Task 18, Electric Vehicle Ecosystems, Forms Alliances with Global EV City Projects & Initiatives

March 6, 2012 11:15 AM
EV charging stations will connect three cities in the U.S.
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Task 18 is shaping a global vision for the infrastructure required to support mass adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and how this vision can create smarter cities. An EV ecosystem defines the total system of infrastructure required to support the operation of EVs. The task is capturing practical experience from cities, regions, and businesses that are pioneering advanced EV pilot programs and investigating the markets, technologies, and business models that will operate in EV cities of the future.

The three main activities of Task 18 thus far have been a series of one-day workshops, developing alliances with EV projects around the world, and creating a new web portal for sharing data and lessons from cities that implement EVs.

Task 18 uses a one-day foresight workshop framework as its primary data gathering method. Foresight workshops assemble experts from municipalities, regional authorities, governments, and industry to establish future priorities for EV programs and identify specific areas of opportunity.  Three foresight workshops were held in 2011 in London and Newcastle, United Kingdom, and in Istanbul, Turkey. Additional workshops are planned for Barcelona, Spain (to occur March 20, 2012, before the EV Battery Forum); Berlin, Germany; and Vienna, Austria (dates to be determined).

Also, Task 18 and several of its partners have planned a World EV Cities and Ecosystems Conference for May 5, 2012, in Los Angeles, California, United States, to bring international cities into the dialogue. The date and location coordinate with EVS 26 (Electric Vehicle Symposium). Registration is now open.

Over the last twelve months, Task 18 has developed partnerships with a number of international EV projects focused on cities and regions. These collaborative working relationships will facilitate the sharing of data and resources by connecting Task 18 participants with a more extensive global network. Partners include the Clean Energy Ministerial Electric Vehicle Initiative; the Clinton Climate Change Foundation C40 Cities program; the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Project Get Ready; and the European Commission’s Green eMotion Project.

Finally, Task 18 believes that using a web portal is the best method for instant delivery of worldwide information among participants and partners. This new web portal is under development and is scheduled for a late spring 2012 launch.

Task 18 is in its second year of operation and continues to welcome new members. For more information contact Mr. David Beeton, Task 18 Operating Agent.

Contributed by Mr. David Beeton (United Kingdom), Task 18 Operating Agent