Future Vehicles


Making sense of the future transport and logistics environment and how it might impact the choices you make about fuels and vehicles. Where should you invest and who are the innovators in this space?


Day One


Basics: future vehicles, future fuels, what do you need to know and think about

Introductory Session

There are many more options for new vehicles being developed, particularly around alternative fuels. This practical session will look at what you need to factor into your decision making before you procure the next set of vehicles that is right for your operation.


What’s the reality of autonomous vehicles and what’s the business model?

Panel Debate

If autonomous vehicles are to be adopted in the commercial sector, they need a business case. Costs need to be lower than conventional vehicles, they need to be safe, they need to be reliable, fit into a complex supply chain and be liked by customers and consumers. We regularly hear that autonomous vehicles are just a few years away, but what’s the reality and what business transformations will they really bring about?


The future for HGVs – what, when and how?

Expert Opinion

Advances in technology are helping to reduce emissions from vehicles, but the weight and size of HGVs brings big challenges for manufacturers. In this session we will discuss what help the sector needs, how this transformation is happening and what incentives would support the use and development of zero and low emission HGVs. 


What does the future look like for bus and coach?

Practical Case Studies

Each electric bus can prevent up to 60 tonnes of carbon emissions per year as well as having lower maintenance costs than a diesel engine. This means that more companies and cities are moving from diesel to electric. In this session, we'll hear a real-life examples of how electric vehicles can improve PCV operations.


What will mass-market adoption of electric vehicles mean for the grid?

Solving Problems

The development and adoption of electric vehicles will place new demands on infrastructure which has raised questions about whether it can cope. In this session we will hear from those responsible for installing, operating and maintaining rapid charge points and get their thoughts on key questions, including: how can our cycle of charging batteries become more dynamic; what information will users need to know; what are the best times to charge; and what will it cost?     


Day Two


What is the ultra-low emission truck?

Expert Opinions

In order for commercial organisations to invest they need certainty. If manufacturers are to invest billions of pounds in new models, they need to be certain that the goal-posts for what will be legally allowed on our roads will not change for the life-time over which their investment can be depreciated. To unlock this investment the transport industry needs a definition of what an ultra-low emission truck is. Our experts give their views on what this definition might look like, and what is achievable in truck technologies in the near future and over time.


Being confident that we have an ethical supply chain for electric and gas vehicles

Panel Debate

The supply chain for transport must not only be effective for businesses, but also of the highest reputational and ethical standards. This session seeks confirmation that sufficient electricity, gas, battery and other power sources can be produced in a way that is sustainable and ethical.


Futuregazing: what could vehicles be?                                                                  

Expert Opinion

This session looks further ahead to the future and is designed to challenge many of the assumptions of your business and our industry. If we looked afresh at our needs and business operations, what do we really need our vehicles to be?


When will electric replace diesel van fleets, and how?

Panel Debate

Manufacturers are increasingly involved in the development of electric vehicles and although technology is advancing, there are significant operational challenges around payload, infrastructure and cost. What path should you be taking on the road to electric vans, and is electric the right path for your company?    


Which alternative fuel is the one to back? 

Problem Solving

From natural gas to electricity, the range of alternative fuels available for the sector is quite broad. Which ones should we prioritise in terms of efficiency, costs and environmental benefits? Does there need to be one winner, or is the future full of multiple options?


Can passenger transport really get to zero?

Expert Opinion

How can zero-emissions be achieved in the transport of passengers? And can this be achieved efficiently and economically? What incentives and infrastructure are needed? Our experts will set out their proposals.

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