Central Florida EV Summit Scheduled Oct. 20-22

In anticipation of plug-in cars soon increasing their numbers, people with a need to know are preparing.

To foster this, next month the University of Central Florida’s Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (EVTC) will host its first EV Transportation and Technology Summit.

The U.S. Department of Transportation-funded research facility was established in 2013 and from Oct. 20-22 leaders in the field will gather to discuss all things pertaining to the growing electrified vehicle world.

A major focus will be transportation planning and infrastructure requirements, but this will be an all-encompassing event.

Speakers will take into consideration mainly all-electric cars, plug-in hybrids; where electrification is going, with actionable info for today.

EV Summit Goals

1. Increase awareness among key governmental, business and planning officials
2. Provide a review of the current and near-term technologies
3. Review the current deployment accomplishments and outline the challenges going forward

Anyone is invited to register and attend. The event should be of particular interest to people whose personal life or professional organization will be directly affected by new plug-in cars this decade and beyond.

Growth has already begun, by year’s end America will have bought 400,000 highway legal plug-in electrified vehicles. This growth rate was quicker than that of regular hybrids last decade, and the market is projected from these first beginnings to accelerate.

“GM, Nissan, Tesla and others will offer affordable long-range EVs as early as 2016, which will dramatically enhance already impressive sales numbers,” says the EVTC. “Will your organization be ready to accommodate the growing presence of EVs?”


Expected to attend are:

▪ Transportation planners (MPOs, TPOs and DOTs)
▪ Planning, design and policy analysis consulting firms
▪ Power service providers
▪ Governmental and private sustainability managers
▪ Large-scale employersplug-in car
▪ Fleet managers


Kristine Williams, Center for Urban Transportation Research, USF
Christian Ruoff, Charged Magazine
Linda Bluestein, National Clean Cities
Utility Industry Panel, FP&L, JEA, Gulf Power, Duke, TECO, OUC
Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica
David Dunn & Daryl Greenlee, City of Orlando
Ashley Horvat, PlugShare
Britta Gross, GM
Trev Hall, Clean Cities
Paul Steinman, FDOT District 7 Secretary
Richard Raustad, EVTC
Doug Kettles, EVTC
Jeff Cobb, HybridCars.com

Presentations will be given in time slots throughout the event.

Technology, Infrastructure, Product Development and Resources
▪ EV technology and standards
▪ EV charging technology, deployment and the grid
▪ EV R&D and the future
▪ EV infrastructure in the urban environment
▪ EVs, charging equipment, apps and other product offerings
▪ Resources available to support deployment
▪ EV Market & Technology Workshop

Planning, Policy and the Future
• Public and policy awareness
• Current state of EV deployment
• Planning for local and regional infrastructure
• Utility panel: EVs, renewables and energy storage

The event in Cocoa, Fla. is proximal to the Kennedy Space Center. Oct. 20 will see a tour of the space center for those signed up, and the tour is free for the first 75 paid registrants. Day one is otherwise a registration and reception day only, and presentations will take place Oct. 21,22.

Registration is $200 and sponsorships over and above this level are invited. Sponsors now include Nissan, Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine, VIA Motors, and more.

For more information, please visit the EVTC website.