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Clearing the Path for an Electric, Autonomous and Shared Transportation Future - An Executive Forum

Advanced Energy Economy


Date: December 5, 2018

Time: 3:00AM - 10:00AM

Location: Mintz, One Finanical Center, Boston, MA

Many analysts consider a future where our transportation system is electric, autonomous, and shared as inevitable. The question is not "if" it will happen, but "when." The answer of "when" will depend in part on how quickly transportation electrification, which is an enabling platform for fully autonomous and sharing vehicles, proceeds. The speed of electrification in turn depends partly on the effectiveness of policy in addressing certain market barriers. Sometimes overlooked in these electrification policy conversations today are some of the macro structural issues associated with trends in transportation that hold the potential to generate opposition and slow the transition. The purpose of the Executive Forum is to provide leaders from across the electric vehicle industry an opportunity to step back and explore these fundamental issues and evaluate whether collaboration on solutions could accelerate the arrival of the electric, autonomous, and shared transportation future. 

The issues that will be addressed over the course of the day include, but are not limited to the:

  • Reliance of governments on gasoline and diesel fuel taxes for road infrastructure;
  • Rising opposition to financial incentives for EV adoption; and
  • Employment shifting that will occur as the industry moves to lower maintenance electric vehicles.


Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is a national association of business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid. It's all the innovations that make the energy we use more secure, clean, and affordable.


Tom Burton has helped to shape the clean energy industry by drawing on his passion for innovation. As a Mintz attorney, Tom counsels investors, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 100 companies. He also guides start-up organizations and accelerators to foster the next generation of energy leaders.