A new perspective on mobility
So what is this argument about? Is it much ado about nothing? Well, the entire point of this post is that we, as a society and the industry, are facing an enormous opportunity. The EV revolution is the biggest change since the invention of the internal combustion engine. It changes our perception of mobility, it impacts our way of life. Like every change, it brings some uncertainties, possibly fears. At GreenFlux, we (and I personally) prefer to see this change as an ocean of opportunities. And we also argue, everyone, though wary of issues and obstacles, should have at least a little rosy picture of what is coming.
Sheer numbers of required mobility products and required infrastructure are astonishing. Automotive OEMs need to ramp up their development and production of EVs 12 times by 2030 (globally).
GreenFlux is obviously interested in the needs and opportunities of the developing charging infrastructure. In the Netherlands, the numbers are even more jaw dropping. Analyzing the requirements of the Dutch infrastructure, we expect 3 million EVs on Dutch roads in 2030. Assuming the necessity of 1:1 public charge point availability (required to provide a decent, smooth and seamless charging experience), the number of required public charge points is 3.3M! This is 91 times more than the current number. To achieve these ambitions, much needs to be done and implemented. Hence, undeniably, huge number of opportunities arise.
Key to success
Honestly though, just numbers do not make it all happen. Significant innovation efforts are required to avoid the “wishful thinking” trap. Several key issues need to be addressed:
- Overall EV driver experience – a little different than traditional cars
- Interoperability of charging infrastructure – charging anytime, anywhere
- Range fear
- Availability and choice of EV models (depth of product lines)
- Availability and suitability of grid infrastructure (for EV charging)
… and many others
At GreenFlux, we focus on the charging infrastructure elements like availability and efficiency of the charging infra. We are working very hard to turn the EV charging infrastructure in a leading rather than a lagging factor. Also, we actively address grid-related issues with our smart charging solutions. And we closely work with the entire ecosystem (e.g. automotive OEM’s, utilities, grid operators etc.) to address as many other issues as possible. We see the future is bright. Yet we are fully aware that a collective effort of the entire ecosystem; established companies as well as startups, consortia and partnerships, is needed to help the EV world thrive. At GreenFlux, we truly believe in the power if Internet-of-Energy. With this post, we hope to have highlighted the opportunities and encourage everyone to look very positively at the upcoming change as a common good.
Article by: Piotr Chmielewski