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06 March 2012
A forthcoming public lecture at Cardiff University will discuss whether electric cars are the future of sustainable motoring to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week.
The lecture, delivered by leading automotive academic Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, will consider the societal, environmental and business implications of all cars being electric in the future.
The lecture will address some of the limitations associated with this scenario, such as the need for increased electricity supply to charge the vehicles and how to overcome so called ‘range anxiety’ – the fear that a vehicle has insufficient range (or charge) to reach its destination.
As well as these limitations, the lecture will discuss whether it’s possible for the current economic model of buying a new car to be radically transformed because electric vehicles are more expensive to buy but are cheaper to run in the long-term.
Dr Nieuwenhuis said: "The technology of cars has taken a natural path over the last one hundred years from mechanical to electrical. We therefore need to consider whether it’s inevitable that all cars will be electric in the future, and if so, how to overcome some of the issues this situation presents."
The lecture is hosted by the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) and supported by ENEVATE as part of National Science & Engineering Week which is coordinated by the British Science Association.
Dr Nieuwenhuis is an Associate Member of BRASS, lecturer at Cardiff Business School and Co-director of the Centre for Automotive Industry Research (CAIR). His research interests are in sustainable personal mobility and automobility relating to sustainable production and consumption of cars, industrial ecology, alternative fuels and localisation. He has also developed the concept of Micro Factory Retailing with Dr Peter Wells, a fellow BRASS Associate Member, which is one of the flagship research projects within BRASS.
The lecture will take place at 5.30pm on Tuesday 13th March in the Small Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Cardiff University. There will be a drinks reception before the lecture in the VJ Gallery at 5pm.
For more information and to register your attendance please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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