Review: intercharge network conference 2018

The intercharge network conference 2018 Showcased New International Trends in the Field of Digital Mobility

For the sixth year in a row, electric mobility specialist Hubject brought together the most important players from the mobility, energy, and technology sectors at its own intercharge network conference (icnc) in early June 2018.

This year, more than 1,000 international participants from corporations, start-ups, science, politics, associations, and the media made their way to Berlin, which as a city itself is a showcase for digitalized mobility. The event’s slogan was “Two Days to Reinvent the Way We Move,” and against this backdrop, experts from three continents discussed the future of mobility. From electric mobility to autonomous driving, the connected car, and intelligent energy management systems – the conference’s range of topics grew significantly this year, reflecting the market’s tremendous growth.

By the way – anyone who has something to contribute to or wants to learn more about “Modern Mobility” can request an invitation to the next icnc. Simply send an email to icnc@hubject.com.

And for everyone who couldn’t make it to this year’s conference we will offer – for a small service fee – a range of videos with insights, interviews and panel recordings in the next weeks. So stay tuned for more. It will be well worth it.


“The technology will only be fully accepted when a car can drive autonomously in cities like Paris.”
– Lior Sethon, Mobileye, an Intel Company


Lior Sethon of Mobileye, an Intel Company and the market leader for autonomous driving, gave the opening keynote. Lior spoke about the rapid development of autonomous vehicles and the associated opportunities and risks. In his view, autonomous vehicles do not necessarily need a constant mobile internet connection, as many say is a requirement. Instead, the cars can operate independently and based on hyper-accurate maps.

Dr. Hang Yin of the State Grid Corporation of China – the world’s largest energy supplier – offered an in-depth look at his country, which is leading the world in the field of electric mobility. State Grid and other players are hard at work on expanding China’s charging infrastructure, and aim to achieve charging station coverage of 88 percent by 2020.


“By 2020, charging stations will cover 88% of the market in China.”
– Dr. Hang Yin, State Grid Corporation of China

Thomas Nindl of Qualcomm, the innovation leader in static and dynamic inductive charging, offered a glimpse into the future of wireless charging. During a test near Paris, two vehicles traveling at a speed of 120 km/h were charged with 20 kilowatts. During this process, the company analyzed driving both forward and reverse and driving dynamically onto and off of the charging coils. This method of charging on the road could be a solution to range issues.

The following panel also discussed easier charging. The gist of the discussion about the US charging infrastructure market was: “clever and quick.” Harmeet Singh of Greenlots, Dr. Rajit Gadh of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center, Eric Bach of Lucid Motors, and Obrie Hostetter of Hubject agreed in their analysis of trends in the charging sector that smart and high power charging will shape competition in the US market. As always, one state above all others wants to play a leading role here – California.


“We have to make things easier for the drivers. Innovations like Plug&Charge are a step in the right direction.”
– Dr. Rajit Gadh, UCLA


With the new “e-tron,” Audi is focusing specifically on making things easier. Dr. Alexander Schuller from Audi offered interesting insights from a automaker’s perspective into the Plug&Charge technology trend and the application of the associated ISO 15118 standard.


“As one of the first players to offer important components for the Plug&Charge ecosystem, Hubject plays a central role in the implementation and proliferation of the ISO 15118 standard.”
– Dr. Alexander Schuller, Audi


In the event’s final talk, Jan Aengenvoort from Next Kraftwerke, Andrei Rotaru from EnergiMine, and Val Miftakhov from eMotorWerks shed some light on what the world of energy would be like in the future, with aspects like trading green energy via blockchain, efficient grid utilization thanks to virtual power plants, and smart charging. Functional approaches already exist for many of these. However, it quickly became clear that there is more to a true transformation than just technology – without a progressive regulatory framework and profitable business models, the energy revolution isn’t going to work out.



The intercharge network conference (icnc) 2018 was a great success, and not just in terms of the numbers. With over 1,000 participants, it is the world’s largest conference on eMobility. The event once again resulted in numerous thought-provoking ideas and inspirations for the market. The term “Digital Mobility” has not yet fully been brought to life, however. The industry is traveling down an exciting path. The next progress report will be available no later than at the icnc 2019 in Berlin.