Cabinet Secretary for Transport to deliver keynote address

Date posted

30 September 2020


Edinburgh Napier’s annual event showcasing the world of the electric vehicle moves online this year, with a wide range of speakers addressing policy issues, charging capacity, user perspectives and other hot topics.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, has once again agreed to deliver the keynote address at the free-to-attend conference which takes place on Thursday October 8, for which registration is open here.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, joins University staff on an electric double decker

The event, the sixth in the series at the University, will run from 10am until 1pm via Webex, and will also hear from representatives of the Norwegian EV Association, Connected Kerb, Anderson Strathern, Scottish Power, Energy Saving Trust, Transport Scotland, the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and Dundee City Council.

Jamie Pearson, Edinburgh Napier’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, and Pat Langdon, interim head of the University’s Transport Research Institute, will also deliver presentations, with Jamie speaking about the University’s fleet of vehicles, range of charging points, electrically assisted bicycles, working partnerships and future strategy.

‘A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest’ is the latest UK government position.  People will only be able to buy electric (EV) or hydrogen cars and vans, once the ban comes into effect.

The October 8 event aims to put the following areas of interest under the microscope:

•             Scottish Government led national policy issues

•             Local government led inducements

•             Required grid-based electricity charging capacity

•             Local renewable energy generation

•             EV users’ perspective

•             Available EV stock

•             Research regarding positive and negative impacts of EV production and use