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Fuelling the Future: Shell Downstream Director John Abbott

Shell Downstream Director John Abbott in an event hosted by UCL Mechanical Engineering

Shell’s Downstream Director John Abbott visited UCL in an event hosted by UCL Mechanical Engineering. Welcomed by UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur, Mr Abbott addressed a packed Chancellors Hall at Senate House with an address outlining Shell’s approach to the future of transport.

In a wide ranging speech covering consumer choices driving change, the regulatory environment around transport and the development of future fuels, Mr Abbott asked;

“What form of transport will people choose in the future? How will they power it? Where will they go to find their fuel of choice? Will they own cars? Or will car-sharing be the norm? Will they even drive? Or will they prefer to use self-driving vehicles? How many wheels will it have?

Will it even have wheels? What about cost? Will consumers in the near-term be prepared to pay a premium price for efficient, clean cars?”

To hear Abbott’s thoughts on these questions, read the full transcript.

UCL students and staff posed questions to the Shell director

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