Invited Research Lecture on Vehicle Options 2050 : Electric, Hybrid & Highly Downsized

Date: 12 Apr 2010 - 12 Apr 2010

Venue: SIMTech Tower Block, Level 3, Training Room 2, 71 Nanyang Drive


The objective of this lecture is to provide insights into the latest development in hybrid and electric vehicles by Dr Ricardo Martinez-Botas's research team from Imperial College London, UK.
Global warming has increased the average global temperature, causing the polar regions to melt. This environmental issue and the volatility of oil and gas prices results in worldwide need to reduce the dependency on oil. To protect the environment from harmful greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, the shift toward environmentally-friendly cars such as hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles are promoted in many developed countries.
Researchers and engineers will learn the latest trends in engine technology of hybrid vehicles.


The lecture reviews current challenges facing road transportation in the light of stringent emission standards and CO2 targets set by governments as we move towards 2050. Solutions based on current platforms are particularly centered in the highly downsized internal combustion engines, which presents significant challenges to the boosting technologies. The current aim is to reduce fuel consumption by up to 35%.
Hybrid and electric vehicles are seen as medium and long term solutions. These depend heavily on de-carbonisation of the electrical infrastructure. Component development and affordability represent significant challenges for the future.


About the Presenter
Dr Ricardo F Martinez-Botas is Reader in Turbomachinery, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London. He received his MEng from Imperial College, 1989 and DPhil from Oxford University, 1993.  He is also head of the sustainable energy research group in the department of mechanical engineering, thermofluids teaching subject group leader and theme leader of electric, and hybrid vehicles.

His main area of research is in aerodynamics and heat transfer of turbomachines. The applications relate to aircraft engines, power generation gas turbines, turbochargers and hybrid vehicles. In heat transfer engineering, a significant contribution has been made to the understanding of cooling components, primarily by means of experimental novel measuring techniques. In turbocharger aerodynamics, an understanding of the unsteady effects in turbines under realistic engine conditions has been reported. Dr Martinez-Botas' other research areas include experimental fluid mechanics, fuel cell fluid dynamic modelling and performance assessment.

2.00pm: Registration
2.15pm: Presentation by Dr Ricardo Martinez-Botas
3.15pm: Refreshment and Networking
3.45pm: End


Who Should Attend
Senior management staff, R&D personnel and engineers from aerospace, marine and offshore, electronics and precision engineering industry; academic staff and graduate students.

This is a non-chargeable. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a place, please register online.

Closing date: 12 April 2010


For technical enquiries, please contact Dr Lin Wen-Jong at  
For general enquiries, please contact Ms Samantha Sukiyama Chan at