October 4 – Croke Park – Dublin

Our Drive to the Future Electric Vehicle Summit 2017

Wednesday October 4, Croke Park, Dublin
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About the Electric Vehicle Summit 2017: “Our drive to the future”….

A recent talk in Europe delivered by Professor Tony Seba of Stanford University, the world renowned expert on energy and transportation, predicted a tsunami of change for conventional transport which will result in all vehicles being electrically powered by 2025. This is certainly a bold claim and whether realized fully or not, there is no doubt that a significant change in the sector is inevitable as we pave the way for more affordable EV models, broader reach and improved infrastructure.

Ireland already has in place a comprehensive network of 1,200 public charge points. Installed by ESB since 2010, these are available for EV drivers to re-charge their vehicles to enable longer journeys across the country. Plus, Tesla has just opened its first supercharger as well as its first store in Sandyford Industrial Estate. Indeed, Elon Musk has further plans to build 3 more superchargers, eight charge posts and an EV substation at the Applegreen Birdhill Service Station in Tipperary with further stations to arrive in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast. With all this activity, has the time for an EV take off arrived?

The market for EVs in Europe is booming with Norway leading the way seeing sales of 25% of electric cars in the new sales market. In fact, the Norwegians have already proposed to ban conventional vehicle sales in 2025! This is extraordinary for a nation that has built its wealth on oil reserves in the North Sea and shows that the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered, at least here in Europe. This is particularly borne out with Volvo recently announcing it is going all electric in 2019! But, widespread electric vehicle adoption in Ireland requires a supportive ecosystem of stakeholders, utilities, government to vehicle OEMs, charging providers, interest groups and drivers. ‘Our drive to the future’ summit brings all of these stakeholders together in a highly interactive format to explore emerging trends, share best practices and map the road ahead. This innovative event is about making the most of the opportunities presented by EVs. It is about aligning objectives, creating partnerships and adopting business models to facilitate further adoption into the Irish market.

Topics we’ll be exploring include:

  • Future market trends
  • Rollout of a national EV charging infrastructure
  • How can we ensure that EVs become more competitive?
  • Latest infrastructure developments
  • Range – disposal, charging and standardization
  • Implications of autonomous vehicles for the EV automotive supply chain
  • Next-generation technologies
  • Cost efficiency of plug-in hybrid and electric deployments for fleets
  • Learnings from other European countries


Who will attend?

This event is designed for everyone in Ireland’s electric car space. Attendees will include:


  • Regulatory and government agencies
  • Infrastructure providers
  • Planning specialists
  • Local authorities
  • Service providers
  • Environmental bodies
  • Construction/Civil engineering firms
  • Public transport operators
  • Vehicle manufacturers and distributors
  • Utility companies
  • Fleet owners and managers
  • Freight and logistics operators
  • Banks, finance and investment firms
  • Law firms and academia

Main Sponsor









For sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Suzanne Brennan

Conference Director

Mob: +353 87 9191292

Email: suzanne.brennan@sbpevents.ie

Speakers Include:

Leading speakers shaping our drive to the future:

Shane O’ Donoghue

Motoring Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post

Paulo Alves

Managing Director, BMW Group Ireland

Robert Llewellyn

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Producer of ‘Fully Charged’, an online series on electric cars and the future of energy and transport

Dr. Cara Augustenborg

Managing Environmental Scientist and Chair, Friend’s of the Earth Europe

Denis O’Leary

Head of Smart Energy Technologies, ESB

Josey Wardle

Infrastructure Manager, Zero Carbon Futures, UK

Christoph Bornschein

Co-founder and CEO, TLGG GMBH. Germany

Shane Ross TD

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

Melanie May

Motoring Correspondent, Journal.ie

Frank Riech

Research Professor, Future Mobility, Rotterdam University and Vice President, The European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (AVERE)

David Thomas

Managing Director, Volvo Car Ireland

Onoph Caron

Head of Elaad (an initiative of the Dutch grid companies) and Chair of OCA (Open Charge Alliance), Netherlands


Browse below to see what some of our past attendees have to say about us:

Brian O’ Kennedy

Clearstream Solutions

Very interesting, liked the format in particular the interaction. With Siemens and other big players involved, gave the summit credibility

Stephen Wyse

Enterprise Ireland

Excellent speakers. Can’t fault it!

John Mullaney

HSG Zander

MC was excellent, floor participation was handled well and exhibits were A1

John Donohoe


Listening to the viewpoints of all the stakeholders in the one venue of great benefit

Our Tickets and Pricing

Single tickets and multi-ticket bundles available

Summit Ticket

1 – 3 tickets



Per ticket

Multi-Ticket Bundle

4 tickets for the price of 3



Per ticket

Multi-Ticket Bundle

6 tickets for the price of 4



Per ticket

Contact Us

If you have any questions or requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan
Conference Facilitator
Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913
Email: Jackie.bryan@sbpevents.ie

The Venue

Croke Park, Dublin

Croke Park Conference Centre - Cusack Suite

The Electric Vehicles Summit takes place in the Cusack Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 3 – located off Clonliffe Road and accessed via St Joseph’s Avenue. The GAA Museum is also located in this section so please follow the directional signage for the Museum. Please DO NOT enter the Hogan side on Jones’ Road for this event.  The red box below has directions to this event including all bus, DART, train and Dublin Bike information.

Parking: Parking is free in the Cusack section.

GPS coordinates 53.360712, -6.2533977

Tel: + 353 1 819 2300

Email: info@crokepark.ie

Eircode: D03 P6K7

Croke Park