Jake Whitehead
Dr Jake Whitehead

Date: Tuesday 28 July 2020

Time: 2 – 2.50pm

Forum: Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program webinar

Speaker(s): Dr Jake Whitehead,  The University of Queensland

Location: Zoom link

Contact: Deborah Taylor, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program Administrator

RSVP: No RSVP needed

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The University of Queensland is leading a number of research projects focused on examining the future of heavy vehicles. In particular, they are investigating what future buses and trucks will be powered by, the associated costs, emissions, operational and logistical implications of these new options, the energy requirements, and the implications of this for the electricity grid.  Additionally, how to accelerate the uptake of low-emission options to meet global climate targets.

This presentation will focus specifically on the deployment of zero emission buses (ZEBs); that is battery electric buses (BEBs) and hydrogen fuel cell buses (FCBs) in the Australian context. The presentation will conclude by considering the potential implications of COVID-19 on ZEB deployment (positives and negatives), and on transport behaviour more broadly. 


  • 2 pm –         Introduction
  • 2.05 pm – Presentation by Dr Jake Whitehead, Tritium E-Mobility Fellow & Advance Qld Industry Research Fellow, Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation & School of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, The University of Queensland
  • 2.35 pm –  Audience Q&A
  • 2.50 pm –  Close

About the speaker

Dr Jake Whitehead holds a Chair in E-Mobility, as the Tritium e-Mobility Fellow, at the University of Queensland’s Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, and UQ’s School of Civil Engineering, and is UQ’s lead in Transport Energy interdisciplinary research.

Jake’s research expertise on future mobility has been demonstrated through regular media and public engagements, as well as several industry and government engagements, including appointment by the Queensland Government to lead the development of an Electric Vehicle Strategy for Queensland – The Future is Electric, and support for the planning of the Queensland Electric Super Highway.

Jake is a Lead Author of the Transport Chapter of AR6 at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a member of the International Electric Vehicle Policy Council, at the University of California, Davis; and Special Advisor on Mobility Policy at Veitch Lister Consulting.

Jake’s research interests cover future mobility transitions, e-mobility, smart charging for electric vehicles, consumer preferences towards future mobility technologies, transport policy, road pricing, and autonomous vehicles.