Electric vehicles (EVs) have got the world’s attention. From Prince Charles implementing them into the royal fleet, to the UK and France proposing a ban on sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, EVs are hard to ignore. This shift has made industry and business more conscious about vehicle emissions, particularly in light of ongoing revelations of car-makers fitting illegal devices and increased London emission charges due to take effect next year.
This has in large part been driven by phased and binding EU emissions targets for new vehicles. Targets for 2015 (for cars) and 2017 (for vans) were exceeded. In November 2017 the next set of targets for the period after 2020 were set (95g CO2 per km for cars, 147g for vans). However, the most feasible way manufacturers are going to achieve these more challenging targets is through electrification as emission levels are no longer reducing at a progressive enough rate with fuel efficiency improvements.
This begs the questions: Are we about to enter the “Volt-Age”? Should we all be moving to electric? There are challenges for EVs but also valid reasons to plug in to the electric vehicle revolution.
EVs may be on the verge of an industrial revolution but there are challenges looming:
The good news is that the challenges are being tackled and whilst EV technology continues to improve more opportunities are emerging.
Despite the challenges to date, plugging in to the EV revolution is becoming an increasingly attractive choice and legislative measures alongside more incentives mean we are on the cusp of the “Volt Age”.
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