Electric Vehicles: Understanding the Business Case

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Electric Vehicles: Understanding the Business Case (Cars, Vans, Fleets)

Date: Tuesday 26th February 2019

Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Price: Free (including buffet lunch)

Location: The Beacon, West Strand, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7LY

Are you an SME based in Cumbria? Have you thought about the benefits of introducing electric vehicles into your business?

Join the University of Cumbria for a day of networking and innovation.

During this fast-paced, interactive workshop you’ll discover the issues and opportunities around using electric vehicles (EV) within your organisation. You’ll also meet other businesses in Cumbria who have ‘gone electric’ and develop an understanding of how your business could also benefit.

By the end of the session you will understand the business case for planning or starting to introduce electric vehicles into your business. And you may have made some new business contacts too!

This workshop will help your business to:

  • Understand the business case for Electric Vehicles (EV’s) for your business
  • Where appropriate start planning the introduction of EV’s in your business
  • Learn about the changing EV infrastructure in Cumbria
  • Reduce impact on the environment and reduce CO2
  • Build business partnerships and collaborations that will collectively help to create the change to a cleaner environment.

This workshop is for small and medium sized enterprises in Cumbria. It will be fast-paced and interactive, encouraging exciting collaborations between organisations as well as innovative solutions.

Contributors to be confirmed but will include:

  • Helen Acott, - Fleet Manager Energy Saving Trust (EST)
  • Mathew Kiziuk, - Regional Development Manager EV (North) Renault Uk Ltd
  • TBC , DSG Morecambe (Renault, Hyundai, Dacia)
  • Daniel Heery, - Charge my Street
  • Tim Martin, - Founder & CTO Zapinamo
  • Simon Brace, - Lakes Electric Delivery Service (LEDS)
  • Phil Davies, - Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS)
  • Al Wilson - Centre for Leadership Performance (CfLP)


09.00 – 09.30 Registration, refreshments and networking opportunity

09.30 – 09.50 Welcome and Introductions Al Wilson (CfLP), Glyn Griffiths (Project Manager, Eco Innovation Cumbria), Phil Davies (CAfS)

09.50 – 10.20 Keynote Speakers

Helen Acott - EST Fleet Support Manager From Pipedream to Revolution A global national and local perspective of the evolution and adoption of EV.

Mathew Kiziuk Renault UK - A glimpse into the future - how adopting EV's now will drive your business going forward.

10.20 – 10.30 Al Wilson (CfLP) - What do we know about Electric Vehicles?

10.30 – 11.00 Electric Vehicles the context 1

TBC (DSG) - A day in the life of an EV (inside and outside)

Forget the sales pitch, how does an EV work in reality? Practicality of the technology, emissions, range, lifespan, warranties, running costs, charging.

11.00- 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.15 Electric Vehicles the context 2

Strategy, infrastructure and the local response (Downstairs)

Al Wilson - The Cumbrian Context for EV’s including local /national Government Policy

Tim Martin - Zapinamo What is happening right now in Copeland An overview on charging, how it works and how the technology is developing. Rapid charging and the work Zapinamo are doing within Copeland to support EV.

Daniel Heery - Charge my Street The EV challenge in Cumbria

The work that Charge My Street has done and how it is planning to support infrastructure development within the county through their BIG BID

12.15 – 13.15 Buffet Lunch & networking opportunity

13.15 – 14.00 Running EV’s in Cumbria

Case studies to share experiences of local companies and a local social enterprise. Including

Helen Acott - Fleet Support Manager Energy Saving Trust - Services and Opportunities from EST.

Simon Brace - Lakes Electric Delivery Service - Experience of an EV Business in Cumbria

TBC Plugging In , mapping and connecting the energy supply for car charging

14.00 – 14.30 EV Lease or Buy?

Mathew Kiziuk - Renault The advantages and disadvantages

14.30 – 14.50 Collaborative Work on the Challenge

14.50 – 15.00 Closing Remarks

15.00 - 15.30 Time to view EV’s and further networking

Who is eligible to attend?

This workshop is open to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Cumbria that meet ERDF eligibility criteria: less than 250 FTE employees and turnover less than 50m euros or balance sheet total less than 43m euros.

For further information, contact:

Glyn Griffiths - Senior Project Officer, Eco Innovation Cumbria


Tel: 015394 30245

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