Advisory Board

An international, high-profile group

The eBRIDGE Advisory Board is an external group of seven experts selected from relevant fields related to electric mobility, energy efficiency and public transport.

It is made up of representatives from the industry sector (utilities and recharging infrastructure), public bodies (energy agencies, public authorities, research and associations of public transport), as well as high-level experts in the field of electric mobility.

The Advisory Board will provide practical and theoretical insights along the project and will help to serve as an instrument to add quality to project results, support the achievement of project goals and contribute to an effective dissemination of projects activities and results.

Who are the Advisory Board members

Caroline Cerfontaine


Caroline Cerfontaine holds a Master‘s degree in translation of the ILMH- Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels. She joined UITP in 2006 and manages different UITP working bodies (Transport & Urban Life Commission, Combined Mobility Platform and Academic Network).

The Combined Mobility Platform looks at how to develop synergies between public transport and car sharing, cycling, taxis etc. Caroline was involved in the EU Project MOMO and is now involved in the EU-Project NODES.

Gerhard Günther


DI Gerhard Günther is the Managing Director of the Vorarlberg Automotive Design and Consulting GmbH, a subsidiary of the illwerke vkw. After his studies of electrical engineering at the University of technology in Munich he worked for different companies all over the world: Sauer (machines for textiles, USA), ABB (marketing, Singapore), Siemens KWU (placing into operation of power plants, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Germany and The Netherlands).

Since 1997 he is head of the department for electrical engineering and services at illwerke vkw, the regional power supplier of the province of Vorarlberg.

In 2008 Günther became managing director of the VLOTTE - Vorarlberg Elektroautomobil GmbH (Vorarlberg e-car ltd) and was therefore responsible for the VLOTTE-project, one of the biggest model regions for e-mobility in Europe. Within a short time, 357 electric vehicles have been brought on the roads, a wide charging infrastructure area has been implemented and comprehensive mobility packages (including public transport) have been developed with partners.

With his know-how, Gerhard is a sought keynote speaker at congresses and consultant for companies, institutions and municipalities.

Jonathan Köhler

Fraunhofer ISI

Dr Jonathan Köhler is Senior Scientist at the Fraunhofer From 2000 to 2005 he was Research Theme Manager, Integrating Frameworks at Tyndall Centre, responsible for development and coordination of the research theme on Integrated Assessment methodologies for climate change policy analysis, line management of research fellow and management of 12 research projects within the theme.

He has worked on IAM (Integrated Assessment Model) development for climate policy and on EU and global macroeconomic modelling for energy and climate policy analysis. He was theme leader, economics in the UK OMEGA consortium on aviation and the environment. He is involved in the EU CleanSky research consortium and has published on emissions trading in aviation.

Jonathan is currently working on transitions modelling and the modelling of innovation systems and processes in transport. He has published on automobile industry strategies and policies for electric vehicles and hybrids. He has also developed simulation models for the diffusion of new vehicle technologies.

Rubén Blanco

Little Electric Cars Spain

Rubén Blanco is Founder of LITTLE ELECTRIC CAR and MOVELCO MOBILITY. Actually he is the CEO of both companies, market leaders of electric mobility and premium manufacturer of electric vehicles 100% Spanish.
Before founding LITTLE he was Product Manager at MGI Courier and Faurecia. He was responsible for product strategic and MGR at the Buying Department at MGI Courier Group. (+30 units of production) He has good relationship with the mains OEMS (RSA, PSA, Nissan, Ford, VW Group, GMC, etc.).
Inspired by the technical possibilities he is convinced that the end of the age of fossil fuel is coming closer and therefore takes challenges and chances of this shift into account.

Tom Nørbech


Tom Nørbech is Senior Adviser at Transnova the Norwegian governmental tool dedicated to promote climate-efficient transport.

Among others, Transnova contributes to the funding of projects on charging infrastructure and the use of electric vehicles in fleets – e.g. taxis, postal services, etc.

Tom is in charge of the development of a national strategy for charging infrastructure – currently over 3,500 charging points; thereof 70 are quick-charging stations. His fields of interest are ICT and ITS linked to electric mobility.

Tom has published on ITS and electric mobility. He holds masters degrees in Sociology and Psychology.

Patricio Peral

Energy Technological Institute

Patricio Peral is Project Manager of the Strategic Projects & Business Development department at Energy Technological Institute (ITE) He has a degree in Automation and Industrial Electronic Engineer and began his career at the international company Omron Electronics, S.A.

Since 2008 Patricio works at ITE, initially as project manager of automation, control and energy sector and currently in the Operational Area.

Patricio participates and coordinates projects in the fields of demand side management and sustainable mobility such as GAD Project (for Active Demand Side Management, led by Iberdrola, S.A., the Spanish energy utility), EPV Project (Electric Powered Vehicle, led by ITE), SURTIDOR Project (for Ultra-rapid charge system using intelligent transference of DC with direct contact and optional system of energy storage) and SMARTV2G (Smart Vehicle to Grid Interface, a FP7 project led by ITE).

Since 2010 he is volunteer member of IEEE Standards Association Working Groups, where he has contributed to P2030.1 WG.

In 2011, he was ITE’s representative member in the WP3 "Demand side, Metering & Retail" at ETP SmartGrids and in the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC).

Patricio has published on Electrical Vehicle and Energy Demand Side Management.

Robert Stüssi

Portuguese Electric Vehicle Association (APVE)

Robert Stüssi is an urban and regional planner specialising in transport policy and sustainable mobility. He has a long career advising government, regional and local authorities about city mobility and the introduction of soft and complementary modes such as car sharing, cycling, traffic calming, demand responsive transport as well as the introduction of alternative vehicle and fuel technologies.

Robert has been a project director responsible for the management of projects and studies financed by different countries and international agencies (World Bank, European Commission, African Bank for Development, Danish Development Agency). He is a former president of AVERE (The European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) and WEVA (World Electric Vehicle Association). He has also been involved in research and lecturing at several universities including Central University Quito, International University Lisbon and Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

Robert is president of APVE a non-profit, nationwide association with the mission of promoting the use of electric vehicles (Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell) under an integrated transport policy and sustainable mobility.

Robert is qualified with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Masters of Science in Planning in addition to Postgraduate qualifications in Emerging Countries and Regional Master Plans.