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Electric Vehicles: Grid Melter or Grid Helper? Christmas Family Lecture

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07 December 2021 18:30 - 20:00
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Annual family friendly Christmas themed lecture from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and The University of Exeter

About this event

Electric Vehicles: Grid Melter or Grid Helper?

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021

Time: In person event: 18:30 - 20:00, Live stream 19:00 - 20:00

Venue: Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4SZ

The event will also be streamed online.

Social media: Please use #IMechEChristmas when discussing this event on social media

Join us as we talk about one of the hottest topics on earth, how we move from carbon emitting combustion engine cars to electric vehicles.


What will it mean for the UK's energy system, could it create issues, or could it be of benefit? Our experts tackle that and other electric car-related concerns.

Guest Speakers

Robert Llewellyn

Robert is a British actor, presenter and writer, famous for his thirty-year stretch as the rubber-masked mechanoid Kryten in the much-loved science fiction comedy, ‘Red Dwarf’. With his interest in engineering, Robert then turned his hand to presenting the long-running TV gameshow, ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ and also ‘How Do They Do It?’ and ‘Carpool’.

In 2010, after being blown away by early Electric Cars, Robert launched Fully Charged, a YouTube channel focussing on the future of electric vehicles, of all shapes and sizes, and clean energy. Fully Charged has exceeded 55 million views around the world and Robert was recently acknowledged as ‘Tech Legend’ at the T3 Awards.

Graeme Cooper, National Grid, Head of Future Networks

Project Director – Transport Decarbonisation, Project Director – East Coast 2030

Graeme leads National Grid’s work on transport decarbonisation enabling the journey to Net-Zero transport (Road, Rail, Aviation & Maritime).

Graeme also leads the drive towards the Net-Zero 2050 target, by delivering a pathway for critical connections in the East of England by 2030 to enable delivery of the target of 40GW of Offshore wind.

With over a decade in communications infrastructure and over a decade in low/zero carbon electricity, Graeme is a well-known and highly respected energy industry expert.

Graeme is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BSc 1997) and Bi Norwegian Business School (MBA Energy 2016).


18:30 - Arrival

18:50 - Forum doors open and guests take their seats

19:00 - Talk starts and live stream starts

19.45 - Question and answer session

20.00 - End of event

This event is hosted by the University of Exeter's College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


This event is suitable for audience members aged 8+.


This event will take place in the Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, Streatham Campus, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4SZ. Building number 3 on the Streatham Campus map. 

For maps and directions, please visit this page.

The event will also be live streamed online - please select the appropriate ticket type when registering.


To register for the event please 'click the link here'


Robert Llewellyn - British actor, presenter, and writer, famous for his 30 years stretch in Red Dwarf. Creator of the YouTube channel 'Fully Charged'. Graeme Cooper, National Grid, Head of Future Networks & Project Director - Transport Decarbonisation.


Alumni Auditorium
The Forum, Streatham Campus
University of Exeter
Stocker Road
United Kingdom

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