Posts by: FleetCarma Staff
December 19, 2018
Electric Vehicle Outlook 2019
Over the last year, electric vehicles (EVs) have made significant progress. Looking ahead, increasing consumer choice with more EV models. Forming strategic partnerships with EV infrastructure experts, and improving cost efficiencies could mean a breakthrough year for the EV industry. But first, let’s cast our eyes on what’s happened over the last year. The Story So Far EV penetration in developed economies is mixed.[…]
December 4, 2018
Will Electric Vehicle Production Quotas Help Drive Adoption?
Encouraging consumers to adopt Electric Vehicles (EV) has been a difficult task. Policymakers continue to try and devise strategies to help create an environment for EVs to thrive. While most countries have struggled, notably, China has made giant strides. Last year, sales were more than triple that of the United States. Also, is set to introduce an EV quota to encourage OEMs to produce[…]
November 21, 2018
Sustainability in the Electric Utility Industry; How Electric Companies Can Become Sustainable
Electric utility companies have generally been slow to adopt sustainable practices. In part, this is because their traditional business models have been firmly cemented in producing electricity, and completing capital projects to expand infrastructure. However, these models are now proving to be outdated and unsustainable, threatening to pull them into a downward spiral. What has led this to be the case, what are the[…]
November 14, 2018
Should we be worried about the end of EV purchase grants?
The upfront cost of electric vehicles (EVs) is considered the main obstacle to potential consumers. As a counter, many governments have introduced purchase incentive programs which reduce the purchase price and thought to be the most effective tool to increase EV growth. However, purchase incentives cannot last forever. The UK has been one of the first to reduce the cash value of their EV[…]
October 31, 2018
How electric vehicles could be used to future-proof Floridas grid for extreme weather
Florida has witnessed an increase in extreme weather events as a result of the changing climate. When Hurricane Irma hit in September 2017, about 5.8 million homes and businesses were left without power, its residents staying in darkness and tropical heat with no air-conditioning, indoor temperatures reached the mid-90s. In some cases, it took twelve days before the power was fully restored. Managing power outages is[…]
October 24, 2018
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Florida
Lying firmly within the hurricane belt, Florida is fully aware of the impacts of climate change. Accordingly, the state has adopted a proactive approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs) and the necessary charging infrastructure. Globally, there are 3.1 million electric vehicles in operation, and this number will rise to at least 125 million by 2030. Although lower battery costs,[…]
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October 17, 2018
Manufacturing Electric Vehicles with Recycled Materials
Recycled materials have been used in cars for over a decade now, but mostly in out-of-sight places, like under the bonnet components. And they have always represented a very low proportion of total vehicle weight. As recycled material quality has improved, there’s been a recent growth in the use of recycled materials in more visible areas of the car, especially in vehicle interiors. Several[...]
October 17, 2018
Tips for Florida drivers to get the most out of an electric vehicle
All vehicles feel the impact from temperature extremes. The second greatest impact to the performance of an electric car, behind extreme-cold, is extreme heat. For EV owners in Florida who feel their vehicle may be under-performing, there are a number of easy to follow ways to boost the performance of an electric car in hot weather.
October 4, 2018
What can we learn from Germany about EV adoption?
Home to the most beloved fossil-fueled car brands, Germany has been lagging behind in EV adoption. As of the beginning of 2018, Germany had over 41 millions cars on the roads, and less than 100 000 of them were electric. But is the motherland of Mercedes and Volkswagen really losing the EV race? Not exactly. Even though the overwhelming majority of Germans still drive[…]
October 1, 2018
The environmental benefits of car sharing
Over 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. Even in a city as developed and well served by public transport as NYC, nearly half of all households own at least one car. It is this market that car sharing companies such as Car2Go and Zipcar are tapping into, and they are proving to be successful, with revenue in this sector expected[…]