Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N)

Roundtable F: Electric Vehicles and Smart Infrastructure

Energy Research Institute @ NTU
DATE 02 November 2018
TIME 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

The EV roundtable will address the opportunities and challenges associated with transforming the energy vector for vehicles from hydrocarbon to electrons, the investment required, the innovation this transformation can enable as well as the integration of multiple ecosystems beyond that of transportation. Within the remit of a “Car lite” vision for Singapore, the electric vehicle can further help contribute towards creating a decarbonised “Car Lite” landscape in Singapore.

The roundtable, features speakers addressing the various dimensions of the theme of SIEW 2018 with respect to electric vehicles. With benefits ranging from zero tail pipe emissions and hence lower emission related respiratory complications, lower carbon foot print contributing towards COP 21 obligations, lower sound pollution within a densely populated city to an enabling platform for new business models and consumer engagement and empowerment through the innovative autonomous vehicle; EVs can play their part in realising the Smart Nation vision. Therefore we need to be able to invest in the right infrastructure, innovate the sector and integrate the EV ecosystem into the larger city ecosystem.

Programme Details

Time Presentation topics
08:50 to 09:00 Welcome by Panel Chair
by Mr Amit Pathare, Programme Director, Energy Research Institute @ NTU ERI@N
09:00 to 09:15 Decarbonising the Transport Sector: Motivation, Opportunities & Challenges

A Collaborative Approach to Decarbonising Transport

Shell has been part of the development of the transport sector for well over a century. Mobility is evolving rapidly, driven by regulations designed to reduce environmental and carbon impacts, but also by advances in technology and changing customer needs. The scale of this challenge is large and so we are going to need all forms of energy to move goods and people. Collaboration across public and private sectors will be key to deliver a system-approach to decarbonising transport. How can we best encourage collaboration to achieve the right outcomes for our transport sector in Singapore?

Serene Johnson
Global Transport Policy Manager, Shell Downstream and New Energies
09:15 to 09:30 Charging Infrastructure: Trends, Standards, Distribution and Future Ready Infrastructure

Greenlots: EV Charging Infrastructure Present & Future

From the beginnings of the automotive age in 20th century, electric vehicles (EVs) have always been in existence. But EVs have only seen limited success in niche applications, and never been adopted by the mass markets. However, things are about to change very quickly. Today, the global automotive industry is rapidly redefined by a confluence of factors like technology advancements, changing usage patterns of drivers and vehicle emissions regulations. Major car-makers have to react accordingly to these megatrends, and they do so by increasingly the deployment of electric drive-trains & incorporating smart technology in their product line-ups. As EVs start moving from a niche market to a mass-market product, the charging infrastructure also must be ready to meet the demands for EV charging. In this presentation, we will explore the EV ecosystem that is necessary to support electric mobility, and how this fledging industry is expected to evolve over the next few years.

Terence Siew
Regional Manager for Asia, Greenlots
09:30 to 09:45 Policy Instruments – Striking a Balance Across the Economy

EVs and the Grid - Comparing Startup Strategies for Smooth Utility-Customer Integration

EVs are the major new demand-side force that utilities need to address. In many countries today, utilities struggle to manage existing customer demands and their capacity to cope with EVs are limited. The shift to electricity for mobility is a natural evolution but the technology path for demand side integration is still being determined. Startups are now looking into the space between customers and utilities. This presentation will investigate how investors and innovators are approaching this exciting new sector seeking to smooth the evolution towards EVs while engaging customers with easy to use EV applications.

Rod McLaunchlan
Show Director, APAC
09:45 to 10:00 Enabling New Business Models from G2V to V2G and Everything in Between

Enabling New Business Models from G2V and V2G and Everything In Between

Vijay Sirse
CEO and Founder, Red Dot Power           
10:00 to 10:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A
10:30 to 11:00 Tea Break and Networking
11:00 to 11:15 Future Electric Vehicles: Technology Trends, New Services and the New Mechanic

Future Electric Vehicles: Technology Trends & New Mobility Services

EVs have come of age.

Technology has driven cost improvements, with battery pack prices have come down by >60% since 2012. Furthermore, battery pack costs are expected to continue to drop by an additional ~60% between 2017 and 2025.

In addition, with mass manufacturing of vehicles models, we expect a competitive TCO for many use cases by the early 2020s (with shared transport already in the money today given its higher mileage per year), and an expected price parity with combustion engines at the point of purchase for electric vehicles by mid-2020s.

The implications of “cost parity” by the mid-2020’s is that the question on EV adoption requires reframing: from “will electric vehicles be adopted” to “how rapidly will the supply chain support electric vehicle adoption”? What parts of the supply chain could limit the S-curve from hitting 100% by the mid-2030s? How will adoption differ per region? What will the effect of new shared mobility services and autonomy be on accelerating EV adoption? How will our expectations around car ownership change?

Michele Pani
McKinsey & Company
11:15 to 11:30 Battery Recycling and Second Life Use – Opportunities and Challenges

Challenges for Sustainability of Battery Segment and Strategic Metals
Energy issues and climate changes are now asking urgent solution and one of the solutions is large growing of renewable energy part in the consumption models. However, major part of renewable energy equipment’s contains strategic metals while they could be potential sources of negative environment impact at the end-of -life. In particular composition Lithium Ion batteries (LIB) imposes a particular consideration of their end of life management due to the environment impact but also conservation of valuable resource. While recycling is now critical, sustainable way to recycle LIB must take account on next challenges:

  • Lowest  energy consumption
  • CO2 emission (from organic solvents and carbon)
  • Fluorine control (from anion of lithium salts and PVDF).
  • Loss of valuable resources such as graphite lost as CO2, Mn and Li trapped into slag.

In addition to the environment impact geopolitical aspect as well as sustainability and availability (scarcity) for the main strategic metals of LIB will be presented and commented.

Dr Farouk Tedjar
Principal Scientist, Energy Research Institute @ NTU
11:30 to 11:45 Rethinking Urban Mobility – Mass Transport to Personal Mobility

Opportunities in Urban Mobility: Mobility-as-a-Service
Recent changes in the transport industry such as the development of EVs and AVs as well as ride-sharing are only the start of a more fundamental industry transformation.  Besides the auto and public transport companies, new entrants from the tech sector, telcos and banks are competing in the mobility space.  New business models enabled by digitisation and data analytics are emerging.  Mobility-as-a-service offers the potential for consumers to enjoy personalised and integrated door-to-door mobility services at lower costs.

Xie Litian
Head Transport Planning of MobilityX
11:45 to 12:00 Consumer and Community Trends: Needs, Wants and Expectations

Electric Vehicles - Are Customers Ready for It?
In this presentation, we would like to discuss awareness of electric vehicles among prospective car buyers. Our recently, conducted survey throws light on their attitudes and perceptions towards electric vehicles. We would also review their apprehensions and fears in using EVs as well as pointers to which features they consider important and what would motivate them to purchase. Last but not the least, they also have some expectations from regulators and EV manufacturer.

Vivek Vaidya
Sr. Vice President, Frost & Sullivan
12:00 to 12:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A



Dr. Xie Litian

Head Transport Planning

Mobility X


Michele Pani

McKinsey & Company


Serene Tan-Johnson

Global Transport Policy Manager

Shell Downstream and New Energies


Terence Siew


Electric Vehicle Association of Singapore


Roderic McLauchlan

Show Director



Vijay Sirse

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Red Dot Power


Dr Farouk Tedjar

Principal Scientist

Energy Research Institute @ NTU


Vivek Vaidya

Sr. Vice President

Frost & Sullivan



Amit Pathare

Programme Director

Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N)

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