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In this blog series, we’ll unpack the latest smart mobility news in a little more detail. Each week we’ll focus on fresh topics, covering emerging stories and research that has caught our attention.
Connected cars and their data continue to play a key role in urban communities. Today, we’re exploring how to meet EV charging infrastructure needs, the potential for an improved connected car technology, and how Wejo’s smart mobility data paints a more detailed picture of cities and communities.
It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: Tesla has finally opened a portion of its Supercharger network to other EV brands. Lucky for us, one of YouTube’s biggest tech content creators, MKBHD, has shared his experience – showing that it works just as well for non-Tesla drivers. Within the app, drivers can select their chosen stall, then pay and monitor charging progress in a process almost identical to that of Tesla users. Though Superchargers aren’t necessarily the fastest, at 250kW, they still deliver plenty of power.
Wejo recognizes that EV charging infrastructure needs a major overhaul to enable mass electric vehicle rollout – but it won’t happen overnight. State and local governments must factor in grid demand, strategic placements, and future-proofing to their decision-making process. Fortunately, Wejo’s smart mobility tools can give decision makers access to a wealth of real-time and historical data, enabling them to see where EVs are going, how fast they’re traveling through communities, what their charging levels look like at different points of the day, and more.
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Volkswagen Group’s supervisory board met last week to discuss plans for two new factories in North America – one production plant and one battery cell factory. The board has also confirmed its Scout model will return in 2026 as the brand’s official EV off-road vehicle, where they aim to achieve 10% of the US market share. Of the battery cell site, a spokesperson for the automaker said, “We are still working hard to find a suitable location for our first gigafactory in North America and are in good, constructive talks”.
Connected car technology is continuing to disrupt the automotive industry. But what exactly is a connected vehicle? In simple terms, it’s a car that can communicate bi-directionally with other systems outside of the car. Connected vehicle data includes information such as vehicle location, speed, acceleration, fuel efficiency, engine performance, and other factors relating to its operation. This data can then be used to make better, more informed decisions regarding infrastructure and roadways. At Wejo, we work with 20 trillion data points, consolidating all of this information in one place – download our eBook to discover what this could mean for you.
Ford is set to become the first automaker to develop two separate battery chemistries for EVs at the same time. Currently, all Ford EVs are equipped with batteries using a nickel cobalt manganese chemistry. But this spring, the vehicle manufacturer will begin producing EV batteries with a lithium iron phosphate chemistry, which it states is faster, more durable and more affordable. The brand also announced a new $3.5 billion electric vehicle factory in its home state of Michigan, where it will make the new upgrades.
The connected car revolution is well underway, with Wejo research indicating that internal combustion engine and electric vehicle ownership will be almost equal within the next 18 months. Beyond Wejo, experts predict that in the future, non-connected cars will only exist at the budget end of the automotive market. But to pave the way for our connected future, smart infrastructure investments are needed, such as building out more accessible and reliable EV charging stations to eliminate range anxiety. For more on this, we’ve made our insights available free of charge so you can access them independently.
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The car subscription model is simple: for a monthly fee, subscribers can access all the benefits of having a vehicle, without any of the hassle associated with owning or leasing. Drivers can also switch between models more easily – and their car will be delivered straight to their door. What’s not to love? With more vehicle availability promising to reduce supply bottlenecks, plus greater flexibility for customers, the scheme certainly has potential. Porsche and Volvo have already rolled out subscription options, and rental startup Kyte recently partnered with Tesla to launch theirs. Autonomy, the largest electric car subscription service firm in the US, has announced it will expand its service to include more than 20,000 vehicles over the next 12 to 18 months.
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