Programs & Events

Science Cafe: Electric Cars

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Science Talks
May. 22, 2014 | Thursday, 7:00pm
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Discussion starts at 7pm, followed by Q&A
Location: Nature Research Center - The Daily Planet Café

The first electric cars were built in the 1880s.  So why aren’t all cars electric today? Join us for a lively discussion of the history of the electric car. What progress has been made? What are the biggest challenges we face today, and in the future? What are the prospects for the electric car?  Will it ever replace the internal combustion engine?

About our Speaker

Ewan Pritchard has been involved with the energy and transportation industry since 1997, and he has worked with vehicle companies and organizations to develop innovative electric and plug-in platforms to reduce environmental emissions and fuel consumption.

At the Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC), at NC State University, he works with the automotive industry to learn the hurdles to the adoption of vehicle electrification and how NC State can overcome those hurdles. Pritchard is best known for his work to bring plug-in hybrid school buses to the market. He is the Associate Director of the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, and is one of the primary investigators for the $146M Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Institute announced by President Obama to be housed at NC State University.

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