Battery technology is a fast-moving and disruptive area and myths abound about electric vehicles (EVs). It is natural for many to feel apprehensive, sceptical and concerned when confronted with such change. But if the UK is to meet Net Zero targets, every member of the UK public purchasing a new car will have to have enough confidence about the technology and the ability of EVs to meet their needs by 2030, when sales of petrol and diesel cars will cease.
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To help the British general public engage with, explore, and form opinions about the complex questions raised by the electrification of transport, the Faraday Institution formed a partnership with the Royal Institution. Together, in 2019, the two organisations co-curated a series thought-provoking events, open to the general public, and held in the iconic Royal Institution lecture theatre. The programme was developed to inspire and share the thoughts and opinions of leading thinkers from business, science and policy who are helping to lead and shape the transition to EVs and bringing new industries to the UK. Videos of the talks and their Q&As have since been watched over 200,000 times on the Ri’s YouTube channel.
As the Royal Institution was the place where Michael Faraday lived, worked and presented his world-changing discoveries, we were delighted to partner with the Faraday Institution to explore not just the amazing research they support, but to have a vibrant public debate about the social, political and ethical impacts battery technology will have on our society. The speakers brought a wide breadth of knowledge and feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive.”
Martin Davies, Public Programme Manager – The Royal Institution
Success story updated October 2020.