Electric Vehicles: The Challenges and Opportunities of Future Mobility

As part of a commitment to making every car and van in the UK emission free by 2050, the Government’s 2040 Ambition is to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Join us as our expert panel discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by the development of electric vehicles, and the ways in which government, industry and academia can collaborate to tackle the key issues, such as:

  • The necessary steps to ensure the UK remains a global leader in the sector
  • The development of battery technology and charging infrastructure in-line with demand
  • Bridging the technology-policy gap to ensure technologies evolve to meet future objectives
  • Incentivising Electric Vehicle usage to achieve current net-zero targets

Speakers include:

  • Phil Blythe CEng, FIET, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Transport and Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems, Newcastle University
  • More TBC

About the speakers:

Phil Blythe is Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) at Newcastle University. Prior to joining the Department for Transport he was Director of the Transport Operations Research Group for 13 years.

Phil’s research portfolio covers a wide range of areas where ITS has been applied to transport including: road to vehicle communications; road user charging systems; ITS for assistive mobility, electromobility and future intelligent infrastructure.

Phil chairs the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s Transport Policy Panel, is a member of their Lectures Committee and supports the IET in the UK and abroad in areas such intelligent transport, connected and autonomous vehicles, electro-mobility and smart cities and on the Big Data / Internet of Things agendas. In March 2012 Phil was awarded the Reece-Hills Medal for a lifetime personal contribution to ITS.



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