Drive Oregon’s Executive Director Jeff Allen Travels to Kuwait for Heading Global 2016

(December 1, 2016) – Our Executive Director, Jeff Allen, attended the Heading Global conference in Kuwait City, Kuwait last month. For the full article featured in Sustainable Business Oregon, click here.

Excerpt from Jeff Allen’s blog:

I was recently invited to travel 7,224 miles to speak about electric and advanced mobility at the Heading Global Conference in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Sponsored by the nation’s largest academic institution, the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, the conference was attended by 1,700 people and had a large focus on “smart city” innovations.

You might well ask: why would Kuwait, one of the top 10 oil producing nations in the world, be interested in electric vehicle technology?

Well, first of all, there is naturally a great deal of interest in electric vehicle sales trends and how they might impact oil sales. However, this was much less of a focus than I expected. A much greater motivation is that Kuwaitis want to invest in technologies and industries that will carry them into a prosperous post-oil future.

Third, and most interesting: as we sat stuck in gridlock during a bus tour of the city, and as I walked around watching people dash across busy roads without sidewalks, it became clear that Kuwaitis face mobility challenges much like those in other industrialized nations. They are just as fascinated by the rise of electric, shared, and autonomous vehicle technologies as American drivers. 

 -Jeff Allen