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Auto Tech Outlook | Monday, February 14, 2022
“EV and OEM manufacturers are overjoyed with the major influence on the EV ecosystem, as adoption of technology trends and advancements are prepared to accelerate will revolutionise the sector in the future.”
Fremont, CA: The COVID-19 pandemic shocked the automobile industry, as it does any other company or industry. Electric vehicles were rapidly gaining traction prior to the pandemic. Indeed, many industry observers feel that the UK has already passed the tipping point when the sales of electric vehicles quickly outnumber those of gasoline and diesel vehicles. This is particularly true for second-hand EVs, which outsold diesel automobiles for the first time ever in August 2021. In this regard, EV and OEM manufacturers are overjoyed with the major influence on the EV ecosystem, as adoption of technology trends and advancements are prepared to accelerate will revolutionise the sector in the future.
1. Smart charging
The concept of smart charging is straightforward; unlike conventional (or 'unintelligent') chargers, smart chargers can connect with one other, the consumer's car, and the grid to deliver better pricing and energy consumption. For example, by informing drivers when the energy demand around them is low and hence less expensive to charge, they can better manage their charges while spending less. Drivers can still plug in the car as soon as they reach home, but it won't start charging until the appropriate time arrives. Smart charging also encourages more efficient energy use. Electric vehicles are meant to be charged gradually and do not necessarily need to be charged promptly or quickly because drivers do not always require a fully charged battery. Depending on how much energy the vehicle requires, charges can be planned to go up to only 80 percent once a week, which helps to extend the battery's life.
2. Vehicle to grid (V2G) charging
Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging is another trend that is expected to benefit the EV market. With so much energy stored in EV batteries, V2G charging is a means to assist power back into the grid.
This would be extremely beneficial, given the demands of EV charging imposed on the national grid are a possibly looming catastrophe for the UK. Particularly given the current dependency on electricity and the consequent price rises as we move away from reliance on fossil fuels. This allows drivers to save and/or earn money, and also allow their EV batteries to store energy and discharge it back into their own homes or business buildings when it was most needed.