The challenges facing sustainable mobility - Dr Antonia Terzi

One of the biggest social and environmental challenges of our time and the future is the mobility of people and goods. Transport is responsible for 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Society needs to find solutions for this if we want to meet the targets of the Paris Climate accord.

Sustainable mobility is the ability to meet the needs of society to move freely, gain access, communicate, trade and establish relationships without sacrificing essential human or ecological values today or in the future (World Business Council for Sustainable Development).

This seminar will cover the challenges related to sustainable mobility as well as present and future research on road vehicle designs. In addition, it will cover the impact on education and society.

In the design of road vehicles, one often starts with a number of mono-disciplines like vehicle aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics and the drive train design. Also, the energy carrier to be used is of prime importance in the design. Will battery powered cars be the future? Or might hydrogen offer more advantages? Or will we continue to use liquid fuels like (bio)fuels?

In the end, all disciplines have to come together in the best overall design. Thereby not only the vehicle is of importance but it has to be assessed at system level. For instance, the availability of the energy carrier (electricity, hydrogen, biofuel) might become a decisive factor. This is a decision-making process that often has an iterative nature. In the seminar the speaker will discuss a number of examples.



Dr Antonia Terzi holds a Master in Materials Engineering from Modena University in Italy and a PhD in Engineering, focused on aerodynamics, from Exeter University in the United Kingdom. She has a background in Formula 1. She has been working for Ferrari Formula 1 and has been the Chief Aerodynamicist of BMW-Williams Formula 1 team. Furthermore, she has been the Chief Vehicle Designer in the Superbus project of Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. Her last position was Functional Manager Aerodynamics at Bentley Motors in the United Kingdom.


Date & time

9.30–10.30am 25 Feb 2020


Room:Seminar Room 1.33

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