The Future of Road Transport; Plug-in Hybrids, Road-pricing, NGVs or Hydrogen?
Do technological advances, reducing carbon emissions and intelligent IT mean we are we on the verge of the greatest change to road transport since the introduction of the Ford Model T?
Which technologies and policies will be the winners and losers?
Until 2015, the UK will be spending £400m to enable the emergence of plug-in vehicles. As congestion continues its inexhorable rise, will road-pricing come in to price scarcer road resources and will hydrogen, for so long full of promise, finally come of age and crucially, at an affordable cost?
Trying to forecast such momentous change is not easy. FES has brought together four leading UK experts to find out what’s happening and where we are going.
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ON PLUG-IN HYBRIDS: Vice-Chancellor Prof. Julia King
Julia King was appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March 2007 to lead the ‘King Review’ to examine the vehicle and fuel technologies that, over the next 25 years, could help to reduce carbon emissions from road transport. The interim analytical report was published in October 2007, and the final recommendations in March 2008.
ON ROAD-PRICING: Prof. Stephen Glaister CBE – RAC Foundation and Imperial College London
Stephen Glaister has been Director of the RAC Foundation since October 2008. He is also Emeritus Professor of Transport and Infrastructure at Imperial College London and was Partnership Director of Tube Lines. Previously Stephen was also a board member of TfL and has worked for the Rail Regulator. He has advised government on numerous occasions.
ON HYDROGEN: Professor Steve Bennington, Chief Scientific Officer of Cella Energy
Steve is CSO of Cella Energy who are working on an “artificial petrol” made of hydrogen microbeads that could work with conventional internal combustion engines. Lead inventor of Cella hydrogen storage technology and head of a world-class scientific team from the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, London Centre for Nanotechnology at University College London (UCL) and Oxford University. Group Leader for four of the spectrometers at the ISIS pulsed neutron source. Published over 180 papers and technical reports.
ON COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS VEHICLES / BIOMETHANE: John Baldwin, Managing Director, CNG Services
Read about CNG services here. With over 30 years experience in the gas industry, John is a former President of the SBGI (Society of British Gas Industries) and is Chairman of the Renewable Energy Association Biogas Group. Natural gas vehicles are expanding fast in many developing countries and breaking into the municipal transport sector of the United States. According to the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles, there were 12.6 million on the world’s roads in 2010, an increase of 11.6% on the previous year. CNG Services hopes to bring this boom to the UK with its expertise in designing and building NGV fuelling stations.
Program (all times are close approximates):
4.30 – 5.00 p.m. – Registration and Coffee
5.00 – 5.10 p.m. – Opening Remarks
5.10 – 5.25 p.m. – Speaker 1: Prof. Julia King on Plug-in Hybrids
5.25 – 5.40 p.m. – Speaker 2: Prof. Stephen Glaister on Road Pricing
5.40 – 5.55 p.m. – Speaker 3: Prof. Stephen Bennington on Hydrogen
5.55 – 6.10 p.m. – Speaker 4: John Baldwin on CNG / Biomethane vehicles
5.55 – 6.25 p.m. – Q&A
6.25 – 6.30 p.m. – Closing Remarks
6.30 p.m. – until quite late – Drinks Reception and Canapes
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