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Vehicle and Grid Seminar


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Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) are emerging as promising alternative solutions in the transportation sector to reduce or replace the dependency on fossil fuels and combat emissions commensurate with conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

Date and Time

27 February 2019 - 09:30-16:30


Coventry, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Contact Ashley Rowe at arowe@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Road transportation accounts for roughly one-third of the UK energy usage thus the migration of some or potentially all of this energy usage from liquid to electrical networks will have major implications on the electrical power supply industry. To date, opinion on the impact of future “more electric” vehicles on the UK electrical power supply network varies from a minimal to major disruption.

The focus of this meeting is to investigate these issues. While there have been many vehicle-to-grid (V2G) seminars discussing the potential schemes and equipment to support future more electric systems, this meeting aims to explore the fundamental technical, economic and societal challenges to be addressed and to explore pathway requirements should the UK move to a high percentage of more electric vehicles in the near future.


09:30 Registration, tea/coffee and networking
10:00 Setting the Scene

Prof. Nigel Schofield, University of Huddersfield, UK.

10:20 “Energy networks – the enabler, not the barrier”

Graeme Cooper, Project Director - Electric Vehicles, National Grid

10:50 Automotive speaker


11:20 Are we ready for electric cars?

Prof. Averil Macdonald OBE, Emeritus Professor University of Reading.

11:50 General Q&A for morning session

All morning speakers

12:00 Lunch and networking break
13:00 “The changing shape of the EV Fleet Industry”

Bernard Magee
Head of Strategy & Marketing – Power Networks, Siemens

13:30 Our electrical networks readiness for Electric Vehicles

Vandad Hamidi, Market Director, Electrical Networks (Transmission & Distribution), W S Atkins.

14:00 Electric Nation - Understanding Domestic Charging

Ricky Duke, Innovation & Low Carbon Network Engineer, Western Power Distribution.

14:30 Tea, coffee and networking break
15:00 Smart Hubs - An integrated solution for EV Charging, Solar Power and Energy Storage.

Simon Terry, Principal Consultant, Ricardo.

15:30 The business case for the integration of electric vehicles and electrical power grids: a UK and Chinese case study.

Keith McCabe, Chief Executive Officer, Simplifai Systems.

16:00 Round table discussion

All speakers

16:30 Close

Reasons to attend

  • It is a hot topic in both the Automotive, Aerospace and Electrical Power subject areas, together wide a wider societal interest, i.e. governmental and public bodies.
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Networking with peers

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


Member - £40.00
Non Member - £65.00
Student Registration - £15.00
Retired Registration - £15.00

Please note that prices are exclusive of VAT.

Additional information


Graeme Cooper (photo)   Graeme Cooper, National Grid
Averil MacDonald (photo)   Prof. Averil Macdonald OBE, Emeritus Professor University of Reading
Keith McCabe (video)   Keith McCabe, Simplifai Systems
Ricky Duke (photo)   Ricky Duke, Western Power Distribution
Simon Terry (photo)   Simon Terry, Ricardo
Vandad Hamidi (photo)   Vandad Hamidi, W S Atkins
Nigel Schofield (photo)  
Prof Nigel Schofield, University of Huddersfield
Bernard Magee   Bernard Magee, Siemens

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