Members of the IAAPS team attended the Low Carbon Vehicle show (LCV) on 4th and 5th September at Millbrook Proving Ground in Milton Keynes to take part in the debate surrounding the future of low carbon vehicles. The research expertise and technical capabilities at IAAPS were showcased at the track-side exhibition stand, where visitors were also able to take a ride in one of the IAAPS low emission test vehicle – the BMW i8. Professors Chris Brace and Sam Akehurst further contributed by giving talks and taking part in panel debates about future technological developments in automotive engineering.
With over 4,300 attendees, 250 exhibitors and 1,800 organisations represented, Cenex-LCV is the UK's premier low carbon vehicle event incorporating four key features:
Extensive seminar programme
Facilitated networking with the low carbon community
Ride & drive of the latest research & development and commercially available vehicles
Joined on the IAAPS exhibition stand were the University of Bath’s Team Bath Racing (TBR) and Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) who networked with corporate partners and sponsors whilst also showcasing their 2019 race cars. To further highlight the important role our students will play in the move to low carbon vehicle development, members of the CDT-AAPS team also attended to raise awareness of the newly launched Centre for Doctoral Training.
From AVL to APC, the IAAPS team were joined by industry, researchers and media in an event full of key automotive stakeholders. Professor Chris Brace gave a compelling talk on future digital product development and the changing role of experimentation and predictability, demonstrating the expertise that IAAPS has to offer.
“The Automotive landscape has changed beyond recognition and the car of the future is not just going to require engineers from a one specific area. Having collaborated with industry for the past 40 years on propulsion systems research, The University of Bath and IAAPS’ collaborative hub is what’s needed by industry to solve the challenges of sustainable vehicles.” Professor Chris Brace, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Seminars held on mass adoption of electric vehicles, smart charging and self-driving vehicles are indicative of the pace of change within the automotive industry as the direction of travel shifts towards automation and mass low carbon vehicle development. With the 2050 zero emissions goal as a point of focus, it is a pivotal period for UK industry and researchers to come up with urgent solutions to these challenges. Events like LCV are therefore imperative in creating discussions that will lead to decisions, affecting not only the future of automotive engineering but also the wider debate about smart mobility within society.
‘IAAPS is growing fast as a frontrunner in supporting the automotive industries move to low carbon. LCV 2019 was a great success, with many exciting research opportunities discussed. The next year will be an exciting one as the IAAPS facility is delivered and gets ready to open in early 2021.’ Gavin Edwards, IAAPS Programme Director
IAAPS has been built on the premise of knowledge exchange and collaboration across global industry, academia, SMEs and innovators; ensuring a strong presence at high profile industry events such as LCV is a key part in further strengthening our existing partnerships and collaborative R&I opportunities. The focus therefore for the next 18 months will be to bring together our network of the most talented experts within IAAPS’ fully functional, state of the art testing facilities.