Car Futures Wales



On the 15th February 2018 we held an event focused on the future of personal mobility in Wales. The technology that drives cars is changing, the role that cars play is changing, the way we use cars is changing – will we all need to own a car in a sustainable future?

This was an open, informal seminar and networking event, sponsored by Drive Electric, Arup, SP Energy Networks and Sustrans which will feature BBC broadcaster and future vehicle enthusiast Mark Goodier in conversation with Tim Armitage, Arup’s project director of Autodrive, the UK’s first on-road trial of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Mark Goodier is one of the UK’s best-known and most respected broadcasters and presenters. He has presented on national radio for the BBC – Radio 1, Radio 2 and the World Service, and for UK commercial networks including Classic FM, Bauer Media and Smooth Radio. Mark has been a proponent of electric vehicles and renewable energy since 2002. He was the first person in the UK to drive the Nissan Leaf in 2011 and has since then been able to drive EVs powered by sunshine thanks to the solar array on the roof of his home.

There was also a discussion panel featuring Dr. Liana Cipcigan, Co-Director Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University, Steve Brooks, Director of Sustrans, Rachel Shorney Stakeholder & Community Engagement Manager for SP Energy Networks, Mike Potter, CEO of Drive Electric, and Scott McClurg, Head of Energy and Sustainability for HSBC UK, Corporate Banking. The panel will address the changes happening in personal mobility including; active travel, shared services, alternative fuels, autonomous vehicles and the role cars play in the economy.