E-mobility in the Automotive Industry
From many perspectives, e-mobility is an excellent initiative for the automotive industry, but none perhaps more so than for environmental reasons. The industry has long been unpopular with the general public for its fossil fuel usage and there has been a clamour globally for the introduction of greener, more environmentally friendly energy sources. The automotive industry is responding though and here we explore e-mobility in the automotive industry.
Electric vehicles are not new
Historically electric cars were produced prior to internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. Mass production by Ford Motor Company and other manufacturers led to ICE becoming the “norm”, but electric car technology has existed for 150+ years.
Forever it seems that electric vehicles were classed as “the vehicle of the future”, but the time for large-scale usage is now. Factors such as the threat of dwindling fossil fuel supplies and environmental concerns have led to governments and international organisations mandating the escalation of electric vehicle infrastructure worldwide.
Forecast growth of electric vehicles
According to a survey commissioned by the International Copper Association and published by Reuters:
- Electric vehicles (all electric cars, hybrid cars and buses) worldwide are expected to grow from 3 million in 2017 to 27 million by 2027
- Analysts are predicting that by 2040 more electric cars will be produced worldwide than there will be petrol or diesel
Encouraging participation in electric vehicle adoption
Various partners are encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles, some specific examples include:
- Electric vehicle manufacturers:
- Back in 2016, Nissan offered a free homecharge unit for new Nissan Leaf buyers
- In July 2017, Volvo issued a Press Release announcing that by 2019 they would only sell car models which have an electric motor (fully electric, plug in hybrid and mild hybrid cars). Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive said
“People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”
- Anti-ICE – Many US states have introduced anti-ICE legislation (i.e. anti internal combustion engine) – this includes reserved spaces for electric vehicles and fines for ICE vehicles which use the spaces
- Grants – The UK Government operates the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme Grant
- Parking – In 2016 the city of Milton Keynes, UK introduced 15,000 free parking places for electric vehicles, these places included a charging point
- Electricity providers:
SPI Lasers – developing e-mobility solutions for the automotive industry
SPI Lasers have a growing footprint in the automotive industry, one that will continue to grow as we continuously innovate and keep pace with emerging e-mobility requirements. Our strategy is very much focused on delivering e-mobility solutions and we would love for you to contact us to discuss your requirements. Our fiber lasers have strong capabilities in areas such as welding, additive manufacturing and marking, which all have their place in e-mobility projects. Click here to subscribe to SPI regular updates.
Popular applications of fiber lasers in automotive e-mobility
There are many popular uses of fiber lasers for e-mobility in the automotive industry. We list some of the applications below, with a link to guides we have prepared separately.
- Differential gears – link to new article
- Dissimilar metal welding – click here
- Hairpin ablation in electric motors – click here
- Hairpin welding in electric motors – click here
- Lithium-ion batteries – including dissimilar metal welding for batteries and the remote cutting of battery foils and battery drilling
- Stator plates – link to new article
- Tab welding and bus bar welding – click here
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