In today’s episode we dove into the impact of global net zero emission targets on two of the largest, and arguably most significant, industries in the race to net-zero: the automotive and energy industries.
We are focusing on the UK and discussing the contrasts to Europe to understand how both regions are faring, and what strategies they’re employing to protect, transform and innovate in the face of challenging but necessary sustainability goals.
To do so we’re joined by industry experts from Bird & Bird George Mason and Joshua Partridge. They’ll be giving us some insight into new sustainability regulations in the automotive sector with a focus on the ZEV mandates, and a peak into the latest developments in the energy sector in the UK.
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No silver bullet for battery tech, with Luca Scherrer and Lukas Lutz from Sphere Energy
40:19Listen in on this Autumnal Wednesday as Mike and Kevin meet with Luca Scherrer and Lukas Lutz, co-founders of Sphere Energy, to explore the battery mega trend and its sweeping impact on multiple industries. Together, they unravel the fascinating world of batteries, from production and development acceleration to understanding their significance in the EV industry. Luca and Lukas explain how the battery industry has morphed over the past decade, including power balances, the intricacies of sourcing raw materials and the unique challenges it poses for OEMs. We also touch on the impossible questions of EV’s residual value, the sweet spot between performance and cost of EV batteries, modularity versus integrated manufacturing, and much, much more. Stay until the end for the exciting introduction to Batty! Batty is Sphere Energy's AI-powered product that will answer EV drivers’ questions and provide a report on the state of the battery market and news.Happy charging!
Electrifying the Track: McLaren’s Formula E Journey, with Ian James from NEOM McLaren
28:47Welcome to season 2 of In Between Charges! We are still the best podcast to listen to while waiting for your EV to charge. For the season premiere, hosts Mike and Kevin raced to get the best guest and make this new season take off like no other! Puns aside, we’re debuting this new season with a star guest: NEOM McLaren’s Formula E and Extreme E racing Managing Director, Ian James. Calling in from the UK, Ian runs us through the ins and outs of the first-ever fully electric World Championship that just wrapped up their 9th season. We learned about the peculiarities of racing in city centres with ever-changing tracks, the differences between Formula E and the increasingly popular Formula 1, and how McLaren leverages technology and software to keep growing. Sports fans and technical enthusiasts alike will be enjoying this 1st episode of #IBCS2, so join us for this accelerating ride! I mean, exhilarating*.Happy charging!
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Our Grid: the next digital frontier, with Michael Kent from GridBeyond
35:33On the last episode of season 1, Mike and Kevin uncover a hidden gem from the largest machine that man ever made: grid service schemes. You might be asking, what on earth are these schemes? In short, they make the grid more sustainable by providing flexibility in the amount of assets that can help support it, opening up new opportunities for businesses to make a profit. In long, listen to the episode ;)With the help of Michael Kent from flexibility service provider GridBeyond, we explore a series of new tools that have come up during this stage 2 of the electrification revolution. Michael, as Head of EV solutions, is responsible for the growth strategy and deployment of EV related solutions for grid and flexibility services. From connections to charging, infrastructure, aggregation, and energy market access, the list goes on.Come with us and learn more about the ABCs of grid services for businesses, go through the different stages of the electrification transition, get an intro to V2G and where that service is going to, a peek into the American grid, and the importance of B2B collaboration in the electrification and EV space.And stay till the end to learn more about season 2!
Charging up that hill: Strange things are happening in the EU with Lucie Mattera from ChargeUp Europe
41:51This episode has another knowledgeable and influential guest joining the conversation! We sat down with Lucie Mattera. Lucie is the Secretary General of ChargeUp Europe, a trade association that represents the interests of the EV charging industry in front of the European Commission, and is responsible for publishing the yearly State of the Industry report.Between the State of the Industry report and the long-time coming Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations (AFIR), there’s a lot to unpack when it comes to EV charging regulations in Europe, standards and frameworks that different countries have adopted and lessons learned from these. Lucie runs us through some of the latest highlights from the report (did you know that even if the EU reaches their target goal of EVs on the roads, the total demand on the electricity grid would be only 4%?), how different counties are preparing to face AFIR, and even different pricing strategies and how that affects an open market policy.Join Mike and Kevin as they sit down with Lucie and listen to them break down the twists and turns of EV charging in Europe, run us through how EU standards are set and best practices, and discuss whether there should be a right to charge (or is that Kevin’s American spirit coming through?).
What the charge is happening?! A Q&A deep dive
35:04There is no special guest on the show this month, but don’t despair! More EV industry info and news are coming your way. Our hosts Mike and Kevin crowdsourced some listener questions and they are here to give you the answers. Is range anxiety real? Aren’t EV batteries really resource heavy?? Why is there such a disparity in EV adoption between the U.S. and Europe?!! We’ve got you covered.Get to know the hosts better and learn about the industry mysteries and misconceptions on the latest episode of In Between Charges. And if you think your CPO business name would be even better, let us know! If you wish to jump to a specific episode section, here is the breakdown:0:54 - What are some of the biggest risks to widespread EV adoption?3:23 - Why is there such a disparity in EV adoption between the USA and Europe?6:55 - What are some tips to make the switch from ICE cars to EVs?9:27 - Aren’t EV batteries really resource heavy?14:22 - What are all these grid connection problems and how do they impact charging infrastructure?20:28 - What is range anxiety and is it real?23:41 - What are the main differences between the charging experience today and 5 years from now? 26:19 - If you could fix one thing from the EV industry by swinging your magic wand, what would it be and why?27:55 - What is one of the gnarliest CP installs you’ve seen?30:26 - If you were to start your own CPO business, what would it be called and why?
Elon Musk, China and EVs with Benny Engelbrecht (Former Danish Minister of Transport)
31:55Denmark, like the rest of Scandinavia, is a nation at the forefront of the transition to electrification and e-mobility in Europe and the world. From public transport fleets to taxation plans for CO2, for years, Denmark has been implementing an extensive list of policies that promote an electric and sustainable lifestyle from the top down. Different departments and leaders in Denmark have taken decisions to put the country in the place it is right now. One of these leaders in the race to net zero is our guest of the day - Benny Engelbrecht, Denmark’s former Minister of Transport.Benny has been in the room, leading and making these decisions. He talks to us about the taxation strategy and structures he put in place to push Danes towards EVs, why Elon Musk is the last person that should complain about government incentives, why Chinese batteries are not actually sustainable and what Europe should do about it. And a whole lot more.
EVs and the new business opportunities: everyone wants a piece of the pie, with Henrik Langeland from Enode
29:23The role of electric vehicles in a cleaner future is undeniable. Their widespread adoption will lead to cleaner transportation methods and improvements in our air quality, especially in densely populated areas, where dependency on fossil fuels in transportation makes up a significant proportion of all CO emissions.EVs open up a whole world of opportunities for how we consume, produce and interact with the energy market. The reason for those opportunities is the technology that EVs come equipped with. These new electrified platforms let designers and engineers re-think the design of the car and how consumers fuel and interact with their vehicles and their homes. So today, we are joined by Henrik Langeland, the CEO and co-founder of Enode. He will give us a rundown of the current status for transport electrification, the hurdles to reach mass consumption, the role utility companies might play, and Enode’s role in connecting all players involved.
AFIR not, EV charging help is here with Aaron Fishbone [SPECIAL EPISODE]
38:08The need to quickly roll out EV charging infrastructure is a central topic across the EV industry - some say there’s not enough, some say it needs to be more standardised, and some spend their days discussing how exactly to make EV charging a premium business and provide a great user experience.Important discussions are taking place at the highest level of multinational organisations and governments, and soon we’ll witness the final outcome around the alternative fuels infrastructure regulations, also known as AFIR. This regulation will mandate country by country commitments to installing public chargers giving CPOs and EV drivers clarity about what the charging experience must look like in the coming years.Today we are joined by Aaron Fishbone. Aaron is the Director of Public Policy at Greenway, and the communications chair at Charge Up Europe. He will share with us his knowledge on the upcoming regulations, the priorities of a major charge point operator, and how to deliver the best experience at a public charge point.
Who said the UK cannot reach net zero? with Joshua Partridge and George Mason from Bird & Bird
33:52In today’s episode we dove into the impact of global net zero emission targets on two of the largest, and arguably most significant, industries in the race to net-zero: the automotive and energy industries.We are focusing on the UK and discussing the contrasts to Europe to understand how both regions are faring, and what strategies they’re employing to protect, transform and innovate in the face of challenging but necessary sustainability goals.To do so we’re joined by industry experts from Bird & Bird George Mason and Joshua Partridge. They’ll be giving us some insight into new sustainability regulations in the automotive sector with a focus on the ZEV mandates, and a peak into the latest developments in the energy sector in the UK.