EV Trends and Sustainability

Will 2020 be remembered as the year when electric vehicles (EVs) made A move to become mass producible? A thought-provoking question for the industry, and reason for ampcontrol, to help to answer this question with yes. This year, roughly 1.7 million EVs were sold globally. IEA states, "In 2018, the global electric car fleet exceeded 5.1 million, up 2 million from the previous year and almost doubling the number of new electric car sales."

 

While this makes up only about 1-2 percent of total passenger-vehicle sales, it is more than 50 percent over 2018 sales, and there is little reason to believe this trend will slow down. Established OEMs (VW, Daimler, BMW, Toyota, and more) have announced launches of more than 100 new battery electric vehicle (BEV) models by 2024, further accelerating automotive and mobility trends, potentially growing EVs’ share of total passenger-vehicle sales to 30 to 35 percent in major markets like China, Europe, and the U.S. (20 to 25 percent globally)by 2030.

 

Moving away from previous “niche roles” such as high-performance sports or midrange city cars, there will also be a sizable share of midsize and volume-segment vehicles among the many new BEV models.

How electric vehicles help to reach your climate goals

Climate change is an existential threat to cities, countries, and our planet. With the signing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, 195 nations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, agreed to limit the global temperature increase to no more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The Agreement also recognizes the need to curb warming even further and urges nations to increase efforts to limit the global temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. To reach these ambitious but necessary targets, developed countries will have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the harmful gases that are the cause of global climate change, by at least 80 percent by 2050.

Plug-in electric vehicles (also known as electric cars or EVs) are connected, fun, and practical.  They can reduce emissions and even save you money.

Fueling with electricity offers some advantages not available in traditional internal combustion engine cars. Because electric motors react quickly, EVs are very responsive and have excellent torque.  EVs are often more digitally connected than conventional cars, with many EV charging stations providing the option to control charging from a smartphone app.

Just like a smartphone, you can plug in your EV when you get home and have it ready for you to use the next morning.  Since the electric grid is available almost anywhere, there are a variety of options for charging: at home, at work, or on the road. By charging often, you may never need to go to a gas station again.

For most cities still, over 70 percent of transportation-related GHG emissions come from on-road cars. It's essential that companies and cities are helping to spur the market for electric vehicles and the use of renewable fuels for those trips that require vehicles. A shift to electric cars and renewable fuels for remaining automobiles and help to achieve Zero Waste on the planet.

Emerging industry standards for electric vehicle charging help

The automotive OEMs and the energy supply industry – two previously independent sectors – are now connected by the electric vehicle and its charging needs. The synergy potential of this cooperation depends on standardized interfaces between electric cars and the electricity grid, as interoperability between charging infrastructure and various kinds of electric vehicles is crucial. On the automotive side, profound cross-industry knowledge is needed to implement these standards into successful and customer-friendly charging products.

Standards like ISO 15118, an international standard, offer a first official description of the communication between charging stations and electric vehicles. These standards contain conceptual models that characterize and standardizes communication between charging stations and electric cars. 

Because of this, managing access, electric loads, and responsibility is becoming more comfortable and more reliable. The risk of integrating a solution is now lower than five years ago.

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