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November 27, 2020
9:15 am - 10:00 am - 27 November 2020
Opening Session
Opening Remarks - 1. Introduction - Room 1
Sit down with your favourite cuppa and make yourself at home to begin today's adventure!

Wake up the brain with a thought-provoking keynote speech from world-renowned environmentalist Tim Flannery.
Hear the latest EV policy announcements from the Victorian Government by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio.

This session will also explain the workings of today's event and what to do if you get lost.


9:20 am
Acknowledgement of Country and welcome to the 2020 EV Vision conference by AEVA president, Chris Nash.
9:25 am
Victoria has one the most ambitious climate and energy policy frameworks in the world. The state's legislated 2050 net-zero emissions target is supported by renewable energy targets of 25% by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
 
The transport sector is responsible for about 20 percent of Victoria's emissions, with road transport accounting for the bulk of that figure. It is also one of the few sectors that has seen an increase in emissions as population and economic growth result in more vehicles on the road. The uptake of electric vehicles will therefore play a vital role in achieving Victoria's 2050 net-zero target.
 
The Minister will outline the actions that the Victorian Government is taking to prepare the ground for the electric vehicle revolution, and explain the role that the transport sector will play in Victoria's energy transition. 
9:35 am
The climate emergency is now entering a crucial phase. Unless global emissions can be reduced 8% per year out to 2030, there is a high probability of reaching climatic tipping points that will see an unstoppable slide to climate catastrophe. The Australian government’s response to the Covid pandemic lays out a clear and viable response that could be applied to tackling the climate emergency. It involves 3 actions – reducing emissions, ensuring that we have sufficient capacity to cope with the unavoidable climatic deterioration, and seeking the equivalent of a vaccine, by getting CO2 out of the atmosphere.  Globally, transport is responsible for around 40% of emissions. Electrification, the use of hydrogen and e-fuels will all be important as the sector transitions to zero emissions. Electric vehicles have a hugely important role to play in both public and private transport. An overview of clean energy in transport will be given.

9:50 am
Beyhad Jafari from the Electric Vehicle Council on the recent SA, Vic and NSW proposals for taxing EVs.
November 27, 2020
10:00 am - 10:15 am - 27 November 2020
Morning Break
Break - - Room 1, Room 2, Room 3
November 27, 2020
10:15 am - 11:15 am - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 1: Industry - Block A
Concurrent Session - 2. Industry - Room 1
Hear how the grid is being set-up to handle the rEVolution. Presentations from energy providers and researchers.


10:15 am
EVs uniquely sit between energy and transport. Not only can your car get you to the shops, it can also power your home or the grid. My talk will paint a picture of some of the new ways you might be using your car’s battery in the future – focussing on international experience.
10:27 am
AGL is striving to make EVs easy for Australians by removing the barriers to EV uptake, reducing costs, and enhancing the ownership experience. Without intelligent charging, the uptake of EVs may lead to higher energy costs for all consumers; learn how AGL is seeking to define the path forward for EV ‘orchestration’ in Australia by adding EVs to our Virtual Power Plant and harnessing the benefits of EVs for all consumers.  
10:41 am
Energy Queensland launched the EV Smart Charge program in May 2020. Hear some early insights on driving and charging behaviours of participants involved in the program. 
10:54 am
The time to ask questions arising from our Industry Block A speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC John Harris  and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
-  Laura Jones (ANU)
- Jane Butler (AGL)
- Ian McGregor (Ergon/Energex)

10:15 am - 11:15 am - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 2: Leaders and Followers - Block A
Concurrent Session - 4. Leaders and Followers - Room 2
Round-table discussion.

10:15 am
 A round-table discussion looking at the question of how EV Associations can best support and promote the EV transition according to their local conditions.
Hear from EVA representatives from around the world on what they do and how they work. Discussion lead by AEVA national Vice-Chair, Clive Attwater. 

10:15 am - 11:15 am - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 3: EV Charging - Block A
Concurrent Session - 6. EV Charging - Room 3
EV Charging is simple, but very different to refuelling at a pump where you stand in all weathers until your car has had its fill. In this section of the EV Charging theme, you will hear all about your AC charging options.

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10:15 am
6 things to consider when buying a charging station for your electric car
 
Your electric car has been delivered to you. Now what? How does charging actually work? Which charging station is the right one for me, and what do I need to bear in mind when buying one? 
 
This presentation will take you through a step by step process of selecting and installing the right charging station for your present and future needs, and will include an overview of how to minimise charging costs by making use of EV tariffs and maximising solar energy to recharge your electric vehicle 
10:24 am
EV charging frees you from the tyranny of fuel company price cycles, station location and standing waiting for the tank to fill. On the other hand it opens up a new paradigm involving choosing your charging method, speed and price.
 In this talk, Bryce Gaton presents a layman's guide to how quickly EVs can be charged via the different charging options, and how to choose the best option for your driving pattern.
10:33 am
Charging:
Which cables do you need to keep in the boot of your EV?
Many EV drivers are confused about public charging - how they work, how to pay and what's the best way to get a cost-effective top up. Others have a boot full of cables that they'll rarely use (but thought they needed). What's the most effective way to charge your EV while you're on the road?
EVolution Australia provides advice and education about the most efficient ways to access public charging locations, whether you're visiting the shops or doing a lap of Australia. Director Russ Shepherd breaks down the best ways to charge on-the-run and how to balance it with charging up overnight at home. 
10:42 am
Everyone talks about EVs as "batteries on wheels", but what does it mean for consumers, businesses and our grid? Is it all positive, or are there negatives to V2X as well?  
Tim Washington will explore the paths that lie ahead, and the opportunities and challenges Australia faces in the adoption of this all important technology. 
10:51 am
The time to ask questions arising from our EV Charging Block A speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by MC Kristian Hanberg and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Bryce Gaton (AEVA; The Driven)
- Sam Korkees (evse.com.au)
- Russ Shepherd (EVolution)
- Tim Washington (CEO JetCharge; Chair EVC)

November 27, 2020
11:16 am - 11:30 am - 27 November 2020
AM stream break
Break - - Room 1, Room 2, Room 3
November 27, 2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 1: Industry - Block B
Concurrent Session - 2. Industry - Room 1
11:30 am
Beyond Zero Emissions' plans show how Australia can eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors. In this talk, Michael Lord will describe how electric vehicles fit with Australia's broader zero carbon future. He will also discuss:
•             how renewable energy can power electric vehicles including, cars, trains, trucks and mining vehicles. 
•             the role of EVs in supporting the decarbonisation of the electricity sector
•             the impact on transport costs and national energy security
•             supporting government policies. 
11:44 am
Jonathan’s presentation will highlight Infrastructure Victoria’s world-leading advice and recommendations to the Victorian Government on the infrastructure required to enable highly automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria, completed in October 2018. 

11:57 am
The talk will discuss the current GHG emissions performance of the Australian on-road fleet, and the main factors that contribute to an unexpected increase rather than a decrease in these national emissions. It will then discuss the case for rapid electrification of the Australian fleet, the delays due to fleet turnover and the expected impacts on emissions in different scenarios (fossil-fuelled vs. more renewables in the electricty sector etc.). 
12:11 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our Industry Block B speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC John Harris  and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Michael Lord (BZE)
- Jonathan Spear (Infrastructure Victoria)
- Robin Smit (UTS)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 2: Leaders and Followers - Block B
Concurrent Session - 4. Leaders and Followers - Room 2
11:30 am
One of the greatest exposures to toxic air pollution for our children is on the way to and from school. In an environment where our children should be safe and protected, they are often breathing in dangerous emissions from idling cars and buses parked in school grounds. This daily exposure can lead to asthma and allergies, and is also linked to delayed learning.
 
The Idle Off Project helps secondary students identify and mitigate the risks of idling vehicles, helping them to create a plan to communicate the Idle Off message with parents and bus companies. Co-founded by a small team from the health and EV sectors, The Idle Off Project is being rolled out to schools in Australia and New Zealand.  
11:42 am
For most shoppers, it is a big mental undertaking to research and evaluate options before buying any car.  As electric cars are relatively new innovations, shopping for them can be more complex than a traditional vehicle. Finding quality information can be tough and finding someone you trust to talk to without pressure to buy is even tougher.
 
Introducing Whirl. Whirl makes early-stage EV shopping easy and accessible by matching willing EV owners with curious EV shoppers for a real-world, informative trial without any pressure to buy.
 
11:56 am
Led by the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance, 54 Victorian Councils joined together to better understand their role in providing/ facilitating public electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Victoria. Their vision, a dense state-wide network of electric vehicle fast charging infrastructure. The first phase of this project is now complete, and work is underway on next steps. The talk will give an overview of the project and the key findings.
12:10 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our Leaders and Followers Block B speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC Natalie Bucknell and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Emma Sutcliffe (IdleOff)
- Dr Alina Dini (Whirl)
- Rob Law (CVGA)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 3: EV Charging - Block B:
Concurrent Session - 6. EV Charging - Room 3
DC charging is the key to long-distance EV travel times equalling those of the Internal Combustion Engine vehicle. In this section of the EV Charging theme, you will hear all about your DC charging options - and some possible future trends…


11:30 am
After several years of operation, construction of a nationwide ultra-rapid network and expansion into charging services around fleet and apartment charging, Chargefox has learned a lot about how Australian's use EV chargers.  With thousands of drivers, 140,000+ charging sessions and millions of kilometres travelled they're learning all the time about how to adapt for local usage.
 
Marty will explore some of the insights from that growth in usage on the network over several years, sharing interesting stats and stories from the lessons that have been learned. 
11:38 am
Evie Networks has committed to building Australia’s largest open-access fast and ultra-fast charging network, and our 350kW highway network rollout is now well underway with ARENA’s support.
This talk will share Evie’s experiences to date in highway site acquisition, power design, field deployment and customer operations, and also help to illustrate the underlying costs of owning and operating a national ultra-fast charging network.
Evie will also share its views on the future roadmap for DC charging technology and the opportunities to deploy networks in other market segments, such as for metropolitan fast charging. 
11:47 am
AC charging is still used today simply because EVs are still supplied with on-board chargers. However this pairing of hardware will struggle to maintain relevance as the electric mobility industry matures. 
The average electric vehicle battery capacity has increased by 250% since 2012. Today’s battery capacities are capable of delivering an average 354km (220 miles) on a full charge. With the average single day commute around 64km (40 miles), it is uncommon for EVs to run the battery flat. As a result, bulky on-board chargers are becoming redundant as they no longer serve as the fail-safe device they once did. Rectifier Technologies specialises in developing and manufacturing high efficiency power conversion products, and is leveraging its expertise to offer chargers as the industry transitions to using low power DC. 
11:56 am
Where and how do EV drivers charge? Ultra-rapid charging on the go is certainly a must-have when travelling long distances. However, the average Australian EV driver drives only 40kms per day and it's very convenient to charge where vehicles are parked for a few hours. This includes locations like workplaces, shopping centres, public car parks and many more. 
Companies are also transitioning their fleet to EVs and are therefore installing charging infrastructure at their offices. A handful of chargers is usually not a problem but what if you need more? How do you manage the load and avoid costly upgrades? 
12:05 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our EV Charging Block B speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC John Harris  and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Andrew Simpson (Evie)
- Marty Andrews (ChargeFox)
- Nicholas Yeo (Rectifier Technologies)
- Carola Jonas (Everty)

November 27, 2020
12:31 pm - 1:30 pm - 27 November 2020
Lunch break
Break - - Room 1, Room 2, Room 3
November 27, 2020
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 1: 2020 EV Vision - Block A
Concurrent Session - 3. 2020 EV Vision - Room 1
1:30 pm
Background on SEA Electric, why you should move your commercial fleet to EV, commercial EV total cost of ownership, case studies and examples of SEA Electric EVs deployed and on the road. 
1:30 pm
After developing and commercialising electric VTOL drones for more than a decade, Josh saw the opportunity to scale up the technology to the manned aviation industry and started Electro.Aero.
 
Over the five years, Electro.Aero has achieved many world firsts in electric mobility including:
• Developed one of the first compact proof of concept personal VTOL aircraft prototypes that we called FlyKart, that employed 8 electric ducted fans to carry a person vertically. 
• Obtained the first CASA light sport accreditation in Australia for the world’s first two seat electric aircraft at the start of 2018, becoming the first and only company profiting from electric aviation to date. 
• Wrote the SAE International standard for electric aircraft charging and are the first company to develop and sell dedicated electric aircraft chargers, compliant to the international standard. 
• Last year, developed the world’s first actively stabilized electric hydrofoil personal watercraft called the WaveFlyer, which quite literally flies over waves. 
• This year, built and flew the world’s first two seat electric ducted fan microlight aircraft.
In this talk Josh will share some lessons learnt from these projects and other contract work undertaken on various electric aircraft projects, including Bell, XTI Aircraft and NASA to name a few. 
1:39 pm
The E-ferry Ellen is a fully electric regional ferry that sails a 40 km round trip between charges, up to seven times a day. This means that Ellen sails seven times longer than any other electric ferry currently in operation. Ellen signifies a revolution in maritime e-mobility, because it can replace traditional diesel ferries on thousands of local and regional routes around the globe.
Ellen sails in southern Denmark, where it has been in regular operation for more than a year. During the presentation, Halfdan Abrahamsen will explain how a small island community of 6000 people managed to design and build the ferry, and he will present the numbers and data from the recent evaluation report published after the first year of operation. 
The evaluation has shown that Ellen can reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, but what about the economy? As we will see, the economical figures might come as a surprise to many, it turns out that sailing fully electric is a great choice for more than environmental reasons. 
1:48 pm
A summary of GB Auto Group and GB Electric Vehicles and the roles of each business, an overview of the Tembo 4x4 e-LV product and benefits, in addition to the opportunities and challenges we have faced and what the future looks like.
1:57 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our 2020 EV Vision Block A speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC John Harris and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Glen Walker (SEA Vehicles)
- Josh Portlock (Electro-aero)
- Bill Dunlop (GB Auto)
- Halfdan Abrahamsen (Ærø EnergyLab, Norway)

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 2: EV Hacker - Block A
Concurrent Session - 5. EV Hacker - Room 2
1:30 pm
The Good Car Company discusses the delivery of Australia's first electric vehicle community bulk-buy.  The bulk-buy delivered 24 EV's onto Hobart streets and has changed perceptions in the community about the pace of the EV transition.  The Good Car Company is rolling out the model nationally with bulk buys scheduled in three other states and hopes to put thousands of additional EV's on Australia's roads. 
1:44 pm
In this short video, you will be introduced to EVs Enhanced and taken through the evolution of the Nissan Leaf High Voltage Battery Pack from 2010 up to the present day. We will show you some of the differences and improvements made with each generation and discuss some of our own product developments which allow us to harness these improvements for use in older model Nissan Leafs. 
1:52 pm
When buying a second-hand EV, it can be difficult to accurately assess the health of the battery. The data is there - but hard to access. Some enterprising App developers however have come up with solutions!
In this presentation, Bryce Gaton will take you through some of the common apps available and explain how they work using the example of a 2011 Leaf.
2:06 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our EV Hacker Block A speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC Natalie Bucknell  and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Anton Vikstrom (GoodCar)
- Walter Larason (EVs Enhanced)
- Bryce Gaton (AEVA; The Driven)

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 3: On 2 Wheels - Block A
Concurrent Session - 7. On 2 Wheels - Room 3
A whole stream devoted to 2-wheeled electric transport options! This session covers electric motorbikes and larger EV scooters, along with the legislative hurdles in the way of Australia-wide adoption of light scooter EVs.


1:30 pm
Despite electric motorcycles having been around for at least a decade, they remain a niche market within a niche market.  One would think that an electric motorcycle would be cheaper and easier to produce than an electric car, and while this is true, the market is fickle and small in comparison to four-wheelers.  While early adopters will pay a premium for something special, the numbers are still a tall order for most motorcycle enthusiasts.  Chris looks at the case for electrified two-wheelers, the currently available options on the market,  and what needs to happen for things to change.  
1:58 pm
Two and three wheeled electric scooters are well-established overseas to provide convenient, portable transport for the "last mile" of commuting, as well as for fun and recreation.  As with most things EV, Australia is dragging the chain, and only several States/Territories have enacted legislation to permit legal use of these small vehicles on roadways, paths and cycleways.  Pete will outline the current situation across the country, and propose an AEVA-led effort to rectify the situation nationally. 
2:12 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our On 2 Wheels block A speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC Kristian Hanberg and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Dr Chris Jones (AEVA)
- Michelle Nazzari (Fonzarelli)
- Pete Gorton (bisi Pty Ltd/RevBikes)
November 27, 2020
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm - 27 November 2020
PM stream break
Break - - Room 1, Room 2, Room 3
November 27, 2020
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 1: 2020 EV Vision - Block B
Concurrent Session - 3. 2020 EV Vision - Room 1
2:45 pm
The push to decarbonise the global mobility sector through electrification is quickly gathering pace, but is Australia ready to make the transition to zero emission transport? As the only brand in the marketplace with all four electric drivetrains (hybrid, plug-in, battery and hydrogen fuel cell), Hyundai believes the time for Australia is now. Scott Nargar will present Hyundai's strategy for the introduction of eco cars locally and the work they're doing with governments and industry to accelerate their integration into the Australian market.
2:57 pm
The Nissan Intelligent Mobility philosophy is the framework for Nissan’s approach to both current product and technologies as well as driving future innovations to meet the changing needs of both our customers and that of the wider society.  Join Nissan’s national manager for electrification and mobility, Ben Warren, in taking a look at how this approach translates into the products and technologies Nissan are bringing to market today, and where this is going for tomorrow and beyond.
3:09 pm
Explanation of the value of EV’s in the mining industry and what the Australian approach to building an EV is.
3:13 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our EV Vision block B speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC John Harris and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Scott Nargar (Hyundai)
- Ben Warren (Nissan)
- Steve Durkin (Bortana/Safescape)
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 2: EV Hacker - Block B
Concurrent Session - 5. EV Hacker - Room 2
Converting a fossil car or old bicycle to EV is fun to do and can be a rewarding experience if done well. Hear from a variety of EV conversion businesses about the conversion process.

2:45 pm
Conversions:
EVUp's EV data forecasts price parity by 2024, which will lead to a 'leapfrog' effect for consumers; why buy an ICE when an EV has a similar upfront price, but much lower running costs? A portion of the new car market will become unsaleable as a result.
As conversion technology and know-how develops to enable compact, fast and affordable replacement processes, the at-scale conversion of new, specialist and fleet vehicles can become a reality. The Electric Car Café at EVolution is Australia's only dedicated EV workshop specialising in conversions, repairs and servicing, with a team focused on advancing conversion technology, knowledge and processes to enable at-scale repurposing of older cars to electric drive. 
Projects currently underway include Australia’s first electric tradie ute and the experimental skunkworks conversion of a specialist fleet vehicle.
 
2:57 pm
Graeme will speak on the whys and wherefores of selecting an appropriate donor car to convert to electric, as well as introduce the key questions to consider when choosing the donor car, the technology and the drive system. He will also remind you to consider the ultimate question of “why am I doing this?” and how this impacts on all aspects of the design and build process.
3:09 pm
Electric Bicycles solve many of the problems caused by the current transport model... from traffic congestion to obesity, pollution & GHG emissions, parking, and rising fuel costs.
Since most people have a bicycle already, there is an EV-in-waiting already hanging in most Aussie garages.  You'll definitely feel the wind in your hair, and the budget starts well below $2000! 
A passionate advocate for quality E-Bike Conversions, RevBecca will outline the installation requirements for retrofitting motors to existing bikes, demonstrate the different motor & battery options available, and explain how to choose the ideal system to suit your needs.

3:21 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our EV Hacker Block B speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC Natalie Bucknell  and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Rus Shepherd (EVolution)
- Graeme Manietta (DIY-EV)
- Rebecca Lee (Rev Bikes)

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - 27 November 2020
Concurrent 3: On 2 Wheels Block B
Concurrent Session - 7. On 2 Wheels - Room 3
This session covers electric bicycles, light scooters and light delivery EVs.

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2:45 pm
An e-bike can be a "big ticket" purchase so the idea is to ensure buying the one that best suits you. The talk will focus on the concepts of "cheating", why it is good to get one and how to understand what you are buying.  
2:59 pm
Zoomo operate across the USA, UK and Australia providing Light Electric Vehicles as a service to the Australian and global market.  Mina’s talk will cover:
1.       Zoomo’s journey to date (2017- present);
2.       Our market, use case and product/service;
3.       Series A fundraise and CEFC equity investment (why we approached CEFC and how we are using the money); and
4.       Our plans – in Australia and abroad.
3:13 pm
Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs) can provide efficient solutions for the transport of goods and people in urban environments for existing businesses, but at the same time also can provide the basis for new and innovative business models in areas of hyperlocal delivery and shared mobility. This presentation will explore some of these uses and provide an overview of commercial use of Light Electric Vehicles. 
3:27 pm
The time to ask questions arising from our On 2 Wheels block B speakers.
Questions to be submitted via the Q&A function. These will be read out to the speakers by the stream MC Kristian Handberg and answered live.
Speakers this session were:
- Sue Tomkinson (AEVA)
- Mina Nada (Zoomo)
- Wolfgang Roffmann (e-Motion Concepts)
November 27, 2020
3:46 pm - 4:00 pm - 27 November 2020
Late afternoon break
Break - - Room 1, Room 2, Room 3
November 27, 2020
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm - 27 November 2020
Plenary Session
Plenary Session - 8. Plenary - Room 1
Wrap-up of the day and a look at the best way forward to smooth the EV transition in Australia


4:00 pm
 End of day, round-table discussion focusing on the topic of 'how do we progress Australia's EV future from here?', based on what has been presented throughout the day and the collective experience of the final panel.