Innovations Reshaping the Future of Electric Vehicles
This blog will see the technologies that will shape the future of electric vehicles (EV) over the coming years. Despite the pandemic, EV adoption has been accelerated thanks to the swift innovation - connected cars, smart and fast charging. 9 leading EV experts and influencers discuss the technologies that will significantly impact the EV market.
What is bi-directional charging? Like the name, it's a 2-way charging of energy - vehicle to the grid (V2G) or home (V2H), and grid to the car. Long-time back, this mode of charging has been practiced in specific pilot projects due to its expense and size.
Due to innovation and significant improvements, things have changed a lot of innovation and substantial progress; this sort of charger has become budget-oriented, efficient, and compact. The 1st firm that launched the bi-directional charger for homes is Wallbox and is quickly talking about this legendary innovation.
What Makes Bi-directional Charging Effective?
Clean energy and transition to more EVs
What makes the 2-way charger effective is its ability to facilitate the transition to a sustainable future with more EVs and renewable energy. More vehicles underline the greater consumption of power and the pressure rise on the grids. This innovative charger helps turn the vehicle batteries to an energy-storing point - balance and settle energy requirements. Thus, it can obtain and store the energy generated and provide support to the grids during peak and low supply energy demand.
EV: A more than just drive tech thing
Chargers have become a tool of empowering vehicles to do much more than just drive. People leverage EVs to become energy self-sufficient, creating emergency energy supply and saving or making money by selling excess power to the grid. A YouTuber - EV James and Kate said, "[A two-way charger] gives versatility, financial control, and grid balance capability."
Enhanced Battery Tech
Significant improvement has been noted in the battery tech, as the price of lithium-ion battery reduced by 85% that accelerated the EV range by around 17%. However, this tech should continue to handle more budget-oriented EV series with a top-notch range, making EVs more attractive and accessible.
General Motors (GM) and Tesla had publicized the lithium-ion battery development based on short-term policies, leading to the vehicles reaching cost parity with fuel vehicles. However, in the long term, various techs promise to offer more enhancements. According to the co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, John Goodenough, the solid-state battery will be the next new buzzword.
The German automotive brand - Mercedes-Benz is developing an organic battery using an electrolyte, graphene, and organic cell chemistry, though it's not soon launched.
The invention isn't the actual issue, but the key to the market and car developing giants is the enhancements of receiving the car from a concept to volume production at a swifter pace. Such an issue was faced by Tesla - 2017 Semi-trucks were to deliver by 2019 but delayed the delivery by this year.
A more comprehensive range of EVs must be made available to attract a larger audience. Tesla has been using this method to meet the specific needs of people, and last November, its Cybertruck already had a reservation of 650K. To meet the increasing demands for EVs, the car industry must keep up with its economic scale, increased enhancements, and drastic innovations in product technologies.
Like petrol/diesel infrastructure, extensive battery infrastructures are needed for more EVs to hit the road. According to a report, the number of public charging stations in Europe has grown from 2.397 in 2011 to 190.000 last year. Another data showed less than 1% of 320Mn driver cars in the electric country, and if the number rises to 50%, then 150Mn extra EVs are adopted.
Most EV owners prefer charging their car at home, but this might not be suitable for everyone. Fast and ultra-fast chargers are now available and once they are massively adopted, charging on the road might become easy as at home.
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