The Future of E-Mobility and Commercial Electrification

10 Jun 2011 • by Natalie Aster

With the impetus behind the e-mobility sector growing, the focus is increasingly turning towards the infrastructure requirements needed to make the sector a success. The report “The Future of E-Mobility and Commercial Electrification” by Business Insights looks at the growth of this sector and how this will impact the infrastructure landscape for major stake-holders such as government, public bodies and utilities.

Report Details:

The Future of E-Mobility and Commercial Electrification

Published: April 2011

Pages: 142

Price: US$ 2,875

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Transport dominates emissions

The transport and industrial mobility sector currently accounts for about one-third of GHG emissions in the US and Western Europe, and smaller but rising shares of such emissions in China, India and other emerging economies.

Efforts to encourage increasing shares of first-time car buyers in developing nations to choose EVs rather than vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel fuel could mitigate the potentially disastrous environmental impact of widespread vehicle use. In addition to planning reductions in GHG emissions, developed and developing nations alike are working to reduce their emissions of other, more “traditional” air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and small particulates. This is a particularly significant issue in urbanized areas, especially fast-growing mega-cities in Asia where individual transport - mostly in the form of small cars - is quickly gaining popularity.

Price and efficiency of EVs

Electric vehicles offer significant opportunities for reduction in energy usage. As shown in Table 7 by 2035, it is forecast by the Laboratory for Energy & Environment that a typical BEV will consume just 30% of the energy of a gasoline-powered vehicle. In the US, transportation accounts for 2/3rds of petroleum consumption and therefore switching to EVs will help to significantly reduce petroleum consumption. As a result the US Federal government has been a major purchaser of hybrid-fleet vehicles in recent years. The US government has purchased 64% of all GN Chevy Malibu hybrids, as well as 14% of all Ford Escape hybrids. Meanwhile, in the private sphere General Electric announced in November 2010 that it will purchase 25,000 electric vehicles to be used as part of its fleet. One of the attractions of using EVs for vehicle fleets is that they have lower maintenance costs than traditional gasoline-vehicles, while EVs generally have lower fuelling costs, important for company fleets which often have high utilization rates. Also, large corporate and government buyers can use their size to negotiate significant discounts, not available to consumers.

General Electric, Siemens and other international electrical equipment giants have been among the most aggressive in developing charging equipment and, with their histories of manufacturing efficiency, marketing success and geographic reach are likely to dominate the charger market.

GE’s WattStation chargers, for example, come in both commercial-vendor and residential versions. Each feature crisp, modern designs, and emphasize both ease-of-use and the ability to be upgraded as new technologies emerge. GE Capital offers financing options that enable customers to pay for the chargers over time.

More information can be found in the report “The Future of E-Mobility and Commercial Electrification” by Business Insights.

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