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2022 EV Industry Recap + Predictions for 2023 web logo
2022 EV Industry Recap + Predictions for 2023 web logo
2022 EV Industry Recap + Predictions for 2023
December 8, 2022 @ 11:30AM New York Co-hosts: Brian O’Leary, Global Accounts Manager, Global Head e-Mobility & Infrastructure, Loren McDonald, Electric Vehicle (EV) Analyst at EVAdoption
2020 has been a year of ups and downs and zigzags for the EV and EV charging industry. From supply chain issues, and massive legislative changes including bans on ICE vehicles to billions of dollars in funding for fast charging and battery infrastructure. And it has also been an amazing first season and five episodes of the EV InSIDER Live webcast. More

2020 has been a year of ups and downs and zigzags for the EV and EV charging industry. From supply chain issues, and massive legislative changes including bans on ICE vehicles to billions of dollars in funding for fast charging and battery infrastructure. And it has also been an amazing first season and five episodes of the EV InSIDER Live webcast.

End 2022 with a high voltage charge from hosts Brian O’Leary and Loren McDonald, who will share their favorite highlights of season one and provide predictions for the industry in 2023. Join them for a lively discussion including your questions and comments throughout the webcast.

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EV Survivor: Which of the EV Startups Will Live or Die? web logo
EV Survivor: Which of the EV Startups Will Live or Die?
With the global transition to vehicle electrification moving into high gear, hundreds and hundreds of startups are chasing what is one of the largest business opportunities in the last 100 years. From electric vehicle OEMs such as Rivian, Lucid Motors, and Fisker, to battery startups such as Solid Power, ONE, and QuantumScape, or EV charging companies such as Volta, WiTricity, and EVgo, there will likely be more losers than winners in this race for market and mindshare. More

With the global transition to vehicle electrification moving into high gear, hundreds and hundreds of startups are chasing what is one of the largest business opportunities in the last 100 years. From electric vehicle OEMs such as Rivian, Lucid Motors, and Fisker, to battery startups such as Solid Power, ONE, and QuantumScape, or EV charging companies such as Volta, WiTricity, and EVgo, there will likely be more losers than winners in this race for market and mindshare.

In this webcast, Alexa St. John, auto reporter for Business Insider who specializes in covering EV industry startups, will share her thoughts on the headwinds facing many of these startups and who some of the most likely survivors and next unicorn companies will be. Hosts Brian O’Leary and Loren McDonald will dive into key topics with Alexa including:

  • What are the key hurdles and challenges facing these startups in today’s challenging economic and supply-chain constrained environment?
  • What are the profiles, traits, and signs of success that companies in the EV space have that will most likely determine whether they die, survive, or thrive this decade?
  • Which EV startups among the current crop will survive? Who has the capital, team, backing, supply-chain relationships to pull it off? Who is in trouble? And who are some of the sleeper companies in the EV battery and charging space?
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Managed Charging and Vehicle-to-Grid: Reality or a Distant Dream? web logo
Managed Charging and Vehicle-to-Grid: Reality or a Distant Dream?
October 13, 2022 Co-Hosts: Apoorv Bhargava, CEO and Co-founder of WeaveGrid, Brian O’Leary, Global Accounts Manager, Global Head e-Mobility & Infrastructure, Loren McDonald, Electric Vehicle (EV) Analyst at EVAdoption

With the number of EVs on the road in the US expected to reach nearly 40 million in 2030 from roughly 2.7 million today, several questions have emerged around whether our regional grids will be able to support this growth in demand and load.

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With the number of EVs on the road in the US expected to reach nearly 40 million in 2030 from roughly 2.7 million today, several questions have emerged around whether our regional grids will be able to support this growth in demand and load.

In California for example, modeling from the Energy Innovation Policy & Technology research firm shows electricity demand could grow 18% from 2020 levels by 2030, as vehicles and buildings electrify. But because EVs are essentially storage batteries on wheels and most passenger vehicles sit parked 22 or more hours per day, they have the huge potential to help stabilize the grid rather than bring it down.

In this webcast, Apoorv Bhargava, expert on the grid and EVs and CEO/co-founder of WeaveGrid, a software company that builds data products to enable increased adoption of electric vehicles, will share his thoughts on how the role of emerging techniques such as managed charging, vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-home will play out this decade. Hosts Brian O’Leary and Loren McDonald will dive into key topics with Apoorv including:

  • What we learned about EVs and the grid from the recent threat of blackouts in California
  • The role of managed charging as a key tool in utilities’ toolbox to minimize the load impact of EVs during high demand times of the day.
  • The promise of vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-building to feed power to the grid or minimize the need for additional power generation.
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Are Utilities Ready for the EV Revolution? web logo
Are Utilities Ready for the EV Revolution?
September 8, 2022 Co-Hosts: Brian O’Leary, Global Accounts Manager, Global Head e-Mobility & Infrastructure, Kevin Hernandez, Loren McDonald, Electric Vehicle (EV) Analyst at EVAdoption
By 2030, electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to reach nearly 40 million vehicles on the road in the US and around 12% of all vehicles. This growth in EVs will demand a significant increase in charging infrastructure where people live, work, shop, and travel to — and the utility backbone of power generation, grid transmission, and local distribution. More

By 2030, electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to reach nearly 40 million vehicles on the road in the US and around 12% of all vehicles. This growth in EVs will demand a significant increase in charging infrastructure where people live, work, shop, and travel to — and the utility backbone of power generation, grid transmission, and local distribution.

In this webcast, utility consultant and expert Kevin Hernandez of consulting firm ScottMadden, will share his thoughts on what he believes is the utility industry’s biggest business opportunity in 100 years — but also its largest challenge of which to take advantage. Hosts Brian O’Leary and Loren McDonald will dive into key topics with Kevin including:

  • The utility and public utility commission regulatory framework that can make it difficult for utilities to respond quickly to market changes
  • EV charging infrastructure, battery storage, vehicle to grid, smart charging, and more are significant opportunities for utilities in the future — which market opportunities are they likely to lead versus follow?
  • Supplying power to residential and commercial customers is all about data. How will utilities leverage their existing customer relationships and data analytics to best manage and monetize the expected explosive growth in power demand from EV charging infrastructure.
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US Charging 2.0: Building a More Reliable Public Experience web logo
US Charging 2.0: Building a More Reliable Public Experience
August 11, 2022 Co-Hosts: Cory Bullis, Brian O'Leary, Global Accounts Manager, Global Head e-Mobility & Infrastructure,, Loren McDonald, Electric Vehicle (EV) Analyst at EVAdoption

Almost half of US households do not have the option to charge at home, making reliable public charging options critical for our electric vehicle future. Today, our existing charging network is unfortunately receiving a failing grade.  We will discuss the new US standards for uptime performance and how the industry can best respond while also delivering to the public an A+ experience.

Co-hosted by Loren McDonald and Brian O'Leary. With featured guest Cory Bullis.

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Almost half of US households do not have the option to charge at home, making reliable public charging options critical for our electric vehicle future. Today, our existing charging network is unfortunately receiving a failing grade.  We will discuss the new US standards for uptime performance and how the industry can best respond while also delivering to the public an A+ experience.

Co-hosted by Loren McDonald and Brian O'Leary. With featured guest Cory Bullis.

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The EV Revolution: Past, Present, and Future featuring Chelsea Sexton web logo
The EV Revolution: Past, Present, and Future featuring Chelsea Sexton
The EV Revolution: Past, Present, and Future, features guest Chelsea Sexton. Sexton helped launch the EV-1, was a consulting producer for Who Killed the Electric Car, co-founded Plug-In America, and has held several EV consulting and advisory roles... More
The EV Revolution: Past, Present, and Future, features guest Chelsea Sexton. Sexton helped launch the EV-1, was a consulting producer for Who Killed the Electric Car, co-founded Plug-In America, and has held several EV consulting and advisory roles. She will help O’Leary and McDonald put the last two and a half decades—and the coming decade—of electric vehicle development into perspective. They’ll explore the excitement of the early 1990s through the launch of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt. Sexton will also share her perspective on the state of EV charging infrastructure, what she sees as key for EVs to go mainstream, and if the industry will experience a turning point similar to when Apple launched the iPhone. Less

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