10 million EVs using bidirectional charging could power the entire UK.
Lithium-ion’s got competition
European climate group Transport and Environment (T & E) are claiming that solid-state batteries can cut the carbon footprint of an EV battery by 29%. Solid-state batteries use solid ceramic material, as opposed to liquid electrolytes in order to carry an electrical current. This means they could potentially carry more energy, charge quicker and be a safer alternative to lithium-ion.
“Solid-state technology is a step change because their higher energy density means less materials,” said T&E’s clean vehicles officer, Cecilia Mattea. Solid-state batteries also use a smaller amount of cobalt and graphite – two materials that are often mined using unsafe labor practices. T & E also advocated for incentives to be added to new EV battery regulations, to promote diminishing the industry’s carbon footprint, Reuters reports.
Hyundai announces affordable EV
Hyundai has announced its plans to produce a more affordable EV in Europe at the Automotive News Europe Congress. Not set to be released for a couple years, the car is part of the automaker’s plans to create more EVs, InsideEV reports. Currently, its Ioniq series is in the process of being released, with the Ioniq 6 due to go to market next. However, these models, while popular thanks to Hyundai’s status as a value leader in the industry, are priced higher. The entry-level price for the affordable EV is looking to be around $20,500.
Hyundai has confirmed that while it is looking into producing this EV, it will still be a while before the car hits the market. In the meantime, it is racing against other brands such as Tesla and GM, who are also looking to release EVs with a price point more palatable for the general public.
Norway’s got EV’s for miles
Ah Norway. Land of beautiful nature, Vikings and EVs. According to Norway’s statistical agency, the country’s EVs have now started covering more distance than its combustion vehicles annually. This has been a long time coming, due to improved EV range. The average distance travelled by the two types of cars has slowly been equalizing over the past 15 years.
In this article by Bloomberg, the growing capabilities of EVs are discussed, with hybrid and longer range EVs helping the transition along. Doubts about EV range are disappearing, with average distances travelled by an EV at an all-time high, having jumped up a great deal in 2013. More long-range EVs are becoming available as well, meaning that this trend is likely to continue and spread to other countries. However, even though EVs are travelling longer distances in Norway than combustion engines, they still only accounted for 17% of all kilometers travelled by cars in 2021.