Expertsession: Thew bumpy road towards green mobility

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12 May 2022
14:30 - 16:00

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By 2035 all new cars and vans on the road in Europe must operate in a climate-neutral way. The same objective is set for new trucks in 2040. A number of such vehicles have already appeared on the market that run on energy supplied from batteries or from fuel cells. To enable a complete shift away from fossil fuels however further developments are needed and most of these developments aim at further improving automotive powertrain technology. In this presentation the basics of battery and fuel cell technology are explained and their strength and weaknesses are discussed. Illustrations of technology roadmaps that aim to overcome these weaknesses are presented. It is explained how the transition towards fossil-free transportation vehicles is interlinked with several other technological and societal changes. Some critical observations are made on optimistic growth scenarios that have been presented in several foresight studies and vision papers in recent years.


14:15 Walk in
14:30 Presentation by Rik Baert
15:30 Discussion led by Jan Wouters
16:00 Network drink

Participation is free of charge.

Rik Baert is professor at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He has been involved with research and development of automotive powertrain technology for more than 40 years while working at several universities, at DAF and at TNO.

Jan Wouters is a blogger and presenter about the future of mobility. The blogs can be found on Jan has written a book about the history of the electric car and previously also researched the 'Wankel engine'.