Plus and Minus
A review of our attendance at the EV Show London 2022
The London EV Show took place at the Excel Centre, 29th Nov – 2 Dec 2022. Quarch Technology was in attendance at the event, keeping our finger on the EV pulse. We were first-time attendees at this “hybrid” event; conference, exhibition and networking combined into one single event. Our team travelled overnight via the Caledonian Sleeper train from Inverness to London. This is our review.
The EV Show London was a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in electric vehicle technology and to connect with key players in the industry. Our technology was demonstrated to a highly interested audience at our stand, which was encouraging. There was a lot of activity! Many discussions took place between influential figures in the field, from universities to EV test experts.
Plus and Minus
+ Gaining knowledge and perspective of how electric motors and EV chargers are developing
+ Seeing a high demand for analysis of high-voltage DC charging systems
+ Interesting discussions with other companies in the industry
+ Our demos worked perfectly, a real testament to our team’s preparation
– Very long days on the stand!
– Few EV makers present
– There is a lack of testing, despite the fact that there is an awareness of this weakness and the need for action
– Not enough engineers. Mainly resellers and marketing people, so we couldn’t always get a good understanding of what other companies were offering
There were a lot of interesting talks and panels during the three days of the conference but one thing that stuck out was how many companies were there selling chargers, batteries, and other products that are used by EVs. Most of these companies were not doing major research or development themselves but rather reselling something made by someone else.
Electric Vans Everywhere
As well as an abundance of electric charge point solutions, there were also a large number of electric vans on display. Not just the standard vans either, there were also chiller vans, drop side vans, and tail lift vans on display.
After looking at dozens of amazing innovations on the main floor, there was something on the ground floor that was spotted earlier and bookmarked for a closer look. A hydrogen-powered van carrying a hydrogen-powered generator for charging EVs. It highlighted how unprepared the UK is for EV’s, how unpractical they are, and how hydrogen is a viable alternative.
This year’s London Electric Vehicle Show was well organized, with ample time allocated for the show and a fantastic venue at the Excel Center. The show is growing and we did book a spot for next year!
There is room for the tech and testing sector of the show to be developed. It would be better if more engineers attended along with sales and marketing.
Since we are a small company it’s important for us to find ways to get our products into the hands of people who will use them properly and give us feedback on how we can improve them. We need to know what features would be valuable for them and what might make them more successful in their application. While I understand that this is just a trade show and not a technical conference, there is a clear need for more technical content.