TEA


4.00PM  DRIVING THE TRANSITION: NZ INCENTIVES & INFRASTRUCTURE

Panellists reflect on the current NZ situation and discuss accelerating the roll out of charging infrastructure, fast tracking commercial fleet change and stepping up the adoption of electric vehicles into public transport. The levers central and local government agencies can pull in partnership with the private sector are put under the spotlight.
Gary Nalder, Board Member – Drive Electric (Panel Chair)
David Silvester, National Planning Manager and Transport Agency Electric Vehicle Programme Director – NZ Transport Agency
Steve West, CEO – Charge Net NZ
Philip Ivanier, Spark Venture Labs
Prof Barry Barton, Waikato University


5.00PM  SUMMARY & CLOSING

Re-capping the most salient issues raised throughout the day, reflecting on New Zealand’s potential and the work that needs to be done to realise an electrified transport sector.
Sigurd Magnusson, Wellington Region EV Working Group Convenor
Celia Wade-Brown, Wellington City Mayor
Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair


5:30-6.30PM  Refreshments

EECA and Northpower invite you to the premier screening of the mini-documentary ‘Charging Up North’ (20 minutes)