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The Great Personal Transport Debate 2012: 'Will your car cost the earth?'

02 August 2012

Road pricing, green fuels and rising oil prices were among the subjects tackled at a landmark debate hosted by the UK’s largest engineering institutions at Reading University earlier this year.

The Great Personal Transport Debate 2012, hosted by the IMechE, IET, IChemE and BCS, featured some of the industry's biggest names from the likes of the RAC, BP and Ricardo. The debate was chaired by IMechE Past President, John Wood MBE.


Future Internal Combustion Engines for Passenger Cars

: Dr Cedric Rouaud, Chief Engineer, Engines Product Group at Ricardo UK, examines the low-carbon future of the internal combustion engine.

Duration: 14:44

Liquid fuels perspective on low-carbon vehicles

Speaker(s): John Rogerson, Fuels Advisor at BP Global Fuels Technology, discusses the continuing importance of liquid fuels to the low carbon vehicle market

Duration: 11:53

North East of England Electromobility and Smarter Grid Trials: Charging Ahead

: Professor Phil Blythe, of the Transport Operations Research Group at Newcastle University, looks at the challenges of creating of a comprehensive connected EV charging network across North East England

Duration: 18:12


Speaker(s): The panel of speakers answer questions from the floor

Duration: 55:50

Road Pricing and Future Roads Infrastructure

: Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the RAC Foundation, discusses how we can meet the challenge of ever-increasing road congestion, and how to pay for it.

Duration: 16:12

The future of hybrid vehicles

Speaker(s): Jon Hilton, Managing Partner of Flybrid Systems, examines the benefits and challenges of hybrid cars, as well as the trends and technologies that are set to shape their future.

Duration: 13:27

Welcome & Introductions

: Debate chairman, John Wood MBE, opens the debate

Duration: 9:07