This November, pioneering Electric Vehicle (EV) city Dundee is set to host an industry-leading conference showcasing what the future holds for the electric vehicle industry.

As one of Europe’s most exciting cities for electric vehicle infrastructure, Dundee has been chosen to host the prestigious Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) Pilot City Forum, taking place 8th and 9th November 2021. The forum will offer a unique insight into innovative EV infrastructure projects across Europe and the strategies currently shaping the industry, as well as talks from leading figures in the EV sector.

We caught up with the Dundee City Council team ahead of the forum to understand what the event means for the city and to understand the future of EV sector.

Why the shift to Electric Vehicles is central to global climate action 

The climate revolution has been steadily gathering momentum in recent years and will reach new heights as world leaders gather in Glasgow for COP26 for critical discussions on tackling climate change and averting a climate disaster. The 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report underscores it is still possible to achieve the 1.5-degree target but only if unprecedented action is taken now.

The importance of the shift to EVs has been brought into even sharper focus following the recent UK-wide struggle with record petrol prices and fuel shortages. The UK government has confirmed it will ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 as part of a ‘green industrial revolution’, with hybrids set to be banned five years later in 2035.

The change to EVs will require greatly improved EV charging infrastructure. Think tank ‘Policy Exchange’ estimated that the UK will require approximately 400,000 public chargers by 2030. The UK Government recently unveiled a £1 billion investment in EVs as part of its 2050 Net Zero strategy. This includes around £620 million for targeted EV grants and infrastructure and a further £350 million to boost the electric vehicle supply chain.

From Dundee to Dund-E - becoming the UK’s EV capital

Dundee is streets ahead of the rest of the UK in the race to become EV ready having been named ‘Europe’s Most Visionary Electric Vehicle City’ by the World Electric Vehicle Association.

For over a decade Dundee has been piloting innovative EV infrastructure projects and has developed a number of revolutionary multi-storey EV charging hubs as well as a network of pop-up EV chargers located throughout the city. The city council already has a fleet of over 100 fully electric vehicles (including a street sweeper and electric bin lorries). These innovations ensure that Dundee City Council is well on its way to meeting its ambitious goal of converting 20% of all vehicles in Dundee to electric by 2027.

Discover why the future is electric at the EVI Pilot City Forum

Join the world’s most advanced EV cities to learn about the innovative EV projects currently being developed around the world and discuss the ambitious future of the EV industry. There will be talks from leading figures in the EV sector including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, SWARCO and Fastned, the Dutch-based super-fast EV charging network.

For more information, or to join the EV revolution at the EVI Pilot City Forum 2021 in Dundee on the 8th and 9th of November, contact tom@welcometoama.com.