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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.
Stick with us to learn more about the stumbling blocks delaying mass electric vehicle (EV) adoption, the Biden-Harris administration’s new efforts to inspire EV ownership, and the award-winning electric vehicles of 2023. As always, we’ll shed light on Wejo’s smart mobility technology and all the ways it can benefit your next project.
Many Americans remain apprehensive about transitioning to EVs, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Results show that 4 in 10 US adults are less likely to make the switch – with the main issue being high prices, closely followed by too few charging points.
Harnessing smart mobility to hit EV charging targets
A lack of reliable EV charging infrastructure, and the ‘range anxiety’ this causes, has long been a source of hesitancy for motorists considering driving an electric vehicle. Fortunately, this is all set to change with Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which includes $7.5 billion in funding to develop a national EV charging network. Grants are competitive, but with Wejo’s connected vehicle data, you can pinpoint when and where EV drivers are traveling – demonstrating the need for your project and its potential results.
The Biden-Harris administration has proposed a new rule to strengthen regulation on vehicle emissions and incentivize US motorists to swap their internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles for an electric model. According to the New York Times, these standards are designed to ensure that EVs comprise as much as 67% of new car sales by 2032, which would exceed Biden’s goal for half of all new vehicle sales in the US to be electric by 2030.
Using connected vehicle data to leverage IIJA funding
Connected vehicle data could be the key to unlocking a wealth of funding opportunities for infrastructure improvements. As well highlighting strategic locations for EV charging points, Wejo’s data can be used to collect historic and real-time insights on the movement of both ICE vehicles and EVs. It goes directly to the source of mobility, allowing urban planning teams to make informed decisions on transportation upgrades that will make roads and cities safer, more efficient, and more sustainable.
The results of the World Car Awards (WCA) are in, and the Hyundai Ioniq 6 – the second model from Hyundai’s all-electric sub-brand – has won World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year. World Performance Car of the Year was awarded to the Kia EV6 GT, while the Lucid Air claimed World Luxury Car of the Year. The WCA are some of the most prestigious in the global automotive industry, so to see three electric vehicles win – with one model taking home two titles – is extremely promising for our electric future.
Advancing EV uptake with connected vehicle data
Mass EV uptake isn’t possible without a reliable national charging infrastructure. Earlier this year, Wejo founder and CEO Richard Barlow joined a panel of EV industry experts in a partnered podcast series with New Statesman to discuss the steps that must be taken to reach a sustainable electric vehicle solution. Specifically, Richard highlighted how connected vehicle data has the power to advance proposed EV targets at a rapid rate.
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