The EV days is an exhibition and a conference dedicated to electric mobility that represents a new global technological solution for transportation of people and goods.
Organizers of this prestigious event are Ninamedia and the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, in cooperation with RTS as the media partner.
The event is envisaged as an interactive experience that will gather all the leading companies from the automotive industry, component manufacturers, automotive parts makers and software designers, companies that make chargers and auxiliary infrastructure for electric and hybrid vehicles. The panels will feature some ofthe most prominent names in the region’s automotive industry, top experts, as well as students.
The event will gather the representatives of government, local and regional institutions connected to the mentioned field, as well as representatives of companies that have experience or are planning to introduce solutions based on electric mobility into their business operations.
The EV days days will be organized in several segments that will fully cover all current events related to this topic, providing an opportunity for all the participants to present themselves in a direct way to the visitors at the event, as well as to the wider audience through communication platforms.
The EV days will organize an exhibition, and a conference that will be divided into several panel discussions, which will provide an opportunity for the visitors to familiarize themselves with the aspects that follow the journey of electric and hybrid vehicles. Speakers from the world's largest organizations regarding the latest technologies related to electric and hybrid vehicles will share their experience and knowledge in panel discussions and keynote lectures.
Interactive panel discussions will cover numerous questions and dilemmas presented by the visitors. The exhibition area will allow visitors to test electric vehicles, chargers and learn about EV components.
The automobile industry is in the process of transition which is dependent on and shaped by existing technology, but also current regulations and government policies. A look at the latest available models on the market makes it clear that hybrid and fully electric vehicles are ready to take over. However, the change comes with technology limitations, which primarily pertain to vehicle range, charging technology, operation and maintenance conditions etc. The electric and hybrid vehicle production industry is further encouraged by ever decreasing costs of batteries, and it is focused on accelerating electrification, paying little attention to the price of different electric vehicle types, as well as the availability of the charging infrastructure. Now this industry is faced with two important questions:
1. How to develop and produce these vehicles under conditions that will be the most acceptable to end-users, and
2. How to overcome the obstacle of insufficiently developed infrastructure, and make the electric vehicle ecosystem sustainable.
It is impossible to answer these questions without a detailed analysis of current regulations and government policies, whose decisions (subsidies for users or infrastructure projects), support and attention given to the development of technology will significantly impact the development and future of green vehicles equally. Current, as well as upcoming regulations, national and local policies and incentives for the development of this sector in the Republic of Serbia are in the focus of this panel.
In the light of new commercial and technical capabilities offered by modern electric transport systems, and electric vehicles in particular, it is necessary to analyse technological and economic challenges producers of basic vehicle components, companies and individuals as users face, while considering alternative sources of financing. All three aspects ostensibly have a significant impact on the overall economic viability of the electric vehicles. When considering the current state of technology, electric vehicles offer at least the same level of comfort, and in certain segments, they have completely surpassed “traditional” vehicles (HMI, energy management, artificial intelligence and autonomy). This practically means that electric vehicles could become fully competitive in the market, with the right incentives, and with consideration of new financing models. Introducing modern technologies into operations and the development of new conceptual solutions, especially ones whose result is a direct reduction of operating expenses, make it easier to identify possible financing risks, and therefore enable direct and indirect involvement of private capital into the EV sector. Modern technologies demand a modern approach to financing models, both end-users and development segments. It is entirely clear that the end-price, and therefore the sustainability of electric vehicles utilization, will be significantly impacted by the EV component market. One of the main tasks for manufacturers of basic components for electric vehicle drive systems (as well as other elements which impact the comfort of end-users) will be to produce highly efficient solutions, which satisfy the strict quality criteria, while using the least amount of resources possible. It is not difficult to conclude that the main mission for the market competitors in the future will be to decrease the end price of the technology. With the development of specific demands, in regard to electric mobility and urban micro-mobility, more specifically as the new business model for local transportation networks, the entire EV ecosystem will inevitably become much more competitive (“cost-efficient”) in the market.
For full integration of modern transport systems based on electric vehicles, in addition to technological progress, it is also necessary to work on education and raising awareness among all key stakeholders (the public, companies, individuals, students and so on) about the benefits of using electric vehicles. The future of electric mobility is closely tied to research and development activities, which are accomplished through cooperation between the private sector and academia, and which may be financed via different funds (instruments), both private, national and international. Naturally, all R&D activities that include modern technologies, especially the ones in the field of electromobility, have become significantly more multidisciplinary. This enabled the development of contemporary concepts with a goal to further highlight all benefits of individual technologies. Smart cities, a concept almost impossible to imagine without electrified form of transportation (public transportation, personal vehicles, micro-mobility) could perpetuate the adoption of new technologies. This can particularly be applied to conceptual solutions such as “green” university campuses and “green” smart city centres, where access is only permitted to electric vehicles. The concept of urban micro-mobility (e-bicycles, e-scooters and light electric vehicles), while technically ready for integration, still does not enjoy full support from the public. A positive contribution to the concept of urban micro-mobility was made by new business models, especially companies which have developed local logistical networks, where the use of electric vehicles (with adequate solutions for route optimization) could make a significant impact on the reduction of operating costs. The result of these solutions would greatly improve the quality of life in urban environments in terms of air pollution, noise pollution, and easier mobility and in many other segments. Additionally, these solutions encourage changes in the design of urban centres and infrastructure, enabling solutions that are socially and environmentally sensible.
The charging infrastructure and technology for electric and hybrid vehicles has the very difficult task of satisfying the almost exponential growth in the EV market, while simultaneously predicting a number of different scenarios for the future. Almost universally, the charging of the electric vehicles can be performed using AC or DC charging, with different power levels. The expansion of sustainable charging infrastructure for electric vehicles enables the development of completely new business models and exceptional opportunities for cooperation between different companies. The developers of charging technology, in cooperation with companies providing charging services, have to cooperate on a mission to provide all infrastucture users with easy access and a seamless experience. At the same time, the providers of these new services will have the opportunity and need the capability for quick growth and development of their own infrastructure capacities. Currently, there are quick AC chargers on the market, whose charging speed is dependent on battery capacity and the available charging technology on-board of the vehicle, and ultra-quick DC chargers, whose speed depends solely on their power. The power of DC chargers is usually around 50 kW, while there are some ultra-quick chargers with a capacity of over 150 kW available on the market and intended for high-traffic locations. Therefore, reducing the time necessary for charging of electric vehicles, as well as increasing the capacity (number of spots) is a significant challenge for public infrastructure. However, while connection of electric vehicles to the power system represents a major challenge, it also presents us with a great opportunity considering the possibilities for their active use (and potentially control). Additionally, considering the inevitable development in the field of distributed energy resources, the emergence of modern commercial technologies can be expected, aiming to utilize the mutual co-benefits of these technologies. Evidently, a complete answer to the question at hand can only be acquired by considering the corresponding administrative procedures of local administration and public authorities in the field of energy, which can significantly impact the development of the sustainable model for the infrastructure in the future.
The development of software aplications that will enable mass use of electric and hybrid vehicles already represents an important industry in itself, the evolution of which is almost incomprehensible. In addition to classic software solutions which aim to increase the essential comfort of electric vehicle users, the use of advanced control techniques has enabled the development of other fields with such growth that they could be cosnidered as separate business sector. This primarily refers to the vehicle information network, i.e. all those devices, tools and software solutions which enable the vehicle to “sense” its immediate environment, and to interact with the former to a certain degree (within the vehicle itself or with other traffic participants). With the interaction of certain systems within the vehicle itself, the issues of energy management, performance and lifetime of specific electric vehicle elements (namely the battery as the most sensitive part) have been resolved. In addition, timely information and adequate management directives can be ensured with a well-designed and a “smart” human machine interface (HMI). With a higher level of interaction between the vehicle and the environment, certain issues such as limited range, can be reduced to an acceptable level. This can be made possible through the use of route optimization and appropriate software solutions, likely to also result in the reduction of operating expenses of companies using them. Furthermore, a lot of the focus was set on developing the systems and solutions for autonomous driving, representing the peak of the (electric) vehicle information network use. Certainly, software solutions in this field must be continuously improved in order to satisfy the highest standards of reliability, while they simultaneously rise several other important questions. The issue of autonomous driving cannot be resolved without an in-depth discussion about the safety of information systems (cyber security), especially from the aspect of introducing artificial intelligence. A major concern related to the inclusion of artificial intelligence in the process of decision-making is also the question on programming a critical and ethical decision-making process, while solving for the formal and legal accountability conundrum.
When it comes to the electric vehicles of today, one of the basic questions each potential buyer asks is - does the electric vehicle offer enough benefits in relation to their current needs? The perception of electric vehicles in the today’s society, largely based on a prejudice as consequence of rapid shifts in the technology, often factors in the issue of applicability of EV technology. The truth is that the field of electric mobility is far more common than one might believe. It is very important that potential users are familiar with all fields where electric vehicles have been established as the “new normal”, and in that respect, with existing types of EVs, where they can be used and how they are maintained. Indubitably, when considering the EV ecosystem, and the utilization value of electric vehicles, the role of subsidies and support for end users, not only for purchase but also during operation, is very important. The future of electric vehicles eco-systems seems bright, but in order to keep the technology on the right track it is necessary to reach out and educate users, in order to raise awareness about how new technologies related to the use of electric vehicles can change their lifestyle.
Part of the exhibition segment of the conference will take place at the Master Centre, where the audience will have the opportunity to get a detailed introduction to electric and hybrid vehicles. The visitors will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the electric and hybrid vehicle chargers.
Sample chargers will be available for testing the connection, disconnection and unlocking of the charger, as well as the data they show.Also, the participants of the event will have the opportunity to see all the advantages and limitations of the AC and DC charger technologies.
The exhibition part will complete the whole event through practical experiences, so visitors will have a proper image of the electric vehicle life cycle.
EV DAYS will feature a testing zone where the audience will have the opportunity to get familiarized with the use of hybrid and electric vehicles.
The dynamic zone is designed to add to the topic of: Electric vehicles in practice.
The testing zone will be in the outside area of the Master Centre, which will be fully adjusted to the needs of the exhibitors as well as the visitors.
IEEE4CHALLENGE is a project consisting of 4 thematic challenges intended for students who will attempt to solve the problems that the automotive engineers face.
Through the challenges, the students will be introduced to the latest technological approaches and industrial problems of today. In addition to acquiring new skills and knowledge, the IEEE 4 CHALLENGE enables networking between students with similar interests who will try to solve different issues through creativity, fun and teamwork.
The competition will take place on the first day of the EV days exhibition and conference.Over a period of several hours, the teams will attempt to solve the challenges set by leading companies in the automotive industry. Teams of students will have help from professional engineers. The winners of each of the challenges will be announced on the second day, at the conference closing ceremony. For any additional info please write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org