Electric Vehicles: The Challenges and Opportunities of Future Mobility

As part of a commitment to making every car and van in the UK emission-free by 2050, the Government’s 2040 Ambition is to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Join us as our expert panel discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by the development of electric vehicles, and the ways in which government, industry and academia can collaborate to tackle the key issues, such as:

  • The necessary steps to ensure the UK remains a global leader in the sector
  • The development of battery technology and charging infrastructure in-line with demand
  • Bridging the technology-policy gap to ensure technologies evolve to meet future objectives
  • Incentivising Electric Vehicle usage to achieve current net-zero targets

Speakers include:

  • Phil Blythe, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Transport and Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems, Newcastle University
  • Tanya Sinclair, Policy Director for UK, Ireland and Nordics, ChargePoint
  • Ian Gardner, Global Energy Leader, Arup
  • Peter Stephens, Head of UK External &Government Affairs, Nissan

About the speakers:

  • Phil Blythe

    Chief Scientific Advisor

    Department for Transport

    Phil Blythe is Chief Scientifc Advisor to the Department for Transport and a Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) at Newcastle University. Prior to joining the Department for Transport he was Director of the Transport Operations Research Group for 13 years. Phil’s research portfolio covers a wide range of areas where ITS has been applied to transport including: road to vehicle communications; road user charging systems; ITS for assistive mobility, electromobility and future intelligent infrastructure. Phil chairs the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s Transport Policy Panel, is a member of their Lectures Committee and supports the IET in the UK and abroad in areas such intelligent transport, connected and autonomous vehicles, electro-mobility and smart cities and on the Big Data / Internet of Things agendas. In March 2012 Phil was awarded the Reece-Hills Medal for a lifetime personal contribution to ITS.

  • Tanya Sinclair

    Policy Director for UK, Ireland and Nordics


    Tanya Sinclair has worked in electric vehicle policy for almost a decade and has been ChargePoint’s Policy Director for UK, Ireland and Nordics since 2018. In this role she works with decision-makers in public and private sector organisations to support ChargePoint’s growth in the UK. In that capacity she also chairs the EV Group of the REA, the association for renewable energy and clean technology.   Prior to joining ChargePoint Tanya worked for LEVC, the manufacturers of the London ‘black cab’, where she supported the launch of the first electric taxis in London. Tanya has also worked in Westminster, Whitehall and as an adviser to several electric vehicle manufacturers, charging companies and start-ups including Nissan and Tesla. She has degrees from Durham University and the London School of Economics.

  • Ian Gardner

    Global Energy Leader


    As Arup’s Global Energy Leader, Ian has responsibility for developing Arup's footprint in the energy market across the world and ensuring best value for clients. He oversees the direction of their energy business and services offerings including advisory, systems and structures, working closely with clients across the energy market worldwide, providing insight into the market and advice on complex programmes from nuclear to renewable energy. Ian has considerable experience in the leadership and management of large multi-disciplinary design and construction teams in all stages of projects from inception, procurement and design to completion. Previously at Arup, Ian led the infrastructure London group covering transport, energy, civil engineering, site regeneration, maritime, geotechnics, tunnels and major projects. Ian's most memorable achievements have been, being instrumental in delivering the iconic HS1 project and St Pancras Station, the London Olympic Park, Msheireb Doha and HS2. Ian is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Member of the Institution of Royal Engineers and also a member of the firm’s UKIMEA Board since 2009. As a member of the UK board of the World Energy Council, heis a frequent panellist and speaker at industry events including the World Energy Congress. 

  • Peter Stephens

    Head of UK External and Government Affairs


    Peter leads Nissan's policy & engagement with external stakeholders on a wide range of issues from zero emission vehicles to business competitiveness. Prior to joining Nissan in 2015, he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, most recently working on EU competitiveness issues. Previous roles included renewable energy, international trade, employment regulation and business financing, and he is an alumnus of the WIG Leadership Programme. He started his career in the water industry, working in operational management and strategy development.



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