Future Passenger Car: The Drive to 2040

Future Passenger Car: The Drive to 2040

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Mitigating climate change is a significant challenge. Policy makers around the world are focused on the road to zero emissions with particular priority on making the transport sector zero carbon as soon as possible.

Policy makers are trying to eliminate the internal combustion engine from the vehicle park. As engineers, we know that the most efficient use of renewable energy is through Battery Electric Vehicles, but the challenge is that it is unlikely that all transport around the world could be powered by battery electric technologies and certainly not at the pace required.

We believe that net zero greenhouse gas emissions will require a more holistic view of total lifecycle impacts and sustainability, and a more risk-mitigated approach is that meeting transport greenhouse gas goals will require a systems approach: comprising efficiency, utilisation, defossilisation and an integrated multi-energy vector energy system.

Assuming electrification variables are addressed Ricardo sees an increasingly polarised market in which by 2030, on the road from the internal combustion engine, two architectures will dominate: a high-efficiency ICE-mild/non-plug-in hybrid, and a Battery Electric Vehicle.

This webinar covers an introduction to our work and ideas and will cover

  • Our vision for how to get to autonomy
  • An overview of vehicle architecture challenges and attribute requirements 
  • Requirements and possible architectures for future passenger cars
  • Design and development processes
  • Propulsion systems
  • Battery and charging solutions for autonomy for 2035

The Presenters

Dave Read

Dave Read

Chief Engineer, Propulsion Systems View profile
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Philip Crowther

Philip Crowther

Director, Commercial Service Line - Ricardo EMEA View profile
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Owain Davies

Owain Davies

Chief Engineer, Vehicle and Energy Storage View profile
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Neil McGregor

Neil McGregor

Chief Engineer, Systems Integration View profile
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