Five minutes with Anthony Hinde - Director, Sales & Operations e-mobility UK - Vattenfall

Can you please share a little about yourself with our visitors?

I grew up in London but have had the opportunity to live and work internationally. I have spent 20 years in the sustainability sector, working as the European Sales and Marketing Director in gas turbine heat recovery systems for a Canadian company and then as the Sales and Marketing Director for an Italian firm in the Geothermal power generation sector. Before Vattenfall I worked for Climeon, a Swedish start up disrupting the geothermal world, with the target of being the world number 1 climate solver. I started with Vattenfall in May 2018, and have really enjoyed being part of a great team building out our EV infrastructure across the UK. I am delighted to be in a sector which combines sustainability and mobility.

What should we expect from your session?

Vattenfall provides the city of Amsterdam with all its public EV infrastructure. With over 2,800 charge points, and more planned, this is the largest municipal charging network in Europe. I will be talking about how we support the city’s drive to promote green-energy transport and what we are learning along the way.

What are you most looking forward to at CiTTi 2019?

I look forward to attend City Transport & Traffic Innovation to share industry insight and network with my peers.

Why do you feel events like this are important to the industry?

Conferences are a great place to expand one’s network and find out about latest market trends and innovation, and learn from others.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the industry at the moment?

The most important challenge is the political framework. We need strong emission standards that will create a push towards e-mobility. This will ultimately foster the development of public charging networks. Of course people will be able to charge their car at home – but they will not switch to an EV if they are unsure that they will be able to charge it conveniently anywhere.

We also need to ensure a smooth experience for EV drivers in the UK to encourage uptake.  The Government should look at regulations to ensure interoperability of public charging points, and ensure that governmental funding goes to the right places.