Plenary Sessions

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Oct, 28 - Amphitheater 10.00 - 11.00

Renaissance and Global Electric Vehicle Development - Prof. C.C. Chan, University of Hong Kong

To cope with the current complex economical, societal and technical challenges in the new era, it is vital to be open-minded. Namely, to integrate the oriental ancient civilization and the western modern civilization, to uphold the spirit of renaissance. Renaissance scientists and engineers are those not only understand Why and How Things work but also on Why and How the World works. The characters of renaissance scientists and engineers can be summarized as 1. Global thinking instead of local thinking; 2. Circle thinking instead of linear thinking; 3. Closed loop thinking instead of open loop thinking; 4. Life cycle thinking instead of partial life thinking; and 5. Harmony thinking between human and nature. In short, we should have all round universe perspectives. We should be open-minded. We should promote the philosophy of engineering, which is system integration. These are the philosophical guidance for global electric vehicles development.
The dawn of the commercialization of electric vehicles is coming. However, we still need to pass through the remaining darkness to reach the morning mist and the bright sunshine. With no doubt, electric vehicles will become a paradigm in the new era. The success of commercialization of electric vehicles depends on the satisfactory tackling of four factors: initial cost, convenience of use, energy consumption and exhaust emission. Therefore, we need to pay further efforts towards the following three fundamental enablers or three goodness factors:

1. Availability of good performance products at affordable cost; 
2. Availability of good infrastructures that is efficient and friendly to use;
3. Availability of good business model to leverage the cost of barrier.

In this connection, we need to integrate the policy, industry and market. We need the hand shake among key players in the automobile industry and the electric power industry. Electric vehicle industry can be a disruptive industry, since the function, production and commercial chain of electric vehicles are not at all the same as conventional vehicles. In terms of function, electric vehicle is not only just a transportation means, but also an electric device with moving energy storage capability. Thus the integration of electric vehicles and smart gird, of electric vehicles and information and communication technologies, is quite essential. Such integration and collaboration should aim at gradually achieving the common goal of four zeros: zero emission, zero gasoline, zero traffic accident, and zero traffic jam. In this keynote speech, the global state of the art of electric vehicles, their key technologies and infrastructures will be addressed.


  Prof. C. C. Chan holds BSc, MSc, PhD, HonDSc, HonDTech degrees and has had over 50 years academic and industrial experience. He is currently Honorary Professor and Former Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Hong Kong, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Germany and the Past President of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He has served as Guest Professor of a number of well-known universities around the world, including MIT, University of California Berkeley, University of Cambridge, etc. He is the Founder of the World Electric Vehicle Association. He serves as Senior Consultant to governments and industries worldwide. Prof. Chan is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Ukraine Academy of Engineering Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Engineering and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IET and HKIE. He received the IEE International Lecture Medal in 2000; selected as one of Asia’s Best Technology Pioneers by Asiaweek in 2001; named as “Father of Asian Electric Vehicles” by Magazine Global View;  named as “Pitamaha (Grandfather) of Electric Vehicle Technology” in India; received the “Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award” from the Society of Automotive Engineers U.S.A; Gold Medal of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2010; Medal for Engineering Excellence from the World Federation of Engineering organizations (WFEO) in 2013, Prince Philip Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.


Oct, 29 - Amphitheater 9.30 - 11.00

European Comission Strategy for Green Car - Eng. Maurizio Maggiore, European Commission - DG Research & Innovation, Belgium

The European Green Car Initiative, which started as part of the recovery package launched by the European Commission in response to the world financial crisis, has evolved into the contractual Public Private Partnership European Green Vehicle Initiative. Results from the first, which start to become available, will be analysed, while the scope and perspectives of the second will be outlined.

EV charging infrastrutucture, an overview - Eng. Pedro Silva, EFACEC Electric Mobility, S.A., Portugal

Efacec is a technologic company with a long history of more than 60 years. It started the activity in electric mobility in 2009 and is today a world leader in charging solutions for electric vehicles, providing solutions in 4 continents, and serving the most demanding markets and customers, including the most important service providers.
In this presentation a brief description of the timeline and the main achievements that led to this position will be presented.
A complete range of solutions covering many different aspects of electric vehicle charging will be presented, from standards to applications, from network and system operation to the simple facts of electric vehicle charging will be discussed. Finally some of the main challenges and future developments will be presented.


  Eng. Maurizio Maggiore is currently working at the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Technology Development, Surface Transport Unit, he has been responsible for automotive and maritime projects dealing with conventional powertrains and electric drives. He is also responsible for the technical content of the Green Car Initiative. In the past he has also been responsible for Aftertreatment and Light structures projects in the Road sector. Born in Como, Italy, he earned a Degree in aerospace engineering at Milan Polytechnic in 1985, after which he joined Agusta, the Italian helicopter manufacturer. He worked there for 15 years, initially in the Advanced Design Dept, and later in the Research Coordination office, mostly managing EU-funded cooperative research projects in different areas such as aerodynamics, interior and exterior noise, concurrent engineering, training, gearbox design. A fervent supporter of the need to increase the awareness of technology in the general public, after more than 20 years as a part time freelance science and technology journalist, in 2000 he was asked to contribute to starting a technology divulgation magazine, acting as the Chief editor for mechanical technologies before joining the Commission in 2002.
  Eng. Pedro Silva is Managing Director and Member of the board of EFACEC Electric Mobility, S.A.
Title of Specialist in Transports by the Portuguese Engineers Order
Executive MBA in Business Management
Graduated in Electrical and Computers Engineering by Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto Member of the board of APVE – Portuguese Association for the electric vehicle


Oct, 30 - Amphitheater 9.00

BMW's vision for electric mobility - Eng. Rui Bica, BMW Portugal

  Eng. Rui Bica is BMW i Coordinator at BMW Portugal – BMW Group.
Graduated in Mechanical Engineering by Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa
Consultant and technical experience in automotive market since 1992. Worked in several areas including Operations, Product Development, Pricing, Quality and Sales.
Product development approach, with heavy emphasis on Customer focus, electric mobility and fleet management. Brand Representative at APVE – Portuguese Association for the electric vehicle