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In this blog series, we’ll unpack the latest smart mobility news. Each week we’ll focus on fresh topics, covering emerging stories and research that has caught our attention.
Once again, we’re discussing the growing need for a national EV charging infrastructure, and the prospect of bidding farewell to the hybrid model within the next 10 years. We’ll also explore how connected vehicle data can help us work towards building healthier and safer cities. Let’s get stuck in.
Standard “self-charging” hybrids are more popular than ever – with US sales at a record high. But the success of the petrol-electric cross already appears to be short-lived, with several states committing to selling only new plug-in vehicles by 2035. Beyond the US, countries in Europe are also planning to ban hybrid models, meaning OEMs will struggle to keep or attain economies of the scale required to produce enough hybrids for smaller markets. Eventually, hybrid vehicles will disappear from production lines altogether.
As EVs continue to grow in popularity, the air of possibility surrounding them intensifies – particularly within the fleet market. Fleet managers are excited by the prospect of an electric fleet and its potential for lowering emissions, boosting efficiency, and reducing operating costs. But they’ve yet to come across a solution that balances charging availability, convenience, and cost. To combat this, David Hytch of PlusCharge recommends fleet owners invest in their own on-site charging infrastructure.
How to implement data-driven EV charging strategies
While hybrid vehicles have certainly helped us make significant progress on the journey to net-zero emissions, making the transition to all-electric vehicles is the ultimate goal. At present, there are too few charging stations available to facilitate mass EV uptake. But with $7.5 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law dedicated to creating a widespread and dependable charging network, effective change is finally on the horizon. Wejo’s connected vehicle data provides planning teams with direct insights into how EVs move through our communities, indicating the best placement of EV charging points.
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has announced the launch of 7Charge: a new EV fast-charging network that aims to deliver a convenient, reliable and fast charging experience for electric vehicle owners. Supported by an app, the charging service will be rolled out through Canada and North America, and is part of 7-Eleven’s wider plan to build one of the largest fast-charging networks of any retailer in North America.
A deep dive into Wejo EV intelligence
Like we mentioned above, to meet EV targets, the public sector must accelerate EV charging infrastructure. Equally, private sector businesses such as retailers, must make a case for rolling out EV charging points on premises. Wejo can equip teams with the tools to make informed decisions on optimal EV charging placement. In the first episode of our new Development Diary series, our experts go into detail on how electric vehicles operate, and how we can use this knowledge to build a charging infrastructure that works for everyone.
Smog is proven to have a detrimental effect on our health – irritating our airways and putting us at greater risk of heart and lung diseases. As the climate change problem grows, so do these risks, with rising carbon dioxide levels exposing millions of Americans to harmful pollutants. This leads to more school and work absences, more visits to the doctor’s office, higher medical costs, and a growing number of premature deaths each year. Ultimately, we need decision makers to implement meaningful changes – fast.
The Infrastructure Bill: Resource Hub
Introduced in November 2021, The Biden-Harris administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) includes $50 billion for building climate resilience. But that’s not the only funding available. Within the BIL are a range of competitive grants that will enable us to improve transport systems and fundamentally make our cities safer and more liveable communities. To keep you up to speed with what’s available and when, and how you can use our mobility data to leverage funding, we’ve created a dedicated Infrastructure Bill hub.
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