SBD Automotive’s Event Research Team has just returned from EVS32
in Lyon, France with some initial thoughts on this year’s hot topics and
With over 6500 participants, 380 presentations, 300 exhibitors, and 1500 Ride&Drive
tests, the 32nd International Electric Vehicles Symposium & Exhibition
offers an excellent insight into how the EV market will continue to evolve.
CharIn is working towards complete interoperability as part of its Charging Interface Initiative – any
vehicle that is CCS (Combined Charging System) enabled should be able to use any CCS charging station.
Roaming support is another key issue, especially in Europe, to allow EV owners a seamless charging experience as they travel from one county to the next.
echoing sentiment at EVS32 – “standardization
should be standardized” - initially took the form of communication between
the car and the charger, but now includes Plug & Charge (ISO 15118),
encrypted payments, etc. Charging systems must
consider both the user and the operator to make an interface design that is
flexible, and considers price discounts as well as renewables.
important than Vehicle-to-Grid technology (V2G) and bi-directional energy flow are the business models
supporting it. Viable revenue streams are needed for anyone to actually use
their vehicle for grid support due to battery degradation realities, and this
requires additional hardware and software from automakers. With properly
integrated V2G, consumption can adapt to generation, with integration of EVs
into the grid for load shaving and charge planning. However, there are still valid
concerns that the value to the consumer is not currently sufficient for them to lend
their EV for grid support without incentives, given the
degradation that adding cycling will have on the vehicle’s battery
Global investment and
initiatives drive EV uptake
There has been massive industry investment in
electrification over the past few years with many more announced recently,
helping drive the effect of scale and competition to create cheaper electrified
parts with greater performance. Additionally,
the market has started to see e-mobility players partnering with the energy
sector to realize the potential environmental savings electrified transport can
bring to cities, unprecedented in the industry to-date. For example, Enedis
supplies 1.3 million km of low-voltage energy, which receives 4 billion
Euros-per-year investment, allowing over 400,000 producers of renewable energy
to tie into the distribution grid, accounting for 20 GWh capacity from
photovoltaic wind-power-generation facilities.
There was a resounding agreement at EVS32 that hydrogen will play a key role both in lowering emissions, and in the energy transition. Hydrogen can potentially provide a solution for industry and transport due to its range, payload, and refuel time requirements. Many believe that hydrogen is the best 'complimentary' solution to battery electric vehicles in a future market that will not consist of one-powertrain solutions, but rather a hybridized collection depending on application. Several major players have announced heavy investment in hydrogen technology such as fuel cells, hydrolyzers and infrastructure, including EDF, Michelin and Faurecia. ENGIE’s typical business is natural gas, electricity, and water delivery, however they have been gradually developing their hydrogen production business unit and are now offering hydrogen at 20 fueling stations across France.
Electric mobility is an important industrial, environmental
and social issue with 57% of NOx, and 20% of fine, particular-matter pollution being emitted by the transport sector. Worldwide emission
regulations are converging and advancing quickly, showing the vital commitment
of governments to help drive electrified technology from market entrant to mass
maturity. The messages were clear from the experts, exhibitors and government officials at EVS32 - the transition to cleaner energy production and consumption in the
transportation sector is not only a matter of business opportunity, but an
environmental necessity. Amsterdam may be the most aggressive with its zero
emission goals as, by 2025, all public transport will be zero emission and by
2030 all transport in the city must be zero emission. “Public perception,
affordability, and a fully-grown second-hand market are contingencies for these
ambitions to be successful,” said Sharon Dijiksma – Deputy Mayor – Traffic,
Transport and Air Quality – City of Amsterdam
The market is advancing quickly, don't get left behind!
"The EV market is moving fast" says Robert Fisher, Technical Manager at SBD Automotive's Munich office. "Not just new vehicle announcements and sales, but ideas, standards, technologies, coalitions, and innovations. Getting ahead (and then staying ahead) requires you to have quick access to announcements, trends and insights from large and small events around the world. To make this easier, we have just released the EVS32 Event Report."