The Advantages and Benefits of e-mobility

Ask anybody the question: “What are the benefits of e-mobility?” and it’s likely that the majority of people would mention environmental benefits and it’s happening for green-friendly reasons. Whilst, this is certainly true, there are many other advantages and benefits of e-mobility, which need to be understood too. We have investigated these, so read on to learn about the advantages and benefits of e-mobility.

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There are many advantages and benefits of e-mobility

Economic benefits

There are numerous economic benefits, these are summarised below:

  • Contribution to economic growth – the US, EU and other world governments have all issued statements reflecting that they believe e-mobility will greatly contribute to economic growth
  • Employment opportunities – although fossil fuel employers will lose jobs it is forecast that overall, the e-mobility sector will generate even more employment around the world
  • Lower consumer cost – the overall cost to the consumer (vehicle purchase, charging infrastructure and cost of charging) of e-vehicles is much lower than the current costs of ICE vehicles. This is especially the case where full electric vehicles are used rather than HEV and PHEV hybrid models. Add to this extra grants and incentives, such as government subsidies, lower road tax, discounts on congestion charges (in some cases), free e-vehicle parking (in some locations)
  • Reduced e-vehicle maintenance costs – ICE engines are complex, with many moving parts and also require more oils and lubricants. They require regular maintenance and servicing. Electric cars, by contrast, are very simple in design with only a few moving components. This means there is much less which can go wrong, and servicing and maintenance costs will be much lower. According to a recent HPI survey, electric vehicles cost 23% less per year to maintain than their ICE equivalents

Environmental benefits

There are many environmental and green-friendly benefits, which we summarise below:

  • Environmentally friendly – there are many ways in which e-mobility is green/environmentally friendly, these include:
    • A move to e-mobility will help governments comply with global emissions targets (e.g. the Paris Climate Agreement)
    • Electricity is one of the cleaner energy sources to use
    • Improved air quality through a reduction of hydrocarbons through e-mobility a carbonless alternative
    • Less reliance on fossil fuels, although in hybrid models these are still used, it is still to a lower extent
    • Less traffic film, which as we have previously written about, is expensive to clean and is unsightly. In major cities, potentially millions of fume-laden exhaust pipes can be replaced with millions of emission-free e-vehicles
  • Reduced energy usage – e-mobility will reduce the overall energy required by electric vehicles and within the transportation sector in general
  • Reduced noise pollution – e-vehicles dramatically reduce air noise pollution. This is in areas such as engine, tyres and wind passage noise. Infact, the noise reduction is so dramatic that manufacturers are looking for ways to increase air noise to reduce the risk to pedestrians of not hearing the impending arrival of an e-vehicle

Technology benefits

The advent of e-mobility demands innovation, technology benefits include:

  • Encourages manufacturer innovation – electric vehicle manufacturers (particularly in automotive) are vying to stay one step ahead of each other. This is particularly leading to vast numbers of new innovations such as improved energy efficiency, higher performance levels and lighter vehicles, etc.
  • Smart power grids – as a part of e-mobility, power grids around the world are being modernized to “smart power grids”. These new power grids will deliver improved efficiency of electricity delivery “in general” and not just for e-mobility
Electric car parking spots will become increasingly recognised in the future

Electric car parking spots will become increasingly recognised in the future

 

 

Safety benefits

In general, electric vehicles are safer than their ICE equivalent, examples of safety benefits include:

  • Lower centre of gravity – this makes the vehicle more stable on the road, this is particularly important after a collision. This also rigidifies the frame and adds to the structural integrity of the vehicle
  • No fuel on board – there is no combustible fuel (diesel/petrol, etc.) onboard. This reduces the risk of explosion, particularly after an accident. N.B. After an accident the electricity supply from the battery will be cut-off
  • Space converted to safety – as electric vehicles have more available space (e.g. no engine, fuel tank, etc.) there is more space available. This varies from one manufacturer to another, but with many manufacturers extra space has been converted into additional safety features (e.g. additional buffering and larger crumple zones)

Quality and standards

With e-mobility a range of emerging standards and approach to quality are being introduced, which are:

  • Globalized standards – as most nations, manufacturers and other interested parties are all starting with e-mobility around the same time this is leading to globalized standards. This has been something which has been more difficult to introduce in the Petro-chemical industry, which evolved before modern technologies existed
  • Increased partnerships and collaboration – the investment/infrastructure costs of e-mobility are huge, this has led to many partnerships and collaborations:
    • Businesses – although in competition, businesses in the same sector are partnering to share costs and innovations
    • Technology providers – similarly, technology providers are collaborating and sharing innovations to reduce costs and provide an improved customer service
  • E-vehicle interiors – ICE engines take up far more room than electric ones, this allows manufacturers flexibility with design, which can be converted into smaller cars and/or cars with more spacious interiors (as Skoda reports)

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