“France has all the advantages to meet the electric challenge”

Published by on 04.29.2019 - 3 min

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Held from May 19th to 22th, the 32nd edition of the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS32) will bring together scientists, manufacturers and politicians from around the world. Even though this event has existed for 50 years, its goal today is all the more relevant: the development of large-scale electric mobility. This year, the EVS will be held in Lyon, France. Learn more from Joseph Beretta, President of Avere-France, the national association for electric mobility.

Avere-France was entrusted with organising EVS32. What’s the big idea behind this event?

EVS is, first of all, a scientific conference, with more than 150 lectures focused on the technical aspects of how electric vehicles run, on batteries and on new charging technologies. Its organisation is spearheaded by the WEVA (World Electric Vehicle Association), which brings together the regional associations that represent Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. The event location rotates around those three continents. This year, Avere-Europe selected the country and city responsible for hosting the EVS, and we are very happy that the proposal of Lyon was accepted.

In tandem with the scientific lectures, we expanded the programming with sessions focused on industrial and political issues. We will discuss all the major themes associated with electric vehicles, such as the development of charging infrastructure, autonomous cars and smart grids. Finally, EVS32 will host a large exhibition space, bringing together the major players in the field from Europe, America and Asia. The general public is invited to join us all day on May 19th, to learn more about electric vehicles and test drive them in real conditions.

How does organising EVS32 line up with the goals of Avere-France?

Joseph Beretta AVERE president
Association Avere-France has been working on the development of electric cars since its creation in 1978. We represent the electric mobility ecosystem in its entirety, from energy producers to insurers by way of car manufacturers, research laboratories and even the local communities that operate electric cars for everyday uses.

Our main activities consist of informing and educating public authorities, companies and individuals, with the aim of creating the most favourable conditions possible for the development of electric mobility.
France in particular exemplifies the stakes emerging at the European scale. We have a large industrial sector that needs to begin transitioning towards electric. We’re facing a challenge, but we have all the advantages necessary to meet it.

How can we accelerate the move to electric mobility?

When it comes to electric cars, consumers ask the most questions about pricing, range and charging. How might we address those? A variety of financial aids largely solves the issue of cost. At the same time, manufacturers have made enormous advances in terms of range, which is now big enough for the majority of uses.

Facilitating the development of charging infrastructure remains to be done. The “right to plug in”, for example, is still difficult to exercise in shared housing.
And we must, of course, speed up the development of public infrastructure to remove the last roadblock of anxiety related to charging. To achieve this, we are working with players from across the entire ecosystem. Renault brings a lot to the table with its market knowledge, support and participation in the various bodies of our association.

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