From the Organiser's website:
Countries around the world are pinning much hope on EVs and are investing much effort in popularizing them, as a means of dealing with global warming problems, extricating themselves from their dependence on oil, and addressing energy conservation. As part of this, along with innovations in batteries and other component technologies, the evolution of EVs is being steadily promoted.
Furthermore, in recent years, in addition to partnerships with electric power systems, we have also begun exploring the potential to create value and provide services based on new perspectives such as “intelligence,” and “connectivity” on the back of advances in information technology.
It is our hope, therefore, that EVS 31 will serve as a forum for international discussions on topics of “new mobility” in the form of next-generation EVs, and a “smart society” — a new futuristic society carved out around this new mobility.