Developments in electric transportation

In the transition towards more sustainable transportation many options are considered, one of which is electric transport. A transition to electric transport will ask for changes in all aspects of the chain, from car-design to grid-architecture to power production. It will also pose new (business) opportunities for the actors involved.

This evening the focus will be on ongoing developments and perspectives from a power producer (Essent) and a network company (Alliander).


19.15                   Coffee
19.30 – 19.45      Welcome
19.45 – 20.15      Essent’s perspective on electric transport by Steef Pelgrom
20.15 – 20.45      Alliander’s perspective on electric transport by Peter van der Sluijs
20.45 – 21.00      Short break
21.00 – 21.30      Questions and debate
21.30…                Drinks at ‘Weeshuis’
Summary of the evening!

Last Tuesday the 9th of March YES-DC has organised an evening information session about developments in the field of electric vehicles (EV’s). The evening was held in the stylish Academiegebouw located at the Domplein in Utrecht and featured two speakers. Steef Pelgrom from Essent and Peter van der Sluijs from Alliander. They each delivered lively presentations: Steef’s presentation was focused on the supply chain side of electric automotive transportation. He compared for example EV’s with conventional transportation and clearly illustrated how they are not only more efficient, but also that being able to use electricity has notable advantages over liquid transportation fuel use. After a short break Peter from the network company Alliander started his talk: He spoke about his role as program manager electric transportation which he holds at the network company and how they are pro-actively planning for changes that will have to come to their network. To illustrate, is everybody would plug in his or her electric car in the grid when coming home at six the peak capacity of the grid would have to be 2,5 times as high as it is now. That’s why smart solutions are being examined, also for the network of loading points for electric cars which is currently being rolled out.

There were around twenty people attending and they were very well informed on the subject. This led to plenty of questions being asked and the discussion actually had to be stopped somewhere past 10 O’clock because the building was closing. Luckily YES-DC had arranged a Think City EV from Alliander which was parked in front of the building, some small test drives were made and the evening was concluded with a round of drinks at the Weeshuis accross the Domplein.