Monday, February 19, 2018

Nissan Sees 2025 As Turning Point for Electric Cars - By Peter Campbell, Financial Times with Commentary by Jennifer Runyon Chief Editor

 Leaf Charging (Credit: Nissan) Click to Enlarge.
“We think that 2025 will be the turning point where the cost of an EV [electric vehicle] car, the same EV and internal combustion engine, will be the same,” he told the Financial Times.  “That will be a turning point for the customer.”  Nissan, through its global alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi, is the world’s largest electric car producer, selling more than 500,000 since launching the first battery Leaf car in 2010.
Read more at The Financial Times ($).

Editor's Take:  I am watching closely how the U.K. and EU are approaching Electric Vehicles (EVs).  I see more news coming out of that region about plans for more charging stations, greater market adoption, government incentives for EVs than I do from any other region.  The Financial Times article that you can access from the link gives an interesting prediction about when price parity between EVs and Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) will take place and how EVs will flourish immediately after.  In response to that article Delphine Clement, EMEA Mobility Segment Manager at Eaton sent Renewable Energy World the following statement about why the government needs to get serious about energy storage infrastructure such as charging stations and how these new grid assets will require additional solar, microgrids and load management techniques.
Looking forward, we will move from talking about ‘range anxiety’ for electric vehicles and start to really tackle the infrastructure changes needed to transform and facilitate the rise of electric vehicles.  The industry will think much more about how to work closely with the likes of major supermarkets and petrol stations to ensure sufficient charging points are installed throughout Europe.  This process will require the industry to consider what types of chargers should be installed and who will need to use them – influenced by user behaviors, autonomous vehicle uptake, commercial fleet management and external factors such as geography.

However, implementing a wider charging infrastructure will have a considerable impact on energy demand – forcing the energy sector to closely consider how peak demand and grid stability can be managed.  The solution to this issue will need to encompass not just the extension of grid infrastructure but also photovoltaics and storage, load management, smart charging and DC microgrids amongst other technologies.  In this way, the industry can enable the right infrastructure and easy access to charging to make range anxiety a thing of the past.’
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