According to new research from Nature Energy, not everybody who takes the leap and buys an electric car sticks with the decision. In fact, around one in five people—or 20 percent—switch back to gasoline-powered cars. Why? Well, it's for a variety of reasons, as it turns out.
Those who were least likely to stick with electric vehicles were the ones who depended on them for their only means of transportation. Women also switched back to gas-powered vehicles at higher rates than men.
Adopters who were most likely to ditch EVs were generally younger and were less likely to live in a standalone house, making home charging an issue. This makes it very difficult to secure 240v fast charging where these people live, so they're completely dependent on public charging stations.
Read the article at The Drive.
UK-based EV startup Arrival is working with Uber to develop an electric car that will be “purpose-built” for ride-hailing. Arrival plans to put the car into production in late 2023 and says it will not be exclusive to Uber.
The goal is to create an affordable vehicle that would appeal to the millions of ride-hailing drivers around the world. There may be “hundreds of small improvements, changes, and tweaks to the design that perhaps haven’t been applied before,” according to Tom Elvidge, Arrival’s senior vice president of mobility.
There are a few subtle differences that could enhance the ride-hailing experience for both drivers and passengers such as, an ergonomically designed seat for the driver to ease the physical strain of sitting in a car for hours on end, and a folding front passenger seat to create more leg room.
Read the article at The Verge.
Wheels Inc.and Qmerit, a leader in green energy transformation, have partnered to deliver electrification technology that enables companies to fulfill their employee’s residential electric vehicle (EV) charging needs.
“In many ways, the future of EVs is dependent on at-home charging technology. According to a McKinsey report, EV owners who have access to home charging will have 75% of their EV energy needs fulfilled,” said Laura Jozwiak, senior vice president of sales and client relations and executive chair of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program at Wheels. “Through this partnership, we can help bring relief to a portion of the range anxiety that restricts some organizations from realizing their EV program goals.”
Ford announced an additional equity investment in Solid Power for further development of solid-state vehicle battery technology, aiming to deliver longer range, lower cost and safer electric vehicles for customers.
“Solid-state battery technology is important to the future of electric vehicles, and that’s why we’re investing in it directly as well as accelerating Ford’s in-house R&D on next-generation battery technology,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's chief product platform and operations officer. “Leveraging the speed of a startup and the expertise of some of the most seasoned battery experts in the world at Ford, we’re exploring different ways to power tomorrow’s fun-to-drive all-electric vehicles, using proven development and manufacturing processes.”
Solid Power, which uses sulfide-based solid-state battery cells, has demonstrated its ability to produce and scale next-generation all solid-state batteries that are designed to power longer range, lower cost and safer electric vehicles using existing lithium-ion battery manufacturing infrastructure.
Read the article at Ford.
The new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, a small SUV, earns a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with stellar performance in crashworthiness and crash avoidance evaluations.
To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, the higher of the Institute’s two awards, vehicles must earn good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
The Bronco Sport, which was introduced in 2021, hits all those marks. Both the standard and optional front crash prevention systems earn superior ratings in the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. And the headlight system offered on all trims earns a good rating.
Read the article at IIHS.