The planet is warming, natural disasters are increasing in prevalence and destructive potential, and people around the world are starting to open their eyes to the importance of investing in an environment we are going to leave for our children, and their children’s children.
People are no longer okay with the wasteful mentality that riddled society for the last 100-years. What we do today matters for tomorrow, so intensely that automakers are planning for the inevitable wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles.
In the U.S., nearly 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and trucks, which means switching this segment over to electric power could completely change the trajectory of our history. Automakers understand this, which is why more car producers than ever before are planning the switch to electric vehicle production.
Carmakers around the world are making strides to release only all-electric cars or hybrid electric vehicles.
Leading the charge includes the Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt, and Nissan Leaf, which are now available. With their market success and appreciation by consumers, these car production facilities are lining up even more electric models that are due out in 2020 and beyond. The other players in the game include:
Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, stated they will invest $1 billion in an Alabama plant designed specifically to produce all-electric SUVs for building a battery facility. Mercedes-Benz’s first true electric vehicle will be an SUV called EQC coming early 2020.
Having recently created a specifically EV-dedicated “Team Edison” made to focus on the development of all-electric cars, Ford pledged to invest $4.5 billion over five-years on new all-electric and hybrid vehicles. They also stated they have 13 new models they plan to release by 2023. Ford also just revealed their Mustang-styled electric SUV called the Mach-E that will be available sometime in 2021.
Recently announced they plan to phase out gas-powered vehicles for an electric future. However, they did not give an exact timeline. But, they did say they plan for 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023.
Honda is hot on the Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) movement, working towards a zero-emission society in the future. From their EV and Fuel Cell models, to their Smart Hydrogen Station and Power Manager, Honda’s latest hybrid powertrain technology is labeled as the Sport Hybrid i-MMD (which will include intelligent Multi Mode Drive). The company recently revealed they are working on a dedicated electric vehicle platform that will be the basis or mid-size sedans to large SUVs.
Hyundai plans to develop a compact SUV on their new platform that was made just for electric vehicles. The company stated a prototype can be expected June 2020, with production slated to begin as early as 2021.
In 2018, Nissan sold 87,000 Nisan Leaf vehicles, ushering in a new age of electric car production. Early to the electric car movement (launching in 2009), the Nissan Leaf actually became the the first electric car to break 400,000 in sales. In addition to the success of the Leaf, the company plans to develop a broader portfolio by launching 12 electric vehicle models by 2022.
Toyota recently announced they’re partnering up with Senso, an auto-parts manufacturer, to create new EV technology for leveraging across different vehicle types and models. Following the success of the Toyota Prius line, Toyota and Mazda stated they pledge to build a $1.6 billion U.S.-based plant by 2021.
Volvo plans to rollout five all-electric models now through 2021. They have set a goal to sell one million electric and hybrid cars by 2025. Volvo’s all electric car Polestar 2 will start production in early 2020 as a competitor to the Tesla Model 3.
European VW Group will invest $84 billion in EV development, hoping to release electric and hybrid versions of 300 vehicles by 2030.
Although we’d like to think that all of these companies are making these pledges on their own, there is push from both the free market, as well as local and national governments. For example, Tesla now holds the title of the most valuable U.S. car manufacturer.
Highlighting that the public is ready to accept EVs at a greater rate than ever before, these other companies are noting the potential financial investment in jumping in on the electric movement.
Simultaneously, governments are hinting that they plan to outlaw internal combustion engines in the future as more EV technology is released. These efforts are designed to restrict the use of cars powered by gas and diesel alone.
Countries like China are working on an outright ban on gas-powered vehicles to both help with air pollution issues, as well as to solidify themselves as a leader in electric car production. China’s commitment to electric vehicles is most apparent in the recent construction of the Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai. The factory took 10 months to build from the groundbreaking ceremony to fully operational, which is a world record for a high-tech building of this magnitude.
This feat could have only been accomplished with the full support of the Chinese government to remove bureaucratic barriers that other carmakers face. In short: China knows electric cars are the future and they are using all their power to back the new age of mobility.
In order to make such a massive transportation shift, there will need to be infrastructure improvements and products that make charging more convenient for EV owners. As it stands right now, charging stations are not as readily available as they should be.
That’s where SparkCharge comes into the picture.
If we want the mass populace to be excited and receptive to electric driving, then we need to make EV charging much more accessible. At SparkCharge, we are partnering with service providers to create an infrastructure where an EV owner can receive range at the push of a button.
Our charging units include the following features:
Lightweight, effective, and modular, electric car owners will be able to charge on demand, effectively eliminating range anxiety once and for all. We believe portable EV charging is the solution to the infrastructure issue, and together with our partners, we look forward to supporting the ramp-up of this important development in transportation.