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Electric vehicles: Are automakers ready for a rapid transition?

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 (3:50pm-5:10pm EST)

Dylan Tanner and Zifei Yang and Corey Cantor and Danielle Woodring and Tom "Smitty" Smith

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 (3:50pm-5:10pm EST)

Electric vehicles (EVs) now represent nearly 10% of new car sales worldwide, and demand remains red-hot.  How are different global automakers positioning themselves to take advantage of the surge in demand -- or to try to slow down the transition?  And are battery and critical minerals supply chains ready for the EV boom? 

Presentation Slides: Available here

Dylan Tanner

In 2015, Dylan Tanner founded InfluenceMap, an independent think tank providing analysis on how business and finance are affecting the climate crisis, and carries overall responsibility for its global operations.

Prior to this,Tanner established a market-leading environmental consultancy in Tokyo that has become ERM Japan. He grew and led a 50-person team engaging in a wide variety of corporate and technical advisory work in Japan and Asia covering environmental audits, land remediation, corporate sustainability, and climate strategies.

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Zifei Yang

Zifei Yang is the Passenger Vehicles Program Lead at the International Council on Clean Transportation.

Her work is aimed at reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles on a global scale. Yang’s research focuses on assessing the potential fuel consumption and emissions reductions from light-duty vehicle technologies and identifying global best practices for fuel efficiency standards, fiscal policies, labeling programs, electrification, and compliance and enforcement.

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Corey Cantor

Corey Cantor is an Electric Vehicles Associate at BloombergNEF, where he covers the economics, policy, and technology behind the EV transition. He specializes in the North American EV market, global EV policy, and electric buses.

Prior to his time at BNEF, Cantor worked for Senator Cory Booker on his economic policy team, focusing on taxes, economics, and the federal budget. He also worked at NDN, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. Cantor received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and master’s from Yale’s School of the Environment

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Danielle Woodring

As the Manager for the Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy at SAFE, Danielle Woodring brings real-world geological and science policy expertise to the Center.

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Tom "Smitty" Smith

Tom “Smitty” Smith is the director of the Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance, working to develop policies needed to electrify transportation in Texas.

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