James Larminie (Oxford Brookes University) will discuss the recent huge progress in the development of electrically powered vehicles. Hybrid cars are becoming more widespread, but the progress with fully electric battery powered cars has also been very strong, with Nissan building a UK factory to produce electric cars and their batteries, and the manufacture of batches of electric BMW MINIs in Oxford. This talk will explain the relative merits of 100% electric, and series and parallel hybrid drive trains, and discuss two of the key enabling technologies - the new generation of lithium batteries, and recent developments in electric motor technology. Examples of the efficient and compact motors for electric vehicles being developed by our universities and new high tech spin-out companies will be shown. The roll out of 100% electric cars will be steady but slow, and the very real problems will also be discussed, together with the solutions being proposed. Attendance is free but please reserve tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.