EVs (electric vehicles) are becoming a more appealing low-carbon transportation choice, given their environmental advantages, lower operating costs, and expanding model range. At the close of last year, about 10 million electric vehicles were on the road around the world, with that number expected to rise to 145 million by 2030. A complete conversion to electric vehicles, on the other hand, will necessitate major development of EV charging framework as well as technological advancements. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 electric vehicle advancements to watch in the coming years.
Vehicle to grid
The smart charging solutions for electric cars are becoming more popular, enabling drivers to adjust the timing and charge rate in relation to energy demand, thereby assisting in grid balancing. Vehicle to grid (V2G) charging, on the other hand, allows energy stored in a vehicle’s battery to be remitted to the grid during peak times. EV drivers are reclassified as ‘prosumers,’ meaning they are both users and generators of power, and they are compensated for their flexibility, that benefits the grid.
Using inductive charging technology, wireless charging for cars works similarly to wireless phone chargers. Electricity is delivered from a buried underneath the road surface magnetic coil inside the charger to the second magnetic coil or even pad installed underneath the vehicle. Charging electric taxis, cars, and buses wirelessly have lately gone another step closer to the reality, with the announcement of an experiment of wireless charging technologies for taxis in Nottingham, United Kingdom. During the six-month trial, taxi ranks and ten electric cars will be outfitted with wireless charging mats.
While filling up a gasoline or diesel automobile takes only a few minutes, EV drivers must normally wait longer to be able to recharge the batteries to full capacity. However, ultra-fast charging alternatives are beginning to arrive, which are proving to be a major benefit for longer travels because they cut charging times to the length of a standard driving stop.
Pop-up as well as lamp post chargers
One disadvantage of increasing electric car charging infrastructure would be that the chargers might clog up streets and sidewalks. However, Pop-up pavement chargers and the lamp post chargers are two similar technologies that could help to lessen the congestion. Urban Electric Networks, a London-based EV charging startup, has invented the UEone, an on-street charging device that retracts into ground when not in use. A smartphone app can be used to turn it on remotely. In 2019-20, the company tested 6 pop-up fast chargers in Oxford, which were a huge success.
Overhead power cables are used to power bigger electric vehicles such as lorries on electrified roadways. However, they are not ideal for passenger cars. In July, the Department of Transport gave funds to a Costain-led study to investigate how long-range vehicles can be powered using overhead power wires on UK highways.