• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Adam Benshoff

Ford Motor Company

Director of EV Policy

Adam Benshoff is the Director of EV Policy for Ford Motor Company, where he helps lead Ford’s overall strategy and engagement on a full suite of policy issues in the electric transportation space. Specifically, Adam is focused on policies to enable and advance vehicle to grid integration, promote electric charging infrastructure, and unlock the full value of electrifying the transportation sector around the globe. He works closely with policymakers, as well as electric companies, to ensure that the Ford family of customers has access to the programs and technology that will deliver an industry-leading experience. Prior to joining Ford, Adam was the Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), where he led EEI’s economic regulatory issues at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public utility commissions, as well as at state and federal legislatures.  Adam also spent time as EEI’s Deputy General Counsel, representing EEI and its members in proceedings before state and federal agencies on issues such as distributed generation, electric vehicles, regulatory reform, transmission, and energy storage. Earlier, Adam worked for National Grid, where he provided general regulatory and compliance counsel for all National Grid US subsidiaries.  Adam also spent time in private practice representing the interests of commercial and industrial end users. Adam holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Speech Communications from The Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law. Adam currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Andreana, daughter Michela, and dog Bruin.

Sessions With Adam Benshoff

Thursday, 9 March

  • 07:15am - 08:20am (CST) / 09/mar/2023 01:15 pm - 09/mar/2023 02:20 pm

    Charging Up: Building up the infrastructure for electric vehicles

    Transportation & Mobility/Electrification (EVs/built environment)
    As the transition to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) accelerates globally, a corresponding exponential increase in supporting infrastructure is required to facilitate recharging these vehicles in the multitude of locations where they will dwell. With increasing numbers of EVs on the roads, we have observed technological advances in vehicle- and infrastructure-side hardware as well as supporting software. Much can be learned from the experience to date of seasoned industry participants across the domains both domestic and public, plus the service providers both front end and back end, in how to deliver abundant, reliable, safe, user-friendly and profitable infrastructure. How does the industry scale up in a cost-efficient manner and establish profitable business models for all stakeholders? How do we accelerate the rollout process, more rapidly overcoming common bureaucratic and technical bottlenecks? What are the grid implications of simultaneously charging multiple EVs and what are the tools at our disposal to prevent the need for costly reinforcement and upgrades?