Electric Vehicles - Infrastructure and Impact

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St., London EC1M 6EJ
Thu, 11/10/2018 (All day)



Organised by London Living Streets and the Urban Design Group


Key to clean air or threat to our streets?


Electric Vehicles: Key to clean air or threat to our streets?

This afternoon seminar will examine the impact of Electric Vehicles and EV infrastructure on cities, towns, streets and citizens. 

 The introduction of electric vehicles will help to cut air pollution and reduce noise levels.  But are there costs?  

 Currently, cities are taking an old-fashioned ‘predict and provide’ approach, filling pavements with bulky charging points in order to deliver what vehicle owners want. Is this the right approach?

Is it consistent with the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy to create Healthy Streets that are free of pavement clutter and to dramatically reduce the number of trips made by car?

The seminar will explore how good infrastructure design can complement safe, welcoming streets and influence driving behaviour to reduce the number of vehicles on our roads.  


Session 1. The key to clean air? EV strategy and air pollution

  • Chair: Rob Cowan, Urban Design Skills
  • Frank Kelly, professor of environmental health at King’s College London and government air pollution advisor
  • Alan Hayes, founder of ‘really good ideas’ and member of the Engineering Energy for the Future project group at Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE). Will EV infrastructure break the habits of a lifetime? 
  • Susie Morrow, London Living Streets, chair of Wandsworth Living Streets and former member of a public health advisory committee at NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). Electric Vehicles: a personal journey
  • Karishma Shah, regional campaigns officer (London), Royal National Institute of Blind People

Session 2. EV infrastructure: ideas and innovations for implementation    

  • Chair: Liz Reynolds, Urben and Think Deep UK
  • Faith Martin, principal technical specialist – road safety auditor, Transport for London: EV infrastructure best practice 
  • Susan Claris, transport planner, Arup. The ReCharge Parklet and carriageway charging 
  • Bruce McVean, strategic transportation group manager, City of London Corporation. The local authority perspective 
  • Julian O’Kelly, head of technology, innovation and research at British Parking Association. Taking electric vehicles off streets and into car parks. 
  • Charlotte Thiery Weetman, programme manager, electric mobility, Cenex. InclusivEV: a pan-European project, demonstrating the potential for EV car sharing schemes in low income, city neighbourhoods.
  • Frederic Le Ballois, senior project manager, Blue Solutions and Source London. EVs and the potential for car clubs. 
  • Oli Freeling-Wilkinson, Urban Electric. Pop-up EV charging for residential streets.