Jan Haugen Ihle

Head of Region EU North-West

Jan is Head of Northern and Western Europe in IONITY and is responsible for the establishment of IONITY’s high power charging network in the Nordic, Baltics, UK, Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain.

In his former position as Country Manager Norway in Fortum Charge & Drive Jan Haugen Ihle developed and established the largest and most successful charging network in Norway. He has made this possible by developing customer friendly solutions and cooperating with future oriented partners. Norway has the highest density of electric vehicles in the world. During this establishment and development, he has gained a unique experience in the EV market.

Based on his experience through his work, Mr. Ihle is a frequently used speaker at international environmental conventions, e-mobility conferences and exhibits all over Europe. The Norwegian success in establishing a fast-growing foothold for electrical vehicles and the necessary infrastructure has put Norway on the map in this respect.

Jan Haugen Ihle has over 25 years’ experience from large international companies within the fields of finance, marketing, sales and communication.  Mr. Ihle holds a master's degree in Strategic Marketing & Project Management from BI, Norwegian Business School and a bachelor's degree in Economy & Management from NHH, Norwegian School of Economics.

April 20, 2021
 - 16:10 BST (UTC +01:00)
Panel Discussion

So far, the EV revolution has relied on ‘early -adopters’ willing to accept less than perfect charging experiences as EV owners. Here we will examine how the level of service needs to improve as the market grows and EVs become mainstream to ensure that public charging anxiety doesn’t put off buyers.

- Analysing what consumers want from the charging experience and understanding how chargers are being used

- The importance of developing comfortable charging locations, considering weather protection and innovative locations such as underground charging possible due to no emissions

- Developing national and international standards especially in terms of interoperability and security.

-  As government legislation looks to make contactless payments mandatory, how can chargers be retrofitted to roll this out as easily as possible?

- Building customer focused networks: putting chargers in areas such as rural towns where there is less commercial benefit but expands the network and uptake of EVs